My Dearest Antje,
I don't know if you will ever read this letter, but I wanted to write some words in case the worst happens.
We've been locked up down here for what I guess must be about two days now: ever since that snake Torsten brought those foreigners here. I always suspected he was involved in mithril smuggling, but bringing Northmen here!? That's beyond the pale! I don't know what they are looking for, they just locked us up in here and grabbed Ingolf to show them down to one of the old seams that we tapped out last year. We gave up that seam when we broke through into a bottomless void so I've no idea what they could possibly want with it.
Whatever they want, we haven't seen Ingolf since and his little lad Bastian has been inconsolable. I feel bad for him, what with losing his Ma when he was a babe, and now probably his Da too, especially with him not even into his 7th year. I haven't the heart to tell him that he'll more than likely get to meet his Da again soon on the Infinite Plain.
I've been telling everyone that they'll let us go soon, but I don't think that's going to happen. We're already out of water, and the air is getting worse with us all packed in here. But no matter how much we pound on the door they just ignore us. So whether they come back and kill us all, or just keep us locked up, I doubt we'll see tomorrow, never mind seeing the sun again.
I've been praying to Lofwyr as hard as I know how, that somehow we'll get out of this, but with every hour that passes hope fades a little. If you do get to read this letter then please know that I loved you and little Ellie more than you can know, and I'm sorry I can't be there to be with you both. You'll do a brilliant job with her, and I'm sure she'll grow to be a match for the wonderful, beautiful woman that is her mother.
Please do one last thing for me – take Ellie and go stay with your sister in Longcliffe. There's trouble brewing here and I want both of you as far away as you can get. I'm sure she'll be happy with another pair of hands to mend the nets, and Ellie will be happy with all those kids of hers to play with. Live long for all of us my dear, and keep me safe in your heart.
All my love always,