FOUND by Aaron in Crystal Cove, Newport Beach, California
I was taking a winter walk on the beach with my family. An attractive young girl jogged by and stopped just ahead of us at a rocky outcrop. When we got to that spot, I found this floating on the shoreline.
My band practices in a warehouse in an industrial neighborhood. I went outside to take a whiz and noticed a section of bushes that was being used as a “hobo heaven.” There was a ratty mattress, beer cans, etc. tucked away out of sight from the street. Being a sick and curious individual, I shook off the last drop and went over to investigate. And well did my diligence (and sickness) pay off!
I found this letter inside a used book that I bought in Germany (the books is English). The letter is obviously a final contact prior to an inevitable parting ways between Leo and Josh. You can almost feel Leonard’s hope and anguish in every sentence. I really felt sad for Leonard. I did wonder why he typed the letter (from the looks of it on the manual typewriter) instead of writing it long hand. I am also left wondering about his thought process in choosing this particular title to include as a gift with the letter: “Dungeon, Fire and Sword”, a history of the Templar Knights during the crusades. I would have thought poetry might have been a better choice. Finally, since there is a reference to Bastille Day, perhaps Josh was French. Does that mean the book traveled from New York to Germany by way of France?
This sad little grammar exercise came from a notebook I found in a closet at my parents’ house. Everything else in the notebook was written in Japanese, and since no one in my family knows Japanese we really don’t know where it came from. I thought it was interesting/strange that this would be the only English.