Absit Invidia

Derryck's Letters: Ellie #1

A New Beginning

Dear Ellie,

It’s been a long time. There’s a lot that I’ll have to tell you someday. I don’t know how much you know about what happened to me, but that’s something for another day. I don’t even know if you’ll be able to read this letter, but there’s a few things I need to say to you so I hope that it’ll get through to you.

I’m alive. I’ve survived my exile this long and I’m hopeful that I can continue to do so. It was difficult, and I’ll admit that there were a lot of times that I was sure I wasn’t going to survive it. Vocans is a tough place to stay alive in but I managed to do so. I’m not sure if it’s lucky or not that I’m not there anymore.

I joined up with a group of adventurers here in the past year and have been traveling with them and I’m closer to home than I’ve ever been before in my exile. I’m near Shaymoore, at the moment, and I find myself constantly looking in the direction of home. However, I know that I might not be able to return and that breaks my heart.

I miss home. I miss you, Ellie. I hope that, one day, I’ll be able to see you again. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about you. I’m so sorry that I haven’t sent word to you until now.

I’ve sent a few letters to mother and never got a response, so I was never sure if they arrived or not. It’s hard for mail to get out of Vocans so it wouldn’t surprise me if none of them reached home, but now, being so close, I knew I had to at least try. I needed to let you know how I was doing because I hope you haven’t been worrying about me like I’ve been worrying about you. A lot can happen in almost six years of being away and I truly hope that you’re doing alright.

I love you, little sister, and I hope I can hear from you soon.

Your Brother,

Dear Derryck,

It has been a very long time. I did not know much about your exile until about a year ago. Until then all I knew is that you had left, and no one would tell me why. I used to always hope that one day you would walk through the door and I would be able to give my big brother a hug. But you never showed as the years past that hope seemed to fade until I received your letter.

I want you to tell me everything what’s it like traveling? What was Vocans like? Do you like the adventures you are with? Have you done anything cool?

You were close to home if you were at Shaymoore. Please be careful Derryck, that town has been known to have a lot of fighting, which I know you enjoy but be careful. As for the letters you sent to mother, I have no idea if they arrived but I plan to find out. And yes, a lot did happen over six years but I am still your loving little sister who misses you dearly.

Please write back soon.

Your Sister,



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