My sweet sister,
I have returned to the Derringer and find the routine onboard calming compared to the fast paced preparation that was required to complete the setup of the lab. Although the view from the ship is not as intense as from the Phycodurus, I am still able to continue my work uninterrupted. I have lost the meditative effect experienced in your lab but in spite of that absence I have completed a second full color rendition during my five days back on board the ship. I hope once I renew my work on the planet surface that this response to the Anomaly will return. It has greatly enhanced my work as can be seen when I compare this last completed portrayal to the ones done on the space station. This last piece is lacking the clarity of outline and inner workings I observed on the phycodurus. It is still a piece worth saving for research as it adds verification to our theory of the Anomaly’s influence under different environmental conditions. The chance that the full meditative influence of the Anomaly will return once I am planetside are auspicious as there have been several papers written by researchers stationed on New London describing very similar experiences. Therefore I am determined to foster my relationship with the Anomaly once I am settled in my studio.
Nicolas seems to have returned to his healthy self after the stasis and we have resumed our nightly meals together. He is full of plans for his molecular gastronomy, and our conversations focus mainly on what New London holds for his future establishment. It is difficult to speak to him about our work, as most of the information is either classified or so steeped in scientific jargon that most of my explanations fall short of keeping his interest. I tend to revert back to an explanation of my previous art and technical experience and that has been helpful in keeping the conversation two sided. He seems perfectly happy to primarily discuss his plans, so there has been no great issue there.
I have resumed my physical activities in the exercise area of the Derringer. Since I have been living and working under low gravity conditions for the past few weeks, I am concentrating on increasing my endurance before we reach the planet. The gravity on New London is slightly higher than Earth, so the medical staff has issued a recommended regimen of exercises to smooth the transition from half g to a little over one g planetside. I admit I have not followed this schedule exactly, but I am making progress. I was able to complete the program yesterday for the first time with the added ankle weights so I am quite pleased with myself. By the end of our journey I should be ready to handle the full gravity of New London with little to no effect. Since I will need my full energy when I arrive, it is essential that I follow the medical advice to the letter as far as my system will allow.
We receive daily reports now of the conditions on New London. Although there are still small incidents in Delphi it seems the violence has decreased significantly over the last few days. The reports credit this reduction to the leader of the Cultivists. The majority of the incidents originated from an insurgent group that had broken from the main sect several years ago. According to Cultivist communications their leader, Patriarch Tanager, is in negotiation to slow the violence and reinstate the lost members back into his fold. It seems to have helped and I am feeling more secure with the planned landing and my stay in Delphi. As we had not heard any of these reports on Earth before we left, it seems logical that the trouble is isolated and short term. My previous rant over extremists taking over the planet were a bit premature and I have renewed a more positive outlook for the condition that I will find when I arrive. I find my thoughts frequently wandering to visions of my new studio and how it will be when it is completed. I miss the outdoors and my heart goes out to you when I think of your long planned assignment on the Phycodurus-8. I hope you will be able to travel at some point to New London during our planned work. Unfortunately we did not included this in our proposal to the Louvre so it may not be possible, but I wish for it all the same. I realize because of the nature of your research that it is best to be done in close proximity to the Anomaly. I only wish you were not so driven and thought to include some type of absence from your work during your four years scheduled on the space station. The longer I am separated from the natural environment the more my thoughts return to you and how difficult it will be. I know you have a stronger adaptability than I and there is always the escape of the atriums on the space station, but still I am concerned about the lasting effects you will incur from living an extended time in artificial conditions. I guess I am asking for trouble, but as I said it has been on my mind. I crave the feel of grass beneath my feet and the sound of nature in my ears.
I feel our dream unfolding every second as I near the planet.
Thinking of you always,