Words cannot completely and unerringly express the magnitude of my embarrassment; I had sworn myself to be above the trivialities of penning letters, forsaking such an antiquated means of communication for more modern technologies. And yet, I find myself now with pen in hand, my mind befuddled, a schooner run aground by the torrent of emotions that accompanies the mere utterance of your name, let alone when my unprepared eyes happen to meet yours for even the briefest of moments. My heart leaps for joy at the sound of your voice, even while my soul laments the miles that separate us. Truly, my dear, you divide me, stripping me of pride and sense until all that remains is my deepest affection for you. That I should suffer such a schism willingly is testament to your power over me.
I have heard news that tragedy has befallen your countrymen: such things shall pass, I'm sure. M