We’re back home. While I enjoyed the trip, I’ve missed the kids and the grandkids, so it’s good to be back home. However, I did like having the time alone to spend with Braedra.
It was a wonderful trip. I was worried because I hadn’t really been there before, not for fun anyway. I hadn’t seen all that it had to offer. We saw nether dragons, giant domes meant to preserve the flora and fauna of Netherstorm, and Shattrath was an amazing city. I can see why Hethurin likes it. There’s a large library, bigger than the one in Silvermoon, and many nice little restaurants. In the lower city, there are many places with market stalls set up, and a few restaurants there as well. In the center of the city is a large building where the Naaru stay. They’re large beings that sort of float and glow, and they’re made of light, which I found interesting. I had heard that they could talk to people, but you hear them speaking in your mind, not out loud. I didn’t hear anything, but still, I found it fascinating just to be in their presence.
It was wonderful being there with Braedra. The more I get to know her, the more I want to be with her, and now that we’re back home, I find myself missing the time we spent together. I went to find her at the school after visiting with Lani and Esladra for the day.
I was finally able to tell her about the things I did in the past. I was worried that she wouldn’t want to see me again. She did give me a couple of looks and basically told me that I should have waited until after leaving Verisna to see other people. I agree. There are a lot of things I should have done differently, but I didn’t and as Arancon says, it’s better to be honest. She did seem to think that I was just doing it to have fun, but I think if that’s all I wanted, I could have found a prostitute. No. I wanted a loving relationship. I knew I’d never have one with Verisna.
Thankfully, she still wants to see me. I’ve invited her to my place for supper, which I’m a little nervous about because my kitchen is small, and I am probably not an amazing cook. I can make stew, but stew is for people who don’t know how to cook. I want to make something better than stew. She deserves better than stew.
I went to speak to Arancon this morning. I found him at the ranger building. Nessna and Anorelle both had gone out on patrol already, and he was sitting on the ground outside next to a riding machine that he purchased. He was doing something with it. I’m not sure what. I sat on a nearby bench after handing him a bottle of grape juice, and telling him I heard Anorelle was going to have a baby.
He’s very happy about the baby. He kept talking about it, and how he’s painting the baby’s room and getting furniture. He said Aeramin wasn’t very happy, but they had another talk about it recently and Arancon said that one went a little better than the first one, so he’s hoping he’s coming around. I hope he’s right. Speaking from experience, it can get rough when older kids don’t want another baby sibling, but then Aeramin doesn’t live with him, so I guess it’s completely different.
I did get to ask him about meal ideas. He’s mentioned working as a cook in restaurants before, so I thought he might have some ideas. He suggested pasta with homemade tomato sauce. It sounds like a lot of work. I might ask Tik if he has any ideas.
I also told him that I told her about things that happened in the past. He said he was happy to hear I was honest with her.
He asked if I had any plans for the future. I mentioned the meal again, and he just gave me a look to tell me that was not what he meant. Which has caused me to stop and think about it? I’m not sure what the next step is. She’s a proper woman. I can’t just ask her to stay overnight with me like Arancon did with Anorelle. Not that I’m saying anything about Anorelle, but Braedra isn’t anything like her, so when Arancon says something, a lot of times, I don’t feel it applies in my situation.
I think it goes back to what I’m really looking for again. I’m not just looking to have fun. Not that I think Arancon was just out to have fun. I mean, they did get married. I just don’t think that what worked for him with Anorelle will work for me with Braedra.
He did suggest flowers and a poem about how I feel for her. I might try that.