Terivanis had taken the quickest and safest route out of the Firelands with Ornasse. Ornasse had continued on when Terivanis stopped to ask for the rest of the day off. He was later getting back to the Shrine than he would have liked to be. Vajarra was waiting for him on one of the benches. He landed next to her and shifted out of form quickly.
“Am I too late?”
“No. It will be a while yet. Her labor is just starting.”
He put his hand on her tail. “Someone should be watching her.”
“Tathariel is still upstairs. Ornasse was here and went up about 10 minutes ago.”
“She’s gone to get Iselwen.”
He supposed his sister would be okay with two people watching over her. At least, she would be for now. Early labor didn’t cause him as much worry as what was to come.
He sat there and spoke with Vajarra about other things. They discussed the soap they planned to make. He asked if she had seen Jaellynn and if he had said anything about the lye. She had seen him earlier, before Kel went into labor, but he hadn’t said anything to her.
Tathariel passed through the common area. She stopped and chatted with them both. She let them know that it was still very early and that Ornasse and Kelanori had decided to get some rest before the labor progressed much further. She excused herself, saying rest was a good idea, and headed towards the rooms in the back.
He continued speaking with Vajarra. Most of the time they discussed soap. Terivanis explained how to make it. Vajarra kept him occupied with lots of questions. He didn’t forget his sister was in labor, but it stayed in the back of his mind. He felt at ease. At least he did until Phaa showed up with Iselwen close behind.
The woman started immediately moaning about another draenei being present… and the tauren. So many tauren. It was then that Terivanis looked up. A familiar bird sat watching them from the rafters. It was also that moment that Iselwen noticed Terivanis. “At least you’re an elf. Short but an elf. Where is Kelanori?”
“Upstairs.” He answered as he twitched an ear.
Vajarra and Phaa followed Iselwen as she made her way out towards the ramp. Vajarra lingered long enough to tell Terivanis she would be back in a bit, then rushed to catch up with the others.
Terivanis sat down on the bench. He looked up. The familiar bird was still there. He smiled up at him.
The brown and white bird hopped off the beam that he had perched on, and landed in front of Terivanis. He shifted out of form. A large tauren stood in front of Terivanis now. In his hand he held a box. He said, in broken common, “Give baby.” He held the box out to Terivanis.
Terivanis took it and smiled slightly, “Thank you. I’ll make sure the baby gets it once he’s here.”
Rohau, the tauren, nodded. Terivanis always felt the tauren understood more that he could say. They had shared a perch on the front while working to catch people who fell from the floating island above. As such, they hadn’t spoken much to each other, but sometimes they left the area after their shift together and would exchange a few words. The tauren knew his sister was pregnant. Terivanis wasn’t sure how he knew the baby was coming now, but figured gossip could spread quite quickly. He watched as Rohau shifted back into his flight form and flew out of the shine. He disappeared a second later over the edge as he dived to the valley below.
Terivanis set the gift aside. He wondered about how things were faring now that some time had passed. Maybe something was wrong. Maybe that’s why Vajarra hadn’t returned yet. Nonsense. She just went up not even half an hour ago. A lot can happen in half an hour. He had a history of losing those closest to him. His father, his mother, his mate, his son… all gone. He couldn’t lose Kel too. Having babies could be dangerous. He lost his mate that way. He wanted to believe everyone when they said everything would be okay, but he knew things didn’t always happen the way you want them to.
He lost track of time as he sat and thought about the possibilities. He was jarred from his thoughts when Jaellynn sat on one of the other benches nearby.
“Any word yet?” His brother asked.
“Not for a while now. Iselwen is here.”
“Oh. Her. I don’t think she likes me.”
Terivanis raised a brow.
“She kept looking at me weird the last time she was here.”
Terivanis grunted, “That makes me wonder what you did.”
Terivanis grunted again, but changed the subject. “Were you able to follow the instructions I gave you for the lye?”
“Yes, but it was raining. I couldn’t let the old ash dry out at all.”
“You cleaned the barrel before refilling it?”
Terivanis nodded. Hopefully, Jaellynn had done everything right.
He talked to Jaellynn for some time. He suggested that he study the characteristics of birds, and how different types of birds varied. Jaellynn listened intently, only butting in once to state that he had been watching the ones at the shrine already. “This is a good place to start.” He agreed. Terivanis went on to talk to him about the different types of birds, large and small as his brother listened.
The sun rose and they were still talking about flight, when Vajarra returned downstairs. She didn’t so much as look at Jaellynn, but kept her eyes on Terivanis the whole time. She told Terivanis that his sister was doing well and the labor was progressing. Iselwen had estimated it would be only another hour or two. She asked him if he was okay. Terivanis nodded. He hated lying to her. He was worried. She rushed back upstairs.
He was left looking at Jaellynn. “She’ll be fine.” His brother told him.
Terivanis raised an eyebrow. “You said that to Kel when you went to the Plaguelands with your shan’do. You told her you would be fine.” He glared at Jaellynn. He couldn’t deny he had been wrong.
Jaellynn shrugged. “I think I’m doing okay, considering.”
“Considering you died? Anything you do now is not okay. It’s unnatural and unholy.”
Jaellynn bit his lip. Terivanis knew he was holding back saying something. He knew he wanted his help. Terivanis looked away.
“I just worry. I’ve done my best to look out for her. Now there’s nothing I can do. If something goes wrong, I can’t save her.”
Jaellynn blinked, twice. “She’s with three priestesses, one of them specialized in birth, and Ornasse. I think she’ll be fine.” He stood up. Terivanis still looked away. “I’m going to let Tath know that she’s getting close.”
Terivanis nodded, still not looking at Jaellynn. He waited for him to leave before getting up himself, and walking just outside the shrine. He stepped off to the left and walked along the edge of the cliff. He sat down beside one of the trees there and closed his eyes.
He woke to Vajarra’s voice. “Terivanis, there you are!” He opened his eyes to see her run towards him. “Kel had the baby. She’s fine.” She smiled. “It’s a boy. He’s adorable.”
He breathed a sigh of relief before catching the last thing she said.
He had a whole new set of worries now.