Letter(s) from Ekaterina Rumyantseva to Frank (USA)

Letter 1

Hello Frank.

I didn't write you for a while. I am sorry. I know I had to think about you and just write you a short note earlier. I had something I had must solve before I write you anything. I know you worry for me. As you see from the subject of my letter things doesn't smile at me. I am sad and confused. I don't want to tell it to you. I know you want to meet me. But I will be unable to come to the US by my own. I need a sponsor to pay my travel.

Frank, I want to explain you the whole situation. In my last letter I told you I would have a talking with Andrey about funding my travel by trade union. I met him and he said that our trade union will not pay my travel. I asked why and how it may be? They carry out this exchange programm without funding it? He said it is not right. Our government arranges traveling papers, visas, contract with American government. They also pay salary and supply place for living for american teachers that will come to work to Russia. Travel expenses must be covered from local budget or our trade union. My school refused to pay travelling and trade union can't pay for it too because Moscow didn't send money. Andrey said it is because of the non-coordination of our government.

I asked him what I can do? He said I can pay my travel by my own or find a sponsor. I asked who will pay me the salary for work in the US? He said when I will come to New York, we will contract with American government and they will supply the apartment and the salary for us.

Well, I asked him how much I must pay. When he said the sum I was very confused. It is $1200 USD. I knew I didn't have such sum and I even can't borrow it from someone here. Andrey was very sorry for me. He said such things happen often. The government carry out some programm and doesn't fund it.

After that talking I went to bank trying to get loan. But when they leant I am coming to the USA they refused to me. I talked to my friends trying to find money but I knew they didn't have such sum. This is my salary for 9 months. I tried to ask for sponsorship in some commercial companies but they don't want to deal with me because they don't see any profit.

Andrey said I need to find a private sponsor and I thought about you.

Frank, I didn't want to ask you for any help. I wanted to do everything by my own. But I don't have any other options. Andrey said my plane is on June 25, 2005.

I must be in Moscow with money by this time. I will fly to New York if I have money and I won't fly in other cases. I have not enough time to find money here and I want to ask you to be my sponsor.

Frank, I understand everything you may think about me. I hate asking people for money and I always try to do everything by my own. But now I really need your financial assistance. I estimated everything. I will reimburse you this sum in one month. I also can pay you extra money back. I will work in your state for sure. I don't know what school. They will tell it in New York. I will earn at least $3000 for a month and I will have a place to live. You see I will be able to return you the money.

Frank, you are the only man I know in the USA. I don't want to mix our relationship and money. But I don't have anyone else to ask for this help. I know if things even will not work out between us we will stay good friends.

I don't want to lie you and say that I love you. I can't say it to the man I have never met. But you must know that I have the warmest feelings for you and I want to develop them. You know what this travel means for me. It is my only chance to come to America and start new life. It also maybe new life start for you... or for us. I am honest woman and I honestly tell you that I will never hurt you or cheat you. I will be there for ten months. This is more than enough to make a decision about us.

Frank, I have already told you about my plans for future. I want to come to the USA, earn some money to start my own business and find good man to love each other and enjoy our life together. I think I have already found this man... Smile. YOU. When I heard from Andrey that my future ruined I was so stressed and confused. I don't want to give it up. I still have my hope. You are this strong man that can help me.

Frank, be my sponsor! Help me with travel expenses, please. I will wait for your answer with all my hope.

Yours truly.