Tell them that we all love them. Dearly. We don't know who they are, really, and never will, but we will not forget them. Our future will always remember that we live because some people in your present took the time to help us. That is a special thing, because it suggests that regardless of era or education people can always be found who will give selflessly for the benefit of others. I cannot think of a more encouraging, magnificent end for a dark chapter in the history of our world. We thank you. We all thank you. Until the day we die, we will thank you. Regrettably, you will not live to see our thanks, but know that we give them whole heartedly. Though we must now sever our connection with your time, we will never. Ever. Forget you.
I think you made an impression. To my surprise I got a call from Jackson as well.
Patrick? Jackson. Been following the site. Good work. I'd like your help with the Illuminati next.
"Um, hi Jackson, actually I was planning on going back to seminary next year. What happened to you? I've been worried sick!"
Nothing, nothing. Just had to go underground for a while. Visited some people I know. Good people. Some of them are getting ready for a trip. A long trip. Good idea in case the alien allies of the Illuminati ever find the stolen DNA and invade.
Anyway, I'll be in touch.
And he hung up. Nothing ever changes, eh?
I managed to meet up with Meaghan and Gabrielle yesterday. Meaghan was quiet, glad to be reunited with her daughter and subdued by our respective bad experiences. Gabrielle was cheerful. We actually ended up laughing for hours over her perceptions of my behavior. Apparently she almost throttled me for ignoring her so much. More than once her boss wanted to take me out. I never knew she cared. I did ask her how Christine had gotten in touch with her. Her answer was interesting.
I don't really know. She just said that she put some things together. From family records.
With that she gave me the oddest look and it occured to me that Gabrielle has really striking eyes.
But enough of that. Thank you everyone. I think my part in the great cycle of history is at an end. And nobody will ever know, really. I think it's better that way. I never wanted a complex life or a famous one. This way I can know that when I was needed, I was there, and now I can go back to the life I always wanted. That's more than most people get. And I am content.
You know what else, you can know the same thing too.
It was a great ride; happy to be a part of it. Thanks for aharing it with us...and congratulations on what was, in the end, YOUR accomplishment (and Gabrielle's and Meaghan's).
Now, i think we can pretty much figure out your future. Since IIRC Christine had your last name, that means you have at least one son and one grandson in your future. And somehow, based on what you just told us about your reunion with your friends, I'd venture Gabrielle plays a big part in the rest of your life. ;)
Don't forget us...hope you find a way to keep in touch and let us know how you do. And thanks for making us all a part of it.
Patrick, we're going to miss you and your adventures...it was one amazing story and we enjoyed being a part of it, even if you may not always have enjoyed living through it. Thanks for letting us in...and I hope we helped.
And my best to you and all your friends for the future. I hope you'll keep this site up, and let us visit it and remember from time to time. If there's any news about you or your life, I hope you'll put up an occasional post to update us know how you're doing, in case our paths don't cross again anywhere else.
And my best wishes especially to you and Gabrielle. ;-)
May I be the first to say, "Mazel Tov!" (Gabrielle can explain)
I want to echo the sentiments already expressed and my well wishes too. Please do stay in touch with us either through this site or another that may be of interest to you. We want to see photos! and don't tell me you don't know what I mean. 8^Þ
You did some very good work. The future may be proud of you, but not half so much as those of us who had the priviledge to see you in action. It has been a fantastic ride. The future is secure, and it is fascinating.
Good luck to you.
Patrick, I don't know if you even monitor this site any more since your adventure came to an end almost two weeks ago...but if there are any photos of you and the whole crew available, and any further news about any of them (other than Joe Painter, whose adventures we're now following daily on a separate site) can you drop by and post 'em? We want to know you're all OK and doing well.
Don't be a stranger.
Guess you meant it when you said you were going to retreat back to a quiet existence. ;-)
Anyway, just wanted to let you know the adventure we all went on last year hasn't been forgotten...and if there IS anything new happening in your life or the lives of the folks we got to know through this story, we'll still be lurking from time to time and looking forward to reading it.
Mazel Tov. :)
I'm still hoping that some time, if you're still checking this site, Patrick, you'll drop by and update us on your life, and those of your friends and comrades. (If you've opted to chill out and leave all this behind for a good long while, figuring you've had enough excitement for one lifetime, we can certainly understand that too.) In any event, take care, and hopefully we'll meet again somewhere on the Web. :)