Thursday, August 12, 3058
Greetings from Twinbrook! I’ve almost finished unpacking, thank you for letting me take some of the old family portraits. Our new home is lovely and Eugene and I are settling in nicely. The town is full of interesting people, I’m sure we will make good friends here. Those close-minded women in Saint Cloud often sneered when they asked about Eugene’s father, I am hopeful that people here won’t be so judgemental. I know it won’t be easy but I have no regrets about my decision to be a single mother. It’s a shame people can’t understand that I’m not a terrible woman with “loose morals” chasing after their husbands.
It was hard to leave you all behind but the only way we can have a fresh start is in a new town where no one knows us. I don’t usually let gossip bother me but the vicious rumour mill was simply too much to take. Just before we left Bradford I discovered that Niklaus, Eugene’s father, had a previous child out of wedlock with another woman. The child’s name is Jeffry and he lives with his mother in Saint Cloud. Do you think I should tell Eugene that he has an older brother?
Speaking of brothers, I am so pleased to hear that you and Pasha are expecting another child! You must be tickled pink. Eugene often asks about his cousin, Nikki, and I assure him that you’ll come to visit us in our new home soon. You will, won’t you?
Que sera, sera, dear Liliya. Whatever will be, will be but I must admit that I have a good feeling about this place.
All my love,