Aranae Lightmist sat at the top of the stairs along one of the paths at the Peak of Serenity. Her foot still hurt when she walked, but with the help of her staff, she was able to get around okay. They had tried to convince her to stay, to go home with the rest of the elves. She was certain Lani had already written home about her by that point. She was glad no one had come to take her back to Silvermoon before that orc had been found. She was free to go then, as it was time to take down the healer’s tent. She had slipped away from the group heading towards the portals back to Silvermoon and was fortunate enough to find a mage who knew how to make a portal to Pandaria.
Lani had done everything she could to keep Aranae there, even telling her that Nessna had been severely injured. Aranae wasn’t sure how much Lani was exaggerating. She could make a big deal out of a stubbed toe sometimes. Aranae decided it would be safer to send a letter home after she returned to the Peak. Her foot would be healed soon, and she would be able to leave if they came looking for her here.
She smiled a little as she watched the monks training in the area below the steps. She wasn’t sure where she would go when she could leave, but she did hope to see Tsi Ku again. Maybe Master Cheng would know where to find her.
Theronil Whitemorn woke. It was still dark, but it was something he had become accustomed to in Kalimdor. There, it had been most convenient to wake early and take advantage of the cooler morning temperatures. It was less convenient in Shattrath.
He put his arm around Isandri, who was still asleep, and rested his hand on her belly. If the baby was awake, he or she wasn’t kicking. Theronil kissed Isandri’s cheek. They would soon be parents. With that would come responsibility. He wanted to have everything ready, but the one thing he didn’t have yet was work. He had, before being drafted to support the efforts in Kalimdor, found the perfect shop to set up as his own. He opted to wait until returning from Kalimdor, and when he did, the shop had already been sold to someone else. He had to start his search all over again.
For now, he would try to sleep a little longer. He cuddled close to Isandri and closed his eyes.
Keyalenn Goldbrand wrote a few more lines in his notes before making a slight change in the spell and recasting. The Magister had given him lots to work on lately, though the total amount of work had seemed to lessen in the past week. Keyalenn hated it all the same, no matter how much there was of it. He didn’t see the point of casting multiple spell variations, and writing down the results if you already knew what would happen. The worst part was that the Magister always checked his notes, and took notice if precise descriptions and measurements were not used.
Then there was Des. He was able to finish earlier over the past week, and had been able to make it to supper in the grand dining hall instead of eating alone in his practice room. She was almost always there. Had she been looking at him and flipping her hair on purpose? She had, so far, managed to ignore any of his advances, or so he thought. Perhaps he had been wrong.
Lanthiriel Lightmist walked down the stairs of her new home. Rylad had woke early this morning. She decided to stay awake after helping Nessna tend to him. Nessna would need help daily as she recovered from her injuries. She had already made so much progress since leaving the tent in Kalimdor where she had almost died. Lani hadn’t told anyone about that, and all her help had been out of the tent at that point, but Nessna had stopped breathing for almost a minute. She really had almost died. Lani was relieved to see her doing better each day.
Lani walked into the kitchen, and put a log on the fire in the stove. The stove in the kitchen served two purposes in this home. It was used both for cooking and for heat, and she needed it for both right now. The nights were getting cooler, and breakfast needed to be made. It was a small house so only the heat of one fire was needed to warm it. Tik had told her that it was previously the home of the stable master, and that the man had spent more time in the stable than in the house. He had truly loved the animals that he cared for.
Lani got out the eggs that she had bought the day before. She wondered briefly if there were chickens here before as she cracked them and started making breakfast.