Hi Mum. In my last letter, I was in very bad shape. River was gone and her passing left a hole in my life. If I were alone, I might have given up.
But I couldn't give up. I had Brooke to take care of. Here we are in the library. Those children's books are expensive to buy but free in the library. We read two.
This was the painting that River was working on just before she died. I'm keeping it as a memorial to my lovely wife. I wonder what it would have been worth if she had completed it?
I finally started to recover and decided it was time to fix the computer. I'll never write regularly without it.
I was looking through my address book and ran across Ripley. Ripley has a boyfriend but unlike so many of the women around, she doesn't have a family or a serious relationship. So I thought I'd ask her over and see if things developed.
You know that I'm nearly an elder and I'd like someone else to be here for Brooke. You never know when the Reaper is ready to stalk you.
I did tell Ripley everything. Small house, small income, small child.
It seems that she's still interested.
Oh Mum, I didn't think my heart would ever heal. I still long for River but Ripley is very special.
I've asked Ripley to be my girlfriend. She agree to that and to moving in with us.
I'm finally writing again. It shouldn't be long before I finish my new book.
Ripley decided to play with Brooke. Aren't they so cute together?
I gave Ripley a reward for being cute.
Teaching Brooke to talk was my last big want for her as a toddler. I taught her about some of the fun things in life.
And about some of the unpleasant things as well. She's read a couple of toddler books, maxed the logic toy and the music toy and mastered the toddler skills. She's ready to be a child.
My birthday. There was no way I was having a party or cake this time. I wonder if Ripley likes older men?