A/N: Thanks so much for all your reviews, dear readers. The most recent chapter of The Wind and the Rain was so depressing to write that I just had to work on something a bit more cheerful. By the way, I just have to add that seeing all these Charles fans coming out of the woodwork in response to my writing just tickles me to death. Perhaps it will inspire other writers to start their own stories about our favorite blustery Bostonian. Here's hoping!

Disclaimer: M*A*S*H, Charles, and Virginia are not my property. I believe that's been established.


Dear Doctor Winchester

by Bad Octopus

Three

Dear Dr. Winchester,

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I almost couldn't believe it when Miss Clark showed me the record you sent. I listened to it with my mom and my sister when I got home from school, and they both agreed that it was the prettiest music they had ever heard. I had already heard it before, but when I heard it again, I remembered how much I loved it. My favorite part is the "Pas de Deux" from Act Two. I'm not sure how to say that, because it's in French, but it's the part when the prince meets Odette for the first time. The violin is so pretty, it almost makes me want to cry!

I think Miss Clark was as excited about the record as I was, because she asked me to bring it to class the next day. She brought her own record player from home, and the whole class listened to it. Most of the boys looked bored, but they're not all that smart. They only like sports, and throwing mud pies at the girls. I hope boys get easier to put up with when they get older. Right now they're just annoying.

To be honest, I'm supposed to be studying for a science quiz right now, but I just couldn't wait to tell you how much I love the record. It's the nicest present I've ever gotten, and I'll never ever get tired of it, for as long as I live! Thank you, Dr. Winchester.

I also wanted to tell you that after I read your last letter, I went to the school library and checked out "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes". So far I like it a lot. I've only read the first two stories, but they were both great. I loved the one called "The Red-Headed League". It was so funny! I kept trying to solve the mystery before I got to the end, but I just couldn't do it. And I didn't see the end coming at all. I can see why you liked Sherlock Holmes when you were my age. He's really smart and interesting, and a little weird, but in a good way. It's definitely not easy to read, because there are so many words I don't understand, but that's okay. I like learning new things. You've taught me a lot of neat words. Like "voracious". As in, "My dog has a voracious appetite for soup bones!"

Actually, I started keeping a dictionary in my school satchel, ever since you started writing to me. I don't mind that you use big words. In fact, I'm glad that you don't treat me like a baby. So many grown-ups act like kids are too dumb to understand them, but they're wrong. We understand more than they think we do.

"Rapport" was another word in your letter that I had to look up. Now I know that it means "a relationship based on mutual trust and affection". You said that Dr. Pierce's son Benjamin was good at building a rapport with his patients, and that you weren't. I don't know how that could be true. You may be more serious than Dr. Pierce, but that doesn't make you any less nice. Not every grown-up would be pen pals with a ten-year-old. To tell you the truth, I wish you were my doctor, instead of Dr. Pierce. But please don't tell his son I said that. I wouldn't want to hurt his feelings.

You mentioned that you had a sister named Honoria. That's a very unusual name, but it's also very pretty. What is she like? Is she older than you, or younger? Do you have any brothers? Are you married? Do you have any kids of your own? And how did you end up in Korea, anyway? I'm sorry to ask so many questions. You don't have to answer them, if you don't want to. I'm just very curious, that's all.

I'm glad you like the periwinkle I sent. I wasn't sure what I should send you this time. After that record you gave me, nothing seemed good enough. But then on the way to school today, I found this feather from a great blue heron. I don't know what kind of birds there are in Korea, but I've always thought herons were beautiful, especially when they're flying. I hope you like it.

Uh-oh. Miss Clark is looking at me with disapprobation. (I found that word on my own!) I should probably get back to studying. We're learning about the water cycle. It's interesting, I guess, but all I can think about right now is the snow that's starting to fall outside the windows. I really don't want to get stuck here. The heaters don't work very well at the school, and it's already freezing!

I hope you're staying warm over there in your MASH unit. If you get too cold, be sure and let me know. My mom's pretty good at knitting. I bet she could make you a scarf, if I asked her nicely. Or maybe you'd prefer some socks instead.

Take care of yourself. And thank you again for the record.

Your friend,

Virginia


A/N: Aww. And now I've given you all diabeetus. Enjoy.

Seriously though, I really do hope you liked it. While I get back to work on The Wind and the Rain, why not review, if you have the time? I'd really appreciate it. Have a lovely day. :)

-Octopus