Chapter 2:

Quite a nice letter, really.

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Dear Karina,

I hope this letter finds you well; it's been three years since we last talked, after all. How goes your research? Have you made any progress in terms of your condition? I fear that the lack of contact could only mean that your efforts have been fruitless. I believe, however, that I may have found a piece of the puzzle that you have been trying to solve.

Every once in a while, the university is graced with bright, gifted minds that stand head and shoulders above the rest of their peers. You already knew that, of course. However, currently enrolled is a student unlike any I have ever seen in my thirty-seven years of teaching. Her name is Wynona Hawthorne, and rumors of her achievements have reached just about every ear on campus, even beyond her division. 

She is a Healer hopeful, same as you were. A prodigy in every sense of the word. Yet her abilities do not push people away; rather, it draws them in. I can guarantee you that a student as high-achieving and well-liked as her does not exist elsewhere. 

Although I was aware of her for quite some time, it was not until a few months ago that I saw her incantate with my own two eyes. The air hung heavy with her lona as soon as she began, and by the time she was done it was dense enough to see. All from a single cast of Cleanse. 

If I haven't stressed it enough yet, she is beyond measure. So far beyond, in fact, that the professors, myself included, had no idea what to do with her talents. I thought about you and your area of research, and knew that you would be a perfect match for her. You'd have someone extraordinary to act as both a research subject and assistant, and she could learn how to better control her lona from you. Two birds with one stone, so to say. 

By the time you have finished reading this letter, she should have arrived at your residence to stay for the summer. Your mother was kind enough to provide us with your whereabouts. She is a kind, curious soul determined to help others; a Healer to the bone. I'm sure you two will get along. Please do treat her kindly. 

                                                                                                    With all due graces,
                                                                                                                   Elizabeth Ochiltree

P.S. Just in case you think to refuse, I thought to take this opportunity to mention that you do still owe me a favor. I wish you two well.

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