Several days passed since the argument between Dave and Skipper and somehow word got around about Dave's secret. Very few of the Tiere actually believed that Dave was really human, but some did. Phil and Mason believed it for some reason as did Becky and Stacy. However they wouldn't explain their reasons for believing it though. As to how word got around though was uncertain. Dave suspected that it had to have been Julian who blabbed, because that loud mouth obviously could not keep anything private.
Dave himself however wasn't feeling any better. Instead of feeling better about having some Friends with him, he felt empty thinking that everyone else around him would likely try to avoid him for what he truly was. The mere thought of it pained him. For the first time since his discharge, he had wished that he had been KIA in his final mission. But that's another story.
Three days after the argument with Skipper, Dave was lying on his bett in the otter habitat when Marlene walked in with a small package. She set it down in the middle of the cave and walked over to Dave.
"Hey Dave I found this package outside and I was wondering if Du could tell me who it's for," she sagte to Dave.
Dave groaned and got out of bed. He walked over to the package and looked at who it was adressed to.
"It's for me. No seriously it's for me," he sagte with his eyes going wide.
Without missing a beat Dave tore open one side and pulled out a small metal case. Very carefully, Dave opened the metal case and realized what it was that he held. Inside the case were his medals. He held his three purple hearts, soldier's medal, and his distinguished service cross. Dave carefully carried them over to his bett and carefully laid the case on his bed. He stared at them with his eyes wide and felt some tears coming to them.
"My medals. They're my Medaillen Marlene. But who sent them?" Dave wondered out loud.
Dave snapped out of his trance when Marlene tapped his shoulder. In her paw she held an envelope that had been in the box with the case. Dave took the envelope from her and quietly tore it open. Inside was a letter and Dave read it silently. After a moment of silence Marlene finally spoke again.
"So what does it say?" she asked.
"Huh?" questioned Dave.
Marlene sighed and sagte again, "What does the letter say Dave?"
Dave nodded and read the letter out loud.
Dear Mr. Perkins,
First we would like to say how sorry we are for your current predicament. We are sure that the past week has been a living nightmare for you. We are not at liberty to say who we are and how we know all this about you. All Du need to know is that we are here to help oder at least make things easier for you.
Also we are very sorry that Du and your sister had to be seperated, but just know that Du had to be seperated for both your safety. We really wish that the two of Du could be together especially with her baby being due soon. We know exactly what has happened to the both of you, but for security reasons we are not allowed to intervene. This is a matter that Du have to handle yourself. Remember this: Trust the penguins and gain their trust, work with them, protect those around you, and most importantly be ready for any scenario.
Also do not worry about your sister. All Du need to know is that she is safe, sicher is being well taken care of. The St. Louis zoo is a clean and well maintained place for her to live. She and her baby will be happy there.
We only do this for Du because of who your father is. His services in Grenada, Panama, and The Persian Gulf were very beneficial for many, including us. We see much of him in Du and believe that Du have much potential. Human oder animal Du have potential to help many, just as your father did. This goes beyond services with the Army and the armed forces in general.
All Du need to know about us is that we are Friends and we are to help when necessary. We sent Du your Medaillen so that Du may have something from the old days and feel as Du were in the old days. Hopefully they help. May fortune smile on Du and your sister.
Dave folded up the letter and placed it on his pillow. At the very mention of his sister, tears came to Dave's eyes. Marlene sat down Weiter to him and started patting his shoulder in hopes of cheering him up. She looked back at the case containing Dave's Medaillen and saw something else that had been stored in the lid. She reached over and pulled out whatever it was. Once she got a better look at it she realized that it was a photo.
The Foto was of a human in his late twenties with black hair and deep green eyes. He also had a short black beard and wore blue jean pants and a black T-shirt with the letters ACDC on them. Sitting Weiter to him was a young woman in her early twenties. She had brown shoulder length hair and light green eyes. She wore a grey hoodie and khaki shorts. Both she and the man were smiling towards the camera. They were sitting at a round tabelle in a room full of people.
Marlene stared at it and then back to Dave. She placed her paw back on his shoulder and he looked back at her.
"Dave, do the humans in this picture look familiar?" she asked.
Dave took the picture from her and stared at it. After another silent moment Dave answered Marlene.
"It's a picture of me and my sister. Her name is Sam."
Marlene then remebered the night she saw Dave crying outside. He had mentioned the name Sam. So that is who Sam is. Sam is Dave's sister. While Marlene was thinking about this, Dave continued talking.
"I remember this night. This was taken the night Sam got pregnant. She met a man named Billy and he took advantage of her. He got her drunk and then they got together if Du know what I mean. Two weeks later he stabs a man half to death and just three months later he is convicted and sent to Riker's Island. He belongs there if Du ask me."
Marlene listened to what Dave was saying and couldn't help but feel bad for him.
She patted his back and said, "Look I'm sure she is okay. Stop living in the past and look to the future. Du have a new life now and it's okay to miss your sister. I haven't seen my family since I was transfered here, but I still comunicate with them and maybe Du can write to her as well. Of course I use Phil to write my letters though."
Dave laughed and knew that Marlene was obviously trying to cheer him up.
He smiled and said, "You've got a point there Marlene and I do feel a little better."
He stood up and walked towards the entrance of the cave. He looked back at Marlene, smiled, and nodded. He walked outside and climbed to the highest point of the habitat and looked around. He spotted the penguins and observed them. They were training again and he couldn't help but smile. Whoever wrote the letter obviously didn't know the penguins very well. Dave looked up at the sky and knew that he really did need their trust.
He stared at the passing clouds and said, "I just need to take this one Tag at a time."
He then walked over to the stone slide and looked at it.
He smiled and said, "Might as well give this a try."
He lept from his barsch and slid down into the pool.