Wow, Oh my God, this is so sweet, so touching. I love it!!!!!!!!!!! Love how James has written the letter half hoping Harry finds it half hoping he doesn't, love how he knows that he probably won't make it and has left the letter in hopes of guiding his son. It is so sad, so lovely... AMAZING!
Yeah, as I said to other reviewers, the idea about him knowing that he won't make it...well, I got the idea partially off of a story I heard about on the news. This woman with cancer (or another fatal illness) recorded all of her wisdom on tape, so that her children could consult them and be comforted even after her death.
The quotes given to me by the challenge seemed conversational, but also too profound for saying on the spot, so I turned the story into a letter. Yet such wisdom and words coming from a father to a son seemed sort of wooden coming on a letter. That's why I added that part, where James wishes that he doesn't have to send it, so that he can give Harry these words in person.