Chapter 2

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February 14th,

Dear Danielle.

Valentine's day? That was a month ago; the letters really do take long to reach their destinations. Do I even want to read further? I honestly didn't expect a response. Part of me is excited, but the other part didn't want a response.

Thank you so much for your letter. It meant so much for me, and it was exactly what I needed to hear today. Ironically your letter arrived on Valentine's day or like I like to call it S.A.D., Single Awareness Day. The guys are all still mad at me because they thought it was my girlfriend writing to me after I told them I'm single, but they'll soon get over it. Just so you know, I just got slapped because of what I wrote. The guys don't like the fact that I told you about their behaviour, I'll probably get another one for telling you about the first one.

Great, now they think I'm his girlfriend, but the part of the slapping is pretty funny. Is that a subtle way of telling me he is single or am I reading too much into it? I'm also not the only one who calls it Single Awareness Day, my other name for it ism Independence Day. Maybe I should put that in my response, wait, am I really considering writing back? Pushing the thought away I continue to read.

I don't know if I should feel honored or insulted that you had to go read up on how to write. Now that I think about it, it's actually funny, but I appreciate the trouble you went through to at least try and do what is considered the norm. Although I'm glad you didn't stick to the norm.

The Bible verses are spot on what I needed to hear at the moment. I'm going to be putting your letter up where I can read the verses every time I see them. Just so you know, writing to you feels so strange, I can understand how you must have felt. Since you provided information about yourself, I think it's only fair that I return the favor.

Do I really want to know more about this guy? Without intending to I continue reading.

My name is Justin Anderson and it is 'Dear sailor', I think. I'm part of the Navy SEALs and we fall under the Navy, so I guess that makes me a sailor.

So he's a SEAL, I have heard a lot about them, but I don't actually know any of them. I guess I kind of do now.

I actually lived in Norfolk at one stage and we deployed from there a few months ago, so yes I do know it (the state, not where you live).

Why did I even put that in the original? It does however tell me he has a sense of humour or at least I hope so.

What else would you like to know? I'm a born again Christian, so the verses meant the world to me. It also showed/reminded me once again that God knows our every need and His timing is always perfect.

Yes, he's a Christian, this is awesome news.

Once again thank you for your letter. Feel free to write again, but I guess I would have to wait about two months to know if you'll write back. Did you know email is faster? You're welcome to email me, but I don't really have Internet connection so maybe writing is easier.



I silently said thanks to God for using me to encourage Justin; it just goes to show if you are obedient to the Holy Spirit you can make a difference. I re-read the letter another two times, each time grinning like an idiot, a letter from a stranger shouldn't make me so happy, but it does. Should I write back? I want to, but does he really want me to?

Before I could change my mind, I quickly grabbed a piece of paper to start writing.

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