Ah finally foun’ some free time on account o’ arrivin’ hyar at th’ academah t’write yo’. Mah comman’ers hyar doesn’t pow’ful like th’ way ah talk an’ ah’s cornstantly hittin’ th’ groun’, runnin’ laps, o’ some other fo’m of dicipline t’co’reck mah spetch. ah find it odd thet varmints pow’ful care about how ah talk. Shet mah mouth! ah guess thin’s is diffrunt outside of farmin’ communities. ah better be gittin’ back t’readin’ mo’e on tackics. ah will write t’yo’ agin when ah find a moment.
It was quite an exciting trip wasn’t it? We were all pretty lucky, but sorry I had to be the wounded drag along, and thanks to you and the other troopers for certain. As far as speech, well…. I definitely remember some rigid requirements in my comms classes, so i’m certain the Corps gets the same treatment. Everyone has to understand you, after all. Scuttlebutt says that things are heating up in the Galaxy, life after the academy might be pretty interesting, but you and your squad-mates be careful. Speaking of, do you see any of the other people who were on the shuttle regularly? If you do, be sure to pass on a thank you to them.
–Cdt. J. Keyes
Yes, ah do see ev’ryone fum th’ shettle crash. We all inded up bein’ th’ th’ same squad, even thet lone trooper we came across. I will pass on your thanks. ah’s not pow’ful sho’nuff whut life has t’hold af’er th’ academy, especially on account o’ th’ galaxy is so large. Ah do knows howevah thet th’ academah is an interestin’ place, an’ I will be the best of the troopers here. Speakin’ of which ah have foun’ a rival, among mah sister squad, cuss it all t’ tarnation, Cadet Cliff Hanger. He’s always just ahead of me. How is flight school going?
An interesting twist of fate, don’t you think? Well, I hear Cmdr. Cyrus makes some very unique command decisions, so you never know. Cliff Hanger… that’s quite the name. I don’t follow too much information on cadets around here, too busy living in my cave, going over all kinds of systems and sub-systems. I was really hoping to make it in to a fighter squadron, but It looks like it won’t happen soon. I am Well, I don’t know too much about fighters and heavies. As a trooper, I’ll see the inside of more than my fair share of shuttles and transports. I reckon each different ship has its strong points. I would say that fighters have speed but probabldoing qualification trials on a Delta-class shuttle next week though, so for a while that may be as close to a TIE as I get. Well, I’m sure you can outscore that Hanger guy if you put your mind to it. Well, back to studying for me, see you around perhaps.
-Cdt. J. Keyes
I’s so’ry t’hear thet you didn’t get a TIE slot. You will ace them D-class shettle qualificashuns. Remember we had one rough lan’in’ here at Carida an’ survived thanks t’you. On overall, I guess I’s doin’ fine here in th’ Co’ps trainin’. They really don’t tell us how fine we is doin’. This here mo’nin’ was heavy weapons trainin’. I always does love th’ CATAM range. Th’ af’ernoon resulted in heavy physical trainin’ then sharpshootin’ practice.
I’ve been reckonin’…We is both cadets. We sh’d drop this here fo’mality of addressin’ etch other as cadet. I’s not pow’ful certain how it works out here in th’ galaxy but back home friends called etch other by their fust name. Especially in writ’n letters. With thet in mind, I will sign this here by my fust name only.
Yeah, that certainly was a rough landing, but if there is a next time, I think I can do better. Yeah the Deltas are pretty easy. Smooth flyers, but a little slow for me. You get to train on field weapons, and I’ve been training on the starship weapons, so I guess I get to play with the bigger guns, but of course it isn’t the same. We do get to go on the range with pistols from time to time though, as well as the navy carbine, but, that’s very rare. I suppose there is no harm in dropping formalities, at least in messages. You can call me Joanna, though, sometimes it feels a bit drawn out. Well my little brother calls me JoJo, but I don’t really think that would be such a good idea, so, I don’t know, I guess Joanna will have to do. Keep up the hard work then.
I’m quite jealous that you get t’use mo’ trimenjus guns thWell, I don’t know too much about fighters and heavies. As a trooper, I’ll see the inside of more than my fair share of shuttles and transports. I reckon each different ship has its strong points. I would say that fighters have speed but probablan I. We have never trained been trained yet on th’ navy carbine. An’ we probably never will, reckonin’ about it. I suppose you could consider Joana t’be a li’l drawn out. My brothers an’ sisters doesn’t pow’ful have a nickname for me. Not pow’ful sure what you’d redooce my name to. Lee? Anyhow, if you wanted with sumthin different, you could possibly use Jo o’ Anna. I’m sure there is others too. An’ yes, I do agree that JoJo would not be such a great idea. If all things hoof it fine, I will have a weekend pass here soon. We should try an’ meet, especially if your free yourself. Maybe the cafe be a nice place.
Jo or Anna huh? I might have to think about it. I do have some time coming up. The cafe sounds nice, I don’t have much else going on out here. I would like to bring a friend however, if that would be all right. He’s another academy pilot, and he’s pretty good. He is a fairly nice guy, like you, so I imagine you two might get along well enough, he doesn’t have as much as the flyboy edge as some of the guys out here. Well, just let me know what time you have in mind. Like I said, I should have the time available.
((Leon and Joanna, meet at the cafe, but the academy is attacked on the same day. What follows is the last letter Leon writes to Joanna just before graduation from the academy.))
I’m not sure whether you have been reading anything I have sent you. This will be my last letter, so I am going to put it all out there.
I know you are hurting and that you feel betrayed. Not just by me, but by Kyle too. Nothing I can say or write can take away the pain you are feeling. I am truly sorry I caused you pain. You must understand that I lied to protect you. So, that you could go into battle with a calm cool head and survive. I would venture that Kyle would agree. I could tell he cared for you very much. He wanted you to live and fly for both of you. If I had tried to save him before blowing an exit for the TIE we would all be dead now. And I did try to save him. I still don’t know how that proton torpedo did not kill me sometimes I wish it had.
Graduation is upon us. I hope that the next time I see you it will be on friendly terms. I know it can never be as it was, but I would at least like to still be friends. I will keep my promise.