Letter(s) to Thomas (USA)

Letter 1

Hello my friend Tom!

How are you there my friend? How are your folks and friends? I hope that everything is well there! I'm just fine. The weather here is going to get better. And it fills me with the energy and hope. I visited my mother in the hospital this morning and found her in a good condition and mood. I talked with her for a few time and then I had a conversation with her doctor. He said that she is feeling well and her condition is stable. He also said that if everything will be ok she will be released from the hospital within a week! I was very glad to hear such good news. Since my aunt Vera is already here she will help me to take care of my mother now and then when I'll leave to come to NYC. I think I'll reserve a flight on April 6 previously. I think that my mother will be released by this day already and my aunt Vera will take care of her. My mother's doctor said that the hospital will bill us tomorrow. He said that her medical insurance does not cover her surgery. That's no good, but I think I'll be able to afford it. I'm sure that I have to help to pay my mother's bill since she is a pensioner. As you know pensioners here are very poor people and my mother afford it herself. Tom, every time when I see your message in my mailbox I can't stop smiling. You brighten my days, Tom! I never told you that I find you attractive, but it is so! I'm aware that you are older than me but I think it's rather good than bad. I have always liked men who older than me. I believe that a woman should be younger than her man. Do you agree with me? Tom, I want to ask you to do not judge me too strictly if I didn't answer some of your questions, it was a very hectic, nervous week and I could miss something. I hope you understand. By the way my friend Katerina told me to say Hi to you! I saw her lately and told her about you. I must admit she was pretty surprised that we grow into such feelings towards each other. She said that maybe someday she will follow me in finding the place for work. Who knows, but she has to learn English first of all, she speaks very badly. Tom, I've prepared a new picture for you! It was taken a year ago in Turkey. Have you ever been to Turkey? Turkey is the only place I have been abroad. It's quite affordable place to rest. You can see me and my friend Katerina on the picture. Katerina is behind me in the sunglasses.
I hope you like this pic. Well I have to go. Till tomorrow Tom!
With Deep Affection for You!
Your Russian g/friend
Maria

Letter 2

Hello Tom!

How are you? I hope not bad! It's just a quick note for you Tom. We walked with my friend Katerina and decided to stop by in the internet cafe and to drop you a line! Everything is fine here! The weather is good but I have something that made my spirit low. I received a Dr's bill today and it did not make me happy. Looks like I'm in trouble. Fortunately I have friends and relatives who can help me. So do not worry Tom! The things will work out for us! Oh! The internet cafe is ready to close so I have to quit here. I'll write you tomorrow!
With Deep Affection for You!
Your Russian g/friend
Maria

Letter 3

Hello honey!

How are you doing? I hope everything is going well for you. The weather here has become good at last. My mother is feeling well and her doctor said that she is recovering pretty fast. I'm very glad that everything goes well for her. My aunt Vera is feeling good too. She lives in our apartment now and will take care of my mother in the nearest future since I'm leaving to NYC. I hope that friend Katerina will help my mother also. Well, I tried to find more money yesterday, but it seems that I took off all money from my relatives and friends already. I also tried to formalize a loan to my aunt Vera, but since she is a pensioner and does not have appropriate income to get such loan I was refused again. I started to feel that the things will not work out for me, but I decided to go to my agency and ask them if I could get an advance ($5400) which I'll get in NYC here in Yarega. But I was disappointed again. I was told that I'll get my advance as soon as I'll sign the contract. When I'll sign the contract I'll get this money in cash or they could be deposited into my account which I'll have to open. I was absolutely upset Tom. I asked in the agency if I could get a loan but do not tell in the bank that I'm leaving to NYC. And I was told that when I'll pass the registration in the airport I'll be check out completely - they will check my documents, baggage and my credit history! And if I have a debt I'll not be allowed for boarding. They showed the simple example: Let's imagine that somebody got a loan of $100000.00 dollars (or more) and fly away. In this case the bank has no possibility or law to return the money back. Tom, I have to confess - I made a mistake. I was asked before the operation: "who will pay the bill after the surgery". And I told them that I will. I have never expected that it will so expensive. I was told that it will be much cheaper. So I signed the paper where I'm figuring like a payer. What a fool I am! But what I have to do? What did you do if you will be on my place? I suppose you will do the same Tom. I do not know how it is accepted there but here in Russia it is very common when the children help their parents especially if they are pensioners. Tom, please do not blame me too much; I know that I did stupid thing. I learned my lesson well. But I do not know what to do now. My agency said they can wait 3 weeks and then my work place could be occupied by another employer. I know it could look weird but it seems that you are my last hope. I know for sure that I will not earn $970 dollars in 3 weeks, it's impossible. Tom, could you help me with money somehow? It will be not a gift! I want to borrow the money from you. I swear I'll repay the money back to you as soon as I come to NYC and get my advance. I believe I can send the money from NYC to you somehow, or I could repay the money when we'll meet. Please believe me Tom, I'm not going to deceive you! I have no reason to do so. My new life is waiting for me in America and I hope YOU are waiting for me too! Please let me now if you could help me. And if you could I'll give the information on how you could help me, ok. Please do not think that I push you to do it. If you can't I'll understand then. I know that many people in America live from check to check and maybe you have your own problems that need your attention. But I hope you will help me Tom. Maybe when we meet we will laugh at this together, but for now I really need a support. Well I have to close now. I'll try to find out something, maybe the situation is not as bad as it seems! I'll keep you informed!
I'll wait for your reply anxiously!
With Deep Affection for You!
Your Russian g/friend
Maria

Letter 4

Hi my dear Tom!

How are you there today? I'm fine! The weather here is great! The sun is shining and there are no any clouds in the sky! It's 5 degrees above zero and there is a mild wind from the south. I like such weather very much! How is the weather there? I hope not bad! Today I feel myself very good. Guess why? I talked to my mother's doctor and he said that the recovering goes well. It's very good news for us! I talked to my mom this morning and I found her in a good mood. Tom, I want to ask you about if you could help me to overcome this situation, because you are the only one who can help me in this situation. I have already asked my relatives and friends about help, but they can't help me anymore. They said that it will take some time for them to come up with such amount of money. Tom, as I wrote you before I need $970.00 to pay the balance of the bill. I can get my money from my agency and pay the bill but it will mean to me that I'll not fly to America by April 20. Yes, I reserved a ticket on April 20. I even attached the a scan of the ticket for you. So you can see that I'm really coming. I paid $2000.00 dollars to the agency. So $1050.00 dollars were spent for the preparing of different documents like passport, visa, certificate and etc. And the $950.00 dollars is going to be a fee for the agency and I can get this money back. But I don't want to do it. It will mean to me that all of my intentions and hopes were for nothing. Please help me Tom. I don't think I have somebody that I can ask for help else. As I told you before as soon as I get to NYC I'll get $5400.00 dollars in advance, so I would be able to repay your money to you immediately! I know that you might think that I want to deceive you, but it is not so Tom! There is no reason for me to do so. I trust you Tom - trust me. Tom, I don't feel myself comfortable asking you about the money, but this is the only way for me to rearrange the problem. Tom, you see I'm very nervous right now and maybe I've made mistakes in my letter, but I hope you can excuse me for this. I have tried to find out if you could help me and my friends told me that you can send the money via the company which makes this service. I asked about it in the bank and I know now that reliable and fast company exists which make remittances all over the world and it's called Western Union. I remembered that I saw advertising of this company on TV. I've taken a directory book and found the address of it. The western union branch is located in the city of Ukhta. It's not far from me. You can see it on the I sent to you. I went there and I've asked them about their service. They said that a sender must go to the western union branch, give them information: THE NAME AND LAST NAME OF A RECEIVER, A COUNTRY WHERE HE MAKES A TRANSFER AND THEY GIVE HIM THE TEN DIGITS CONFIRMATION NUMBER TO A SENDER. THE RECEIVER MUST KNOW CONFIRMATION NUMBER FOR RECEIVING MONEY. They said that the branches of it must be everywhere all over the world. I have found out where is the Western union here (by the way, they have a website, called www.westernunion.com). There is no any branches of Western union here in Yarega, but we have branch of Western union in the big city named Ukhta, this is about 50 kilometers from my town. It'll not be a problem to move there. You can send the money using western union according following data:

Address: UKHTABANK
OPLESNINA 5
UKHTA , 169300
For: SERGEY KAMINSKIY

Sergey Kaminskiy is my bank agent. I want you to send the money to him because he is an official, and he can withdraw the money without any fees and taxes. In a case if I'll withdraw the money by myself I'll have to pay a tax. It is 38 percentage from the transferred amount! It is a lot of money! So it will be better for me to hire a banker to withdraw this money. I hope you understand it. As soon as the money will be transferred we will go together (my banker and I) to the bank. We must tell them YOUR FULL NAME, FULL ADDRESS, EXACT AMOUNT AND CONFIRMATION NUMBER (Money Transfer Control Number) which will be given to you Tom! Please don't forget to send this information to me, ok? I want to let you know that I need this money ($970.00) before April 20. So if you can please help me Tom. Tom, I have never wanted to offend you somehow but as you can see my situation is very serious and I will never ask you about help if I had any other ways to make this problem solve. I'll wait for your reply anxiously.
With Deep Affection for You!
Your Russian g/friend
Maria