Hello to the both of you. I'm sorry I didn't make my presence known sooner but I've been a bit busy. It's good to see you and I truly hope you're settling in well.
I imagine I'm considerably older than either of you remember. Things do change, after all, given the many years since you last saw me. Regardless, there is something I'd like to discuss with you both. Back home, in our world and in my time, many things were kept secret, and I'd rather be open and honest with you now.
Ted, you already know your daughter, though as the tiny thing who was all knees and elbows, I'm sure. And Andromeda, it seems you're only getting to know her, and you're incredibly lucky to have the chance to do so. She's an incredibly brave and strong woman with a heart too big for her own good and a sass to make Sirius proud.
And, if it isn't quite obvious, I'm quite taken with her.
I know I'm no one's first choice for their daughter's companion. If you've done the maths, you'll know I'm a good thirteen years her senior. I've barely a knut to my name, not even at home. And my condition is hardly a secret. But I do care for her. And, to my incredulous surprise, she for me. I wish I had more to offer but I've given all of myself and that may be the best I can manage, even here.
I suppose I simply wanted to be open with you. And to let you know that I'll do everything possible to make her happy. I'm not asking for your blessing-we're hardly at the point of marriage. But I do ask that, should you disapprove, you consider what I've said carefully.