Letter(s) from Irina Sirenko to Gary (USA)

Letter 1

This is a small word you write to me. Thank that you have found time for it. I do it first time. Never didn,t introduce myself in Internet. I want to say you something about myself in this letter. My name is Irina. I live in Russia. In republic Chuvashia. Yantikovskiy region in village Salagaevo. My village to be in 3 kilometers (this is 1,5 miles) from region of the centre. This is - about 670 km from Moscow. My height - 171cm and I weight - 57kg. I was born in 8 May in 1976. In 1994 I have finished the school and entered in medical institute and finish it 1999. My profession is a baby physician. I have learned English in institute. I wanted to work in city but there is no job and I have found a job in district central hospital in Yantikovo to see children and them parents. I live alone. I have a small house where I feel comfortable. I have a cat. It.s name is Barsik. I havn.t children and almost havn.t friends. I'm 29 years already, and I look like lovely. I try to do all of me best to do so. I,m happy. But it.s hard to say that isn.t so. I think, time is going it.s usual way work and house. But there are things without which people couldn,t be happy. And for me it isn,t material things, but it,s spiritual things. I'm very mach the same that your answer because it,s present for my to take only one chance in dialogue through e-mail. If my letter to you shouldn.t answer, I think your can,t and don,t like to answer to me. But I hope that you is like for me as I. I,m interested in our dialogue, and I expect your answer. I,m with pleasure will answer to you any questions if you really want to hear more about me. What is your job and do you like your job? Do you have ever experience in correspondences with anybody from an other country? This is just my feminine curiosity. I send you my photo. I understand that all people have a different mind and interests, but I sincerely hope that its scene and my appearance will be pleasing for you. I will be very happy if you send me your photos. I,m sorry that I didn,t answer your letter for a long time. Forgive me, but I havn,t a possibility to take a computer. I have no computer at home. I use computer on work. But I will try to write you every day if you wish. Best wishes form your new friend.

Letter 2

Hi, my dear Gary!
There is a finest news for me and for you - I got the visa!!! I am so happy!!!!
I went to the company which reserves airway tickets. I asked them how I can reach Spokane (GEG) and how much it costs. They answered me that the ticket costs $2,684.03 USD. I asked them to find cheaper tickets, because this price is expensive for me. They answered that they had a cheaper ticket and the beginning of the flight 23-June, 2005. It costs $2,645.65 USD. I asked them to reserve a ticket. But they refused, because they have a lot of clients at this time and they can't reserve my ticket without advance payment. I spoke with them for a long time and asked to reserve the ticket for me without advance payment but they didn't agree. Then I wondered if it is possible to pay a part of the money now and the other part later. They didn't agree. I spoke with them for a long time and I managed to persuade them. They agreed but provided that if I will not pay the remaining sum, I will lose already nested money. We agreed that I would pay a part of the price today and the other part later. I paid $ 434 USD. But it was little for an initial payment. Then I went to the pawnshop and pawned my and Anna's gold jewelry for $ 235 USD. It was my last money.
The number of the flight on which I will get the ticket is Aeroflot-Russian Airlines 323.
The time of departure from Moscow is 2:35 pm.
The time of arrival in Spokane (GEG) is 6:56 pm.
I will change a plan in Seattle (SEA), number of the flight Alaska Airlines 454.
After this I will fly to Spokane (GEG), to you.
It is very difficult for me to tell you about it. But I have done everything what I could. I paid visa. I paid a part of the ticket. But this money is not enough. I didn't want to burden you. I wanted to reach you with my own money but unfortunately I failed. And now I feel so guilty. I thought that nothing can prevent our meeting. But I have to pay the remaining part. It is about $ 2000 USD. I have to pay this money before June, 21, 2005 evening. Otherwise I will lose my money and our jewelry will be sold out simply in vain. Now I have extremely unpleasant feeling because I could not fulfill my promise to make all by myself, independently. I remember that I promised it and I always do all what in my forces to fulfill my promise. I am very ashamed to address to you. But I couldn't get money which I expected on my work. It so-called vacation money. It would solve my problems and I really was sure that I can get it. When we get a vacation, we get vacation money besides salary. But unfortunately this money pays to us after ending of a vacation and sometimes even in some months. I have addressed with request to get this money now because I very much need in it. But unfortunately my inquiry has been rejected. They have told that they can give out vacation money before terms only in case of serious illness or death of close relatives. Probably I simply must tell to you that I can't meet with you in this vacation because at present I cannot provide completely my travel. I understand that I should not asked you. But at the same time I can't simply say that I will not arrive to you. I too much have made and have passed to achieve our meeting. If I have simply refused our meeting, all my diligence would be spent in vain. I have made so much to meet you, and I can't now just say that I cannot arrive to you. I address to you and I think in it there is nothing shameful. I understand that probably you are not interested in me too strongly and you have no very strong feelings towards me. And I understand that it is a big money. I know it and for me twice difficult to address to you. But also comprehension of my position convinces me, that any person could get in such situation. And only one thing that I should make now - I must say that I can't meet with you. But I can't say so, because I want to meet you and therefore I say sincerely that I need your help. I understand that I put you in inconvenient position. But I am simple person, I am the simple woman. I am ashamed to ask the help but in the life there are various situations. I am not the wizard. Any person could get in a similar situation. Of course you are not obliged to help me. It is bad but not fatal. I will lose my money. It is bad too but not fatal too. And these $ 339 that I have given for the visa, and these $ 669 that I have given for the ticket is the huge money for me. But I don't regret that I have made and have given all what I had for our meeting. Actually it simply money and our jewelry it simply metal. Sense of the life not in money and not in this metal. That's why I was the first who took the first step. I do not want this all to be wasted. If you really want to meet me, If you can help me to make our meeting, please, send money to the help before June, 21, 2005 evening. I don't want you to doubt my honesty and that's why I send you the view of my visa. If you can help me I send you my coordinates. Anna said that you can help me with the help of some system. I have addressed in the nearest bank. I have been told that they have system of ''Western Union''. They have told that it is very convenient office for me. There is other remittance system, but at present unfortunately it works not always because at present there is made some renovation and upgrade of the equipment and signalizing system. But they have told that system - ''Western Union'' works always and reliably. I give you necessary elements for sending money with the help of ''Western Union''.
Sirenco Irina.
In bank I have been told that to get the money, I must tell to employee of bank your full name, full address, exact sum which I should receive and some confidential numbers (Reference Number). This number will give to you in your bank if you will send your help. Only at presence of all this information I can get your help.
Please forgive me all my words. I say so because I am in despair and confusion. Now, when only one step is separated us, I am afraid. I am afraid that you will not help, and all my diligence will have no use. I need you and I want to be with you and the word of honor, your help is necessary for me. I have not calculated my forces. I understand that it is a very big money for you. I did not want to ask you. I thought that I can make all myself. The loneliness has made me strong. I have got used to live without help, and to rely only on myself. I ask somebody for help very seldom, but now I ask you to help me. And of course I will give back all your money at the earliest opportunity. Probably I have offended you. But I need you. I do not know if my letter have brought to you a pleasure or only frustration, but I have written to you honestly and sincerely. I am waiting for your reply.
Kiss you.
Your Irina.