Posted by Nancy, the dark haired lass on April 04, 2000 at 12:02:01:
Cpl. Malcolm MacWilliam
77th Reg't of Foot
My dear Malcolm,
I write to report that, in the midst of all the bad news of late, I have some news of great joy! I have finally gotten out of Gloria why she has been so upset over Timothy's decision to go after Seamus. I have been very concerned for her, as you will remember from my last dispatch, over her catatonic-like state. No one could communicate with her. She would only sit and stare blankly, as if she was dead. I have finally been able to get her to talk some. She has begun to speak with me about her feelings and, well...it would appear that the reason she was in this state of shock was that she had not gotten to tell Timothy before he left with Deux Chemises that he is to be a father! She is sure! Gloria is with child, and she fears that Timothy will fall victim to the Shawanese or French and never know it. Her worst fear, however, is that her child will never know its father. I have assured her that God will watch over them all and will deliver Timothy safely to her. Oh, Malcolm, I pray the same for my Seamus, and, I, too, still have this tremendous knot in my stomach. I have heard from a friendly Indian from Big Island that he saw a friend of Sign Talker named Two Dogs who told him Seamus has escaped his captors! My heart leapt at the news! I pray it is true! I still have great fear, however, because I am sure while Seamus is very good at his craft,who knows what cruelties have been reaped upon him, and who knows what his physical condition may be for such a long, arduous journey back here. The Shawanese are many, and likely much stronger than Seamus right now. My hopes and prayers are that Timothy and the others find him first.
I am thankful I have Gloria to take care of, Malcolm. The last time Seamus was away I had no one...and you know how I was then. Gloria needs me, and I need her. I must go now and try to get her to eat something, which she has not done in days. I will remind her of the life growing within her and that it needs nourishment if it is to survive and grow, and that her obligation now is to her child, no matter what may happen to Timothy. She is to be a mother, and that, alone, should snap her back to herself. Gloria is strong, and I don't, for one minute, think she will abandon her child for her own self-interest.
Please keep us in your prayers, Malcolm, and say special ones for Gloria, Timothy, and their child...
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