3TC — Lost Letters

FDA4BF2C-155C-4BAA-A426-C22DE097AD8FAnita found the bundle of letters and old photographs inside the desk drawer of her late mother’s desk as she and her husband were preparing for the estate sale.

January 11, 1917

My Dearest Theodore,

I still am having trouble adjusting to the fact that it is summer down here in South Africa while you are probably knee-deep in snow back home. The sail across the Atlantic from New York took forever and I’m so glad to finally be on solid ground. I can’t tell you how many times the ship’s captain offered up a mia culpa for the rough seas we encountered. But otherwise, he was quite amicable and accommodating.

I just checked into the hotel and it’s less primitive than I expected it to be. I’m going to take a bath, then go to the salon to have my hair done, and then will be dining with a few of my traveling companions.

All my love,



January 31, 1917

My Darling Marie,

It’s still a mystery to me as to why, especially in a time of such global conflict, that you would embark on such a trip, but you’ve always been a free spirit. I miss you so and I’m looking forward to your return to me in March.

Yours forever,



February 21, 1917

Dearest Theodore,

I missed being with you on Valentine’s Day, but I have been having the most amazing time here in Africa. This week I went on a safari into the bush lands and I even rode on an elephant. It was an experience I shall never forget. Tonight our safari tour guide is taking us all out to dinner to celebrate our successful adventure. I’m exhausted, my dear, but I feel that it would not be proper of me to weasel out of that dinner, especially after Nigel gave me a beautiful native talisman.

Until next time,



March 10, 1917

Dear Maria,

Thank you for sending me those beautiful photographs. You look very happy. Was that man standing next to you with his arm around your waist your safari guide? Is that Nigel? Did you get the photographs I sent to you of all the snow blanketing the city? We’ve had an unusually cold and wet winter this year.

On another note, I’m sure you’ve heard about how some passenger ships in the North Atlantic have been sunk by German U-Boats over the past several months. I hope that your journey home at the end of this month will be uneventful. By the time you return, it will be spring here and we can enjoy all the city has to offer.




April 2, 1917

Dear Theodore,

I know you expected me to have arrived home by now, but I have totally fallen in love with Nigel. Much to my surprise, Nigel has invited me to move in with him and I have graciously accepted. I do hope you’ll understand.

Best regards,




You brazen hussy. I hope you and your safari man come down with cholera or some other exotic disease. Should you ever decide to return to the States, may your passenger ship have a close encounter with a German U-Boat.


Written for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are salon, mystery, and elephant.

Also for Teresa’s Genre Writing Challenge, where the writing genre is Epistolary Fiction, or stories constructed as a series of letters exchanged between characters, based upon the image at the top of this post.

Also for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (mea culpa), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (amicable), Ragtag Daily Prompt (weasel), and Your Daily Word Prompt (talisman).

11 thoughts on “3TC — Lost Letters

  1. The Haunted Wordsmith March 28, 2019 / 1:49 pm

    It’s amazing how many went with the breaking up theme. Is that how we view letter writing? lol
    Great story!

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    • Fandango March 28, 2019 / 2:14 pm

      Maybe breaking up by letter is less stressful that doing it face to face.

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  2. hannanabanana March 28, 2019 / 2:34 pm

    wow how intense! I love the conversation of reading the letters back and forth 🙂

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  3. Marleen March 28, 2019 / 3:12 pm

    All my love…

    Until next time…

    Best regards.

    She “graciously accepted”? Lol.

    It was an understanding in the circles where I grew up that one does not break up in a letter. You are to do it in person. Honestly, I don’t know how that can go well, really. In my experience, the guy is painfully heartbroken, even if (especially if?) It’s not about some other guy. And, as for guys, I’ve heard of them getting in a last “f…” before breaking the news.

    Just write the damn letter. One. Up-front. But she was hedging her bets.

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  4. msjadeli March 28, 2019 / 7:57 pm

    What’s up with all of the letter exchanges in the prompts today? I’ve seen at least 3 (you, Paula, and Kristian). Yours was just as entertaining as theirs were. All variations on “Dear John”

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    • Fandango March 28, 2019 / 11:06 pm

      They are in response to Teresa’s Genre Writing Challenge, where were supposed to write a post constructed as a series of letters exchanged between characters. I guess “Dear John” letters are the only kind of letters people send or receive anymore. I suppose it beats a Dear John text.

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      • msjadeli March 29, 2019 / 9:19 am

        lol ok that explains it. i like that genre it makes for good fiction

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