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Terivanis – Morning

Terivanis perched in a tree outside the Shrine of Aviana.  The sun’s rays were only just beginning to peak up over the horizon.  The birds at the shrine were active in their calls and chirps at this time of the day, creating a chaotic and unconducted symphony.  Terivanis watched as they flit back and forth from one small tree to the next.  His sister had survived giving birth to her baby.  All should be well.

He shifted his weight from one talon to the other and edged out further on the branch.  The baby boy was ugly, as all newborns were.  He had a glimpse of it briefly while he handed the gift that Rohau had left with him to Ornasse.  He didn’t want to get too close.

It wasn’t that he didn’t want to see the baby… Maybe it was.  He flicked an ear.

The edges of the clouds lit up a golden glow as the sky lightened.  Terivanis hopped off the branch and landed gently at the steps of the shrine.  He shifted out of form and walked back to his room.

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Terivanis – Return to the Shrine

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.”

“Where’s Phaa?”

“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.”

“Nothing!”

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?”

“Yes.”

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.

Adorable.

He had a whole new set of worries now.

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Kelanori – Diary

Dear Diary,

Farahlor is here.

I started having contractions last evening.  At first I didn’t know what they were.  I thought I had eaten something bad, and it was causing my stomach to cramp up.  Then I realized it was happening at fairly regular intervals, and it kind of dawned on me what was happening.  Ornasse was still in the Firelands, but Jaellynn offered to go get a message sent to him.  Phaa left almost immediately to fetch Iselwen from Darnassus.  Tathariel and Vajarra went with me upstairs, but I sent Vajarra back down in case Terivanis returned.  I asked her not to tell him unless he asks where I went.

I had some berries upstairs and I ate some with Tathariel while waiting.  Relanos likes them too.  We talked a bit.  I hope Relanos and Farahlor get along with each other in the future.  It would be nice if they’ll be able to play together.  Jaellynn returned shortly after.  He told us the message had been sent.  He took Relanos downstairs to get him to bed.  The contractions were regular and still far apart so we figured it would be a while yet.

Ornasse didn’t take too long getting back.  Tathariel went to check on Relanos and Jaellynn after Ornasse got here.  He seemed to think I was having the baby right then.  I had to tell him a few times it was still early labor and it would be some time yet.  He thought I should be laying down and not moving.  He hadn’t washed up after leaving the portal, so I convinced him to ask for the bath to be filled.  He would not be touching the baby with soot all over.  I helped him get clean.  I think the bath helped calm him down a little, and realize the baby wasn’t coming right at that moment.

We rested a bit until the contractions started worsening.  Iselwen had been able to make it in time.  She came to check on me and said it wouldn’t be much longer.  Phaa and Vajarra were both there to help.  Vajarra said that Terivanis already knew.  She had to keep going to give him updates.  At least he stayed out of the room.  Phaa and Vajarra were so helpful.  Iselwen sent Ornasse to boil water at one point.  He was back just in time.  The contractions started hurting a lot more, and I started feeling like I had to push.  I remember saying I didn’t want to do it anymore too.  Iselwen guided the pushing.  She asked me to stop a couple of times.   Our baby was born about ten minutes after I started pushing.  Iselwen said I did great.

Ornasse seemed happy to know it really is a boy.  We’ve been calling him Farahlor.  We would have had to think of something else if he had wound up being a girl after all!  He looks like his father.  He even has a bit of blue hair.

He said that they’re done in the Firelands.  We’ll be able to go home soon.

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A Nephew

I’ll be an uncle soon.  Kel went into labor earlier tonight.  I was sent to get a message to Ornasse.  There is a post just inside the Firelands portal that I was told to meet some people at to get the message sent.  I saw Terivanis there.  I thought he was on the Front, catching cows.  I know by the look he gave me that he saw me too.

Now I’m back at the inn.  I haven’t seen Terivanis, but I wasn’t out in the common area for long.  I did see Vajarra sitting downstairs, but I’m avoiding her right now.  Tathariel and Relanos were up in Kel’s room.  She’s doing okay so far.  She’s still sewing and talking.  It was past Relanos’s bedtime so I brought him downstairs to get him to sleep.  Now he’s asleep and I’m writing.

I’m writing a little more sloppy than usual.  I don’t know how I’m supposed to drain that lye barrel without getting lye on me.  And now everyone’s busy so I can’t ask for healing.  It’ll heal eventually.  I was able to cover the area with my glove so everyone’s attention can be on Kel now.  It would have been nice to speed it up a bit, but I really want things to be okay for her.

I followed all the directions Terivanis wrote out for me.  It took a long time and I was really careful to make sure everything was measured right and I used the right water and everything.  I put the lye that was ready exactly where he said to put it.  It was raining so the only thing I couldn’t do was let the old ashes dry before burying them.  I decided that the rain would take care of it and covered them with just a light layer of soil.

I’m worried that Ornasse won’t want to call me his son anymore.  He’ll have his own very soon.  I think Tath is worried about similar things.

 

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Dumb Burd

Terivanis is a jerk.  That demon wench he’s with isn’t much better.  She lied and he kicked me.  He called me a corpse again.  I hate him.

I’m trying.  I’m really trying .  I need his help.  I’ve tried to be nice.  I don’t like being attacked.  I just want his help.  I don’t think he’ll change his mind again about talking to me and helping me.  I’ve tried being nice to her too.  She’s an awful person.

He’s probably not happy that I learned some forms that he doesn’t know.  Maybe I should have skipped saber and went straight to stormcrow.

Phaa and I were watching the birds before Terivanis and his demon wench showed up.  She was sitting on the floor.  I was worried she might get her dress dirty but she didn’t seem too bothered by it.  It was a nice dress.  Tath should get one.

 

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Terivanis – At the Shrine

Terivanis landed on the bench at the inn at the Shrine of Aviana next to Vajarra.  He shifted out of form almost immediately.

“How is she?”  He asked.

Vajarra looked down.  “We lost her.”

“You– You what?  How?  She just went into labor.”

“She didn’t make it.  You didn’t arrive in time.”

Terivanis blinked, “I flew as fast as I could as soon as I heard.”

“It wasn’t fast enough.”  Tears welled up in Vajarra’s eyes.  “It’s all your fault.”

“But I tried.”  He trembled.  Vajarra wouldn’t lie to him.  It was his fault.  He couldn’t make any excuses.  His sister was gone and he would accept the responsibility.  “What of the baby?”

“Ornasse flew away with him.  What did you expect him to do?  He didn’t want the baby anywhere near you.”

Terivanis watched as a tear ran down her cheek.  “Do you hate me now too?”

She looked away.

Terivanis slowly opened his eyes.  Early dawn’s light dimly lit the room.  He lightly kissed Vajarra’s cheek.  “I love you.”  He whispered.  She remained asleep as he got out of bed and got dressed.  He slipped out of the room and out of the inn.  He shifted and headed towards the portal to the Firelands.

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Terivanis – Early Morning

It was early morning.  Much earlier than Terivanis would have liked to wake after having returned so late last night.  He had a lot on his mind the past couple days, and found it even harder to sleep than usual.  Vajarra had done her best to tire him the previous night.  He hadn’t mentioned what he had discussed with his sister, and instead let himself enjoy Vajarra’s efforts until they had the desired effect.  He woke up too easily.

He got out of the bed, carefully moving Vajarra’s hand off his chest.  He placed a pillow where his arm was and slid her head off his arm and onto the pillow.  Her hair was still slightly damp from the bath they had taken.  No, he hadn’t slept long at all.  He kissed her cheek as he pulled the blanket up to cover her.

He found his kilt in the dark.  It was the one he wore yesterday.  It was covered with ash.  It didn’t matter.  He put it on, and slipped out of the room.

He walked out to the common area.  He stopped.  Something was wrong.  He looked around.  The same people who were always there this time of night were there.  Nothing had been moved.  Then he noticed.  A man with dark green hair stood looking at the bookcase.  Terivanis approached him.

“Lilindor?”

The man turned to face him.  “Father.”

Terivanis looked up at the man’s face.  It looked like Lilindor.  Something wasn’t right.  “It’s been so long.”  He hugged his son, and repeated, this time tearfully, “It’s been so long.”

Lilindor made no effort to return the hug.  “Why?  Why would you think of having another child when you couldn’t even take care of the one you had?”  He asked flatly.

“Vajarra wants one.  I have to think about it.”  Terivanis stepped back.

“And I suppose if something happens to Vajarra, your sister will raise it.”  He paused.  “I needed you then.  I needed you to be a father, and you weren’t.”  A hint of anger crept into Lilindor’s tone.  “Do you remember Tuoros?  He was my friend, a year older.  He had a father.  His father did things with him while he was still a boy.  You probably don’t remember.  I asked you to.  You always said ‘Later’.  Kelanori said you took a lot of medicine because you were in a lot of pain.  She lied to me for your sake.”

Terivanis frowned.  “I remember Tuoros.  His father and mother moved and took him with them when you were still young.”  He looked down at the ground for a moment before raising his chin again, “I didn’t deal with your mother’s death very well.”

“You promised her you would take care of me.  You broke that promise the moment she stopped breathing.  You left the room.  You left me.”

Something wasn’t right.  “Kelanori was there.  I wouldn’t have left you alone.  I took care of you when I could.”

“Liar!”  Lilindor shouted.  “And now you would consider having another!  Will you lie to this one too?  Will you leave it for someone else to take care of?  Will you lead it into danger and watch orcs kill it while you do nothing?”

“I did what I could!”

Terivanis wasn’t sure when it got there, but the orc’s axe now stuck in his son’s skull.  He looked at Lilindor, horrified, as the boy continued rattling off his failures.  Blood ran down the side of his face.  Terivanis turned.

“Yes, go father.  Run away again.”

He turned back around.  His son lay on the ground, dead.  Three orcs stood over the body.  One of them looked at Terivanis.  He pointed and yelled something in Orcish.  Terivanis ran.

It was early morning.  Terivanis opened his eyes.  He wasn’t getting enough sleep these days.  He slipped out of the bed, got dressed and left the room.  He walked through the inn, down the steps that led outside, and went around to the side.  He sat next to a tree overlooking the valley below and wept.

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