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Separating was also not a great idea, though they weren't doing great at staying together anyway. If she were to volunteer to be the human sacrifice.. well... Hogsmeade had plenty of debutantes anyway...

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Family lost, family found
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July 27th, 1884

Dear sister,

Perhaps you won’t find these news as sorrowful as I do, considering how things turned out in the family. In which case, I’m only happy for you. There is enough grief in the Boyle family already.

Our dear father - Jesus have mercy on him - has left us.

Please don’t mistake this for an invitation to the funeral. The wound you inflicted on the family reputation still stings, and some may not react well to your presence. But if you ever want to pay respects to our passed away father, I can tell you how to find the grave.

With best regards,

your brother Clifford

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August 1st, 1884

Clifford,

You will, I hope, forgive me my delay in responding. To say that I was surprised to hear from you is something of an understatement, and I needed some time to adjust to the news brought to me by your owl. I rejoice only to have heard from you, for though Father and I had our differences—to say the least—it is not in my nature to wish death upon anyone, particularly when there are still those who do love them.

Though the circumstances are sad, I do hope that you are well. I think of you—and of Amos, and Mother, and even Father—more often than I care to, and wonder how you are all making your way through the world. I do not know if you think of me, and do not wish you to feel guilty if you do not. If you do, however, I hope you do so without concern, for I have found a position in the Ministry of Magic and am, in spite of all that has happened, doing well for myself.

I thank you for taking the time to write, and welcome further correspondence.

Yours,
Elinor
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August 3rd, 1884

Elinor,

Please don’t worry about the delay, I understand your need for time. And several days is nothing after years of silence.

I’m sorry for thinking you could be so unforgiving, I didn’t mean to offend you. Maybe deep inside I hoped that at least someone would be happy.

While I was still living with our my our family, our departed father rarely spoke about you, and never in presence of guests. And although the rest of us didn’t mention your name at all, I think we all thought of you sometimes.
I did.
And now I’m glad you’ve found a place in this world. And I hope the man you eloped with is worth such family complications. I wish you both luck.

Thanks for a warm reply,
sincerely,

your brother Clifford

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August 8th, 1884

Clifford,

With regret, I must reveal that I remain unmarried still. My darling Mr. Gower was lost in the line of duty just a week before our nuptials were scheduled to take place. I did think, then, of writing to the family—Mother, in particular—but decided I could not rightly return to those who so ardently dismissed my feelings, even if they would have had me. Some days, I do wonder what life might have been like had things been different, but I am happy in my life the way that it is.

Please, tell me something of your own life in the years that we last spoke. I hope you are not yet married, for if you pardon my saying so, you would be quite young to do so, but hope also that you have found yourself in a career that might offer you similar fulfillment. I am, as you might imagine, rather starved for news.

Yours,
Elinor
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August 12rd, 1884

Elinor,


I’m sorry for your loss and for reminding you about it. Jesus be my witness, it wasn’t my intent to bring up this tragedy. Please accept my sincerest condolences. Not everyone can pass such a test of faith go through difficulties of such magnitude and maintain a good outlook on life. And I’m happy and proud that you’re this strong.

I’m indeed not married, although I was considering it at some point, as my finances became less of a concern. Which brings us to my career. It pays well, it’s reasonably challenging, and it benefits people a lot. When I think about it, a healer is definitely the best job for me. After all, Jesus was an accomplished Healer, as well, among other things.

As for other news, I could probably write for pages and pages. Anything in particular you want to hear about next?

And what about you? You mentioned working for the Ministry, but that’s ambiguous, considering how many completely different departments there are. I hope you didn’t follow in your bethroted’s footsteps and become an Auror. Although it would likely give us many opportunities to meet doing our jobs, but those are not circumstances I would like to meet you under.

Yours,

Clifford



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