(( I’m a little late with these thanks to the death flu I had earlier this week but better late than never! ))
Isturon was relieved to find that he had timed his early arrival home right. Braedra was still at the school, but the girls had already arrived. They must have been watching for him because the door swung open before he even got to the porch.
Telaena and Elthanni both stood there in eager anticipation. “Did you get it?” Telaena asked as he stepped inside, shutting the door behind himself.
He set the bag he carried in one hand down and handed her a box before removing his boots. “Right here. Remember, he’s your mother’s present, but part of it is that you’ve promised to help take care of him.”
“Can I look?”
Isturon nodded as he started taking things out of the bag. “Just don’t lose him. I want him in the box when your mom gets here.”
Telaena cooed as she lifted the tiny ball of grey fur out of the box. “He’s so cute and tiny!”
“Does he have a name yet?” Elthanni asked.
Isturon poured some of the cat food into the bowl. “Not yet. I think we can leave that to your mother.”
Felarius wandered through the market in Silvermoon. Everyone had given him different advice on what to get for Irael for the love holiday. His sister said to get her jewelry, but he had already done that. Shouldn’t he do something else this time? She said it didn’t matter, but he wasn’t so sure. His father told him to get her something special that she could use every day. He wasn’t quite sure what he meant about that. It could be anything. Professor Firewind had suggested perfume. Felarius wasn’t sure if that would give the right message though. Would she think that he thought she smelled bad? He didn’t think that, but she could still think that. It was risky. Maybe too risky.
He stopped at the stand set up by the goblins. Chocolates were always a good option, right? He could get her some flowers to go with it. And a card. The goblin kept showing him more things to get. Balloons. That was enough, right? Candy hearts. Just one bag.
He hoped it would be enough.
Salenicus waited in the headmaster’s office. The butler had led him here and asked him to wait while he fetched the mage. It wasn’t long before the mage appeared. Salenicus had half-expected him to just appear out of thin air, but it seemed that today the mage was walking places and using doors.
“Salenicus, what can I do for you?” he asked as he made his way to the other side of the desk to take a seat.
“Hi. I know that your father recently moved out of his house on the grounds, and I was wondering if you had any other plans for that house.” He could tell by the look on the headmaster’s face that he was going to have to back up and explain himself. “You know that I’ve been seeing Sorelle for some time now. I’ve been looking for a way for us to spend more time together. I haven’t talked to her about it yet, but I’d like it if we could live together. I was just hoping to find out if something was available first.”
“Actually, Keyalenn just asked if his father could move in there this morning, but I might have something better for you.”
Salenicus raised a brow, “Better?” He didn’t know there were any other houses available.
“There’s a lot that doesn’t have a building on it, but could have one, if someone wanted to help clear off the ruins on it. I think it would be better because Sorelle would still need a place to practice. The house my father was living in wouldn’t give her that. This way, one could be built,” the headmaster said.
“All I have to do is help clear it?”
“The builders already have a long list of things to start on in the spring. I’d prefer not to have to slow them down with clearing away old stuff. You could work on that while they’re working on their other things.”
Salenicus nodded. “Yes, I could do that.”
“If she says yes. Good luck. Was that all today?”
“Yes, thank you.”