Halo Love Letter
Below is an idea I’ve been kicking around in my head about a love letter in the Halo Universe between two characters. I might expand it in the near future and flesh out background and experiences/memories of both characters. For now its just a slight insight to what its like between a soldier and a student living far away from each other during the Human-Covenant War.
RECEIVED (trans) 05.2.7.0421
via x-process 02718.104.22.168229
DATE: May 5th 2552
ORIGIN: HARMONY COLONY
FROM: ODST First Sergeant Nathanial Manis
TO: Nora Aman
By the time this transmission reaches you it will have spent almost a few weeks in sub space. It is too crazy to think about the science behind that because all I care about is coming home to you. I miss you and not even the stars distract me from that.
Already eighteen months have passed since getting out of ODST training and we’re all getting restless here. None of us have seen a tail or hide of the Covenant except for ghost stories that come in with the nearby shipping freighters. Tall tales from even taller men claiming they’ve seen entire planets wiped out by a few cruisers. I won’t be quick to jump to conclusions but every day that passes seems to make the troops more fearful and anxious.
Training helps to keep focus but nothing prepares you for what hits you the most. It’s the distance, Nora. The distance from home is what’s killing me. I’m all the way out here on the outer fringe colonies waiting for the Covenant to make their move but what if they get past us? What if they reach you first and I’m stuck light years away unable to do anything.
I just wish we could strike first. Colonel Herzog calms us down claiming it is only a matter of time before we see something to kill but every day is almost quieter than the last. I don’t mean to frighten you. I’ve taken great care of myself, keeping my mind occupied with the local fauna and vegetation. I wish you could be here to see some of the flowers on this planet. It’s nothing like home I assure you. How I wish you could see, you would be absolutely stunned with amazement. Perhaps I can convince one of the freighter captains to bring some home for you if they’re going out your way. I can only imagine the look on your face when you see them!
I do hope your studies are going well. By the time you read this you should be finished your second year in medical school. I know you will make a fine Doctor. How you ended up with a grunt by your side still shocks the soldiers when I tell them. I keep your picture in my armour fold while I’m on duty so you’re always close to my heart.
This war will be over before you know it and I’ll be home as soon as I can my love. Nora please do not worry about me, I have some good squad mates and they’ll make sure I come home in one piece. You know me, I keep my promises. Take care of yourself and know I always love you.