- Today, after my morning class, which I cut short, Terellion and I went to Silvermoon to go to the Orphanage and finish the paperwork to adopt Malwen because we’re officially married now on paper even if we haven’t had the actual wedding yet. She saw us come in and ran up to us immediately. I love her so much already! The Matron checked everything on the papers, and asked how I knew Priest Haldeith Sunstone. He’s my father’s friend, so I’ve known him for a long time. Lani studied with him for a bit too. She seemed impressed by that, and we also brought a donation for the orphanage. She was happy about that too.
- Terellion went with Malwen to help her get her things. I waited a little to speak to the Matron about the baby who had been brought in just a couple of days ago. I let her know that we were interested in adopting her, and asked if it would be possible.
- She hesitated a bit, and said that the baby was being followed by Priest Sunstone, and that she had a friend who was just weaning her own baby who had offered to donate milk for her. She said it would be at least two weeks before Priest Sunstone would be coming to check on her less often, and even then she would still need the milk. She said goat’s milk works, but isn’t the best for a baby, so she really wanted her to stay at the orphanage for that. I started explaining that I’m a mage and it wouldn’t be any problem to come pick it up because I want the best for her too, but then I got an even better idea. I have two sisters who are priests who live close to the school. One of them specializes in pregnancy and children, and the other one just had a baby this winter and she’s still feeding it, so she has milk! I mentioned this instead, and told the Matron I was sure my sister would help out. She agreed to it, but I do have to keep in contact and make sure she and Priest Haldeith are informed about how well the baby is doing.
- I was so happy! She gave me the forms to fill out for the baby. I took them up to Terellion and Malwen, who was still packing even though she only has a few things. Of course, when I asked Malwen if she would like the baby to come with us too, she screamed and said yes. She was jumping up and down and it was so cute! She’s really excited about having a baby sister. I’m really glad because she’s always had other kids around, and while we do have the general studies classroom, the kids there aren’t at the school all the time, and the older students for the magic studies aren’t exactly kids.
- Terellion and I filled out the form before going back downstairs with Malwen. The Matron already had the baby out. She gave us the milk she had, and a couple of diapers extra. The baby is so beautiful. I might have cried a little after making the portal and bringing them both home because I’m so happy.
- I told Terellion last night that I was expecting we would get married, and then in a few years we would start talking about adopting. I kind of brought Malwen home during Children’s Week, and that changed everything. Now I feel like everything’s coming together. I have my own school, and I’m doing something I love. I have a wonderful husband, and now I have two beautiful little daughters, and Malwen is really intrigued by magic so I’m hoping she has the ability to learn it well when she’s older. It’s a little early to tell yet. Even if she winds up wanting to be something else, I’ll always love her and support her.
- We still have to think of a name for the baby. On the papers, she was just listed as ‘Unnamed Baby’, which I think isn’t a good way to be known. We want something that fits her well though, and that’s hard because how do you know it’s going to fit her personality when all she does is eat and sleep and poop? I’m sure we’ll think of something.
- We’re letting Malwen take the rest of the day off from school. Unfortunately, I still have classes to teach, and after that, I need to take the baby to see Esladra, and ask Lani if she can give us milk for her. Terellion is going to show Malwen how to bake a cake, and I’m going to attempt to teach class with the baby in the sling. I used to do it with Rylad and he slept the whole time. It was really nice because I always knew where he was and that he was okay. He wasn’t a newborn though, and this baby is. Terellion said he would be able to hear if she started crying, and will come to get her so I can keep teaching.
- We also need to take them both to get clothing for the wedding. Malwen is going to be so cute! I want to get her something that will match my robe, so I think I’ll take her to the same place I’m getting my robe done.
- I have a feeling they’re both going to love growing up here. I know Terellion and I both love having them here.
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Hethurin Fairsong took a seat outside Priest Sunstone’s office at the Spire in Silvermoon City. He had been told that the priest would be a little late for his afternoon appointments as he was running some emergency errands around the city. Hethurin hoped it wasn’t too bad of an emergency. He had to return to the school in an hour to teach his next class.
Thankfully, the priest walked in a few minutes later. He was an older elf with long, greying blond hair that hung loosely halfway down his back. He looked down at his clipboard, “Hethurin Fairsong?”
“Yes.” Hethurin replied, rising from the chair.
“You look familiar. You’re Isturon’s boy, aren’t you?”
Hethurin nodded, “I am. I changed my name a couple of years ago when I moved to the Ghostlands, and started a school there. The name change has just been made official.”
“I recall he told me about that. I didn’t remember your new name. Hethurin then.” He glanced back down at the clipboard. “You’ve come to ask questions about marriage?”
Hethurin nodded again, “My father said I should come see you.” He followed the priest as he motioned towards a door on the other side of the room. Hethurin continued as he went to the priest’s office, “I’m getting married this summer, and my father is going to officiate it. However, my future husband and I have decided we want it done on paper beforehand.”
Priest Sunstone closed the door behind them and motioned of Hethurin to take a seat. “May I ask what the rush is?”
Hethurin smiled, “Malwen. She’s an orphan we sponsored during Children’s week. We can only visit her on weekends now, but we really want to be able to adopt her so we can bring her home.”
Priest Sunstone sat at his desk, and opened one of the drawers. “I’m happy to hear you’ve decided to give an orphan a family. If you’re even half as successful as your father claims, she’s going to be one lucky little girl, and with two loving fathers too.” He pulled out some papers and put them on the desk in front of Hethurin. “I just came from the orphanage myself.”
Hethurin glanced at the papers but wondered why the priest had gone to the orphanage. Had his emergency been there? “Is everything okay?”
“Well, one of the kids broke his arm a few weeks ago so I had to follow up on him, but while I was there, a baby was brought in. She’d been left in a rubbish heap in the Row, much like your Malwen had been. She wasn’t more than a few hours old. I had to stay to check her out. She had a couple of small cuts, probably from broken glass, but other than that she’s a perfectly healthy baby. She was lucky to be found and brought in when she was.”
Hethurin blinked at the priest, “Malwen was found in the garbage like this baby was? Who would do such a thing?”
Priest Sunstone shrugged, “There are many desperate people in the Row who do many desperate things. Enough people there have trouble taking care of themselves without adding a child to the mix. They still wind up having them because they can’t afford ways of preventing it. I’ve been trying to make an impact there by handing out teas to some of the women. I can only reach a few at a time, and going by what happened today, I know it’s not enough. However, I think it’s better to believe that perhaps I prevented two babies from being brought in instead of just the one, but even one abandoned child is one too many.”
Hethurin nodded with a frown.
“Of course, you’re here for these.” The priest indicated the papers on the desk. “You and your future husband both have a section to fill out. After that, you’ll need to bring them back to me. You’ll both have to sign them at the bottom in front of myself and another witness.”
Hethurin paused a moment, waiting for further instructions. When none were given, he asked, “Then what?”
“Then that’s it.”
“Will I need another appointment to bring them back? It’s just that it takes two weeks to wait for the appointment, but I’m sure we can fill out this form in thirty minutes. We’d really like to bring Malwen to her new home as soon as possible.”
“Normally, yes, but I understand the situation. If you fill them out this afternoon, you can bring them back before I leave at the end of the day, if you wish.”
Hethurin paused in thought before saying, “I have an idea.”
“Well, we’d like to list you as a reference when we fill out the forms to adopt Malwen, especially since they know you at the orphanage. However, you haven’t even seen where we live. I could come back at the end of the day and make a portal so you can have supper with us. I’ll show you around the house so you can see where she’ll be moving to. Then we could sign the papers, and Terellion and I can go to the orphanage tomorrow.”
The priest smiled, “I didn’t have plans tonight. I think that sounds like an excellent idea.”
“Great!” Hethurin grinned, “I’ll be by just before the office closes for the day.” He picked up the forms the priest wanted him to fill out.
“I’ll see you then.”
Hethurin continued smiling as he cast his teleport. He couldn’t wait to tell Terellion.
Alinash Brightblaze approached the Shepherd’s Gate. There were less people than he had expected which would make passing the by the guards slightly more risky. He filed into line behind a farmer with a cart who was bringing his goods to sell in the market. He smiled briefly as he saw one of the two guards at the gate stop someone ahead of them and began to ask him questions. That was good. There would be one less pair of eyes on him.
He moved closer to the gate, staying directly behind the farmer’s cart. He eyed the guard interrogating the man he had stopped as if it were a spectacle to slow down and watch. In reality, he simply wanted to keep his head turned away from the other guard.
Alinash flinched as someone grabbed his arm. With his head turned, he hadn’t seen that the idle guard had, in fact, taken notice of him.
“Hey, you!” The guard shouted at him as he pulled him away from the other elves passing through the gate. Alinash suppressed the impulse to reach for one of his daggers that he had hidden on his person for self-defense. The guard continued, “You’re a bit young to be traveling alone. Don’t you have schooling to attend?”
Alinash bit his lip. He hadn’t had to deal with comments about his youth for a few years now. “I’m sorry, sir. I should be in school. You’re right about that. But my baby sister is gravely ill. Minn’da has to stay at home to take care of her, and Ann’da has to work the fields on the farm or there won’t be any food to eat. Minn’da said it would be okay if I miss school just this once. Please, sir. I have to go to the Spire, and see Priest Sunstone. Minn’da says he’ll help.” Alinash silently hoped that Priest Sunstone still worked at the Spire. He was well-known in Murder Row for taking charity cases. He supposed if the priest was no longer there, and the guard knew of it, he could just feign ignorance on the part of his false mother.
The guard said nothing about the priest, but still seemed concerned that he was missing school. “Did your Minn’da write a note?”
“Minn’da doesn’t write very well, sir. I don’t think she’d be able to if she tried. She wasn’t very good in school, and then she had me so she couldn’t go anymore.”
“Just let the kid go through and see the priest. Do you know your way to the Spire, kid?” The other guard, having finished questioning the elf he had stopped, stepped over.
Alinash’s heart was racing, but he continued on with his acting. “I do! I’ve gone there with Minn’da a few times. I’m sure I remember the way.” He grinned innocently as a proud child would.
The first guard let go of his arm as the second one nodded and said, “Just be careful not to make a wrong turn and end up on the Row. There’s lots of unsavory types there.”
Alinash nodded in agreement. “I’ll be careful. Thank you, sir!” He hurried off through the gate, pacing himself to be in a rush, but not too much of a rush. For him, he couldn’t round a street corner fast enough. At least they hadn’t recognized him. He wasn’t going to give them any reason to be suspicious. He didn’t look back, but calmly, with only a hint of a child’s enthusiasm for saving his imaginary sister, made his way to the first street that turned towards the Spire. The library and the market that he wanted to visit were both on the way to the Spire, so his lie worked out well.
He hurried along the streets to the market, carefully picking those which he remembered were patrolled less often by the guards. He hoped the patrols were the same since he had left a few year years ago. He supposed they must be as he reached the market without seeing a single guard. He noticed one arcane patroller making it’s way through the crowd at one end of the market. Alinash had no doubt there were guards at their posts around the market as well. He hoped the posts were all at the same places he remembered them being. He joined a steady flow of people heading along one side of the market, opposite the direction of the arcane patroller. He knew there was a wine shop in this direction as well.
He found the shop without incident, and bought two bottles of aged Silvermoon red. He had thought briefly of stealing them, but good wine was something worth paying for. Besides, if he was caught, he’d only cause trouble for himself, and trouble was the last thing he needed in Silvermoon.
He made his way back out into the market after securing the bottles in his bag. The wine shop owner had asked about his age, but Alinash had expected that he might. He simply told the man that his father had sent him to get it for a party that he was throwing for later that day. The shop owner had believed him, and made small talk about the party as Alinash paid.
All in all, things were going quite well. Alinash quickly found a stall with hand-made blankets, and bought one for Harrier, who had complained about the scratchy blankets at the chapel. True it was warming up, but it was still cold at night sometimes. It was also true that he’d only be using it on the way home. Alinash hoped he’d like it anyway.
He started heading out of the market and towards the gate that led towards the Spire when someone brushed up against him. He caught the elf by the wrist just as his hand was going in Alinash’s pocket. He turned to look at who would dare to pick his pocket while tightening his grip on the wrist. All he could see was the lower half of the elf’s face from under his cloak. He narrowed his eyes as he watched the surprised mouth curl into a sly grin.
“Brightblaze. Imagine finding you here.”
The smile seemed familiar, but it wasn’t until the elf said something that Alinash could place it. “Paeris Skyweaver, reduced to picking pockets?” He let go of the other elf’s wrist and took a few steps towards the gate.
“An elf needs something to live off of. I wouldn’t get too sassy if I were you. There’s a nice price on your pretty little head, and there’s guards right over there.” Paeris nodded towards one of the guard posts as he followed alongside Alinash.
Alinash furrowed his brow in thought as he continued walking. “Our employer was caught. How are you not wanted as well?”
“They arrested him before they got to his office. I destroyed his records of me before they had time to get there and figure out who worked for him. I was lucky. I was in the right place at the right time.” He looked at Alinash as they passed through the gate, “We all thought you had left the city.”
“I did.” Alinash twitched an ear in irritation. “You say you were lucky, but you could have just as easily have been a rat. How else would you have known he was being arrested elsewhere at the moment that you were destroying the records?” His voice lowered as they passed through a crowd on the other side of the gate.
Paeris lowered his voice as he replied, “I never rat when I’m paid well, and as much as I did dislike our former employer, he gave us very fair percentages. Speaking of being paid well, there’s a guard post just ahead, and you did stop me from taking your coin. Given the price on your head, I think you owe me to keep quiet.”
Alinash kept his voice low, “You’re a swine, Paeris.”
Paeris held out his hand, “Now, or I yell for help.”
Alinash hesitated, quickly considering his options. He could easily flee on foot and very likely get away. He had an advantage of being shorter than most elves, and therefore easily lost in a crowd to even the tallest guards. However, even if he did manage to flee, that would leave him without the trip to the library for the book. The book was the reason he had to come back to Silvermoon in the first place. The street was too crowded to silence Paeris in any way. Alinash did feel he could use a good kick to the throat, but not in front of so many people. Running him through with a dagger wasn’t a valid option in this crowd either. Alinash reached for his coin purse. He held it out and dropped it in Paeris’s hand.
“It feels light.”
“It’s all I have.”
Paeris twitched an ear. “You have an hour before I tell the guards I saw you.”
Alinash scowled at the other elf before heading off in the general direction of the library. He looked back a couple of times to make sure he wasn’t being followed. “Swine.” he muttered under his breath as he walked by a large fountain. The library was just on the other side of the fountain. He was aware that time was ticking now, especially since he wasn’t even sure if Paeris knew how long an hour was. He quickened his pace to the library.
He was relieved to see the library was open, and there wasn’t anyone standing at the door telling him he wasn’t allowed to go in. He’d never been to the library before, and wasn’t sure what to expect. He’d never seen so many books in one place. He wasn’t sure where to start looking for the one he had come for. He realized that his bewilderment must have shown on his face as an older elf approached him.
“Can I help you? You look a little overwhelmed. I’m Belanor Sunseer, one of the librarians.”
Alinash glanced around at all the book shelves, still unsure the other elf could help him find just one. “I’m looking for a book.”
The older elf smiled, “You are in the right place. Are you looking for a specific book, or a book on a specific subject?”
“A specific book.” Alinash still didn’t believe the elf could find it, but decided to give it a try anyway. It would be better than looking through them all himself. “It’s called Time to Cast. I think it’s about magic.”
The librarian looked at him. “An early mage student? You barely look old enough to be finished with your general education.”
Alinash withheld an ear twitch. No one ever mentioned how young he looked in Stormwind. “Oh no, it’s not for me. It’s for my older brother. He asked me to come get it for him on my break between classes.” Alinash lied to prevent any questions about magic studies that he wouldn’t know the answers to, as well as to excuse himself for not being in school at the moment.
The librarian nodded, “This way then.” He led Alinash past long rows of books and into another large room with even more books. Alinash wondered how many other rooms there were.
The librarian stopped at a cabinet full of drawers, and slid one out, revealing cards inside. He started to flip through them. “You said Time to Cast is the name of the book?”
The librarian slowed as he flipped through the cards, looking at each one more carefully now. He went a few cards back and flipped through the same ones again. “It appears we don’t have it.”
“How can you tell? You’re not even looking at the books. My older brother was sure it was here.”
The librarian sighed. “We can check the section I think it would be in if we had it, but I assure you that every book we have has a card in the library index.”
Alinash followed the other elf down a long corridor of books to the section he thought it might be in.
“I don’t see it anywhere here either.”
“If someone borrowed it, can you tell when it’ll be back?”
“No one borrowed it if there’s no card for it.” The librarian said. Another librarian happened to turn down the same row of books. The first librarian motioned for him to come over. “This is Tandar. He works this section of the library. Tandar, have you heard of a book called Time to Cast? Our young friend here is looking for it for his older brother, who is certain we have it. I’ve not found any card for it in the index, nor can we find the book on the shelf. I thought you might know more since you keep this section organized.”
Tandar frowned as he joined the other two elves, “Time to Cast? It wouldn’t be on these shelves. These books are for beginning mages and that book is rather advanced. Some of the Magisters complained that it had some outdated spells, so it was taken off the shelf.”
Alinash twitched an ear, “What happens to books that get taken off the shelf?”
“We store them in another room and put them out for sale one weekend per month.”
“So you still have it. It’s just in another room.”
“Oh no,” Tandar answered, “This book was taken off the shelf months ago. It was sold the first time it went out for sale.”
“Sold? To whom?” Alinash was beginning to get impatient. He tried not to let it show.
“You’re lucky I actually know the answer to that question.” Tandar stated. “I happened to be filling in that day for Karesh at noon so that he could go get lunch. He’s the one who usually handles our book sales. Any way, the book was sold to a young mage. I remember him because he said he was the headmaster of a new school in the Ghostlands. Naturally, I didn’t believe him, but I looked it up, and they’re actually on the ranked list, and not at a very bad placement on it either.”
Alinash raised a brow, “The Ghostlands?”
The second librarian nodded, “Fairsong Academy, if my memory serves me right.”
“Fairsong Academy.” Alinash repeated. “Thank you. I’ll let my brother know. Perhaps he’ll make the trip there and ask if he can borrow it.” He frowned slightly and headed back towards the library exit.
He wasn’t sure how much time was left in Paeris’s hour, but the quicker he made it to the Shepherd’s Gate, the better.
The gate to Eversong was in his sight when he heard the warning bell sound. His ears straightened and he looked about. The guards were being put on alert. The bell sounded once more. It was a high alert then. They would have someone running around to all the guard posts to inform them what it was about. Alinash knew he only had a limited amount of time before the guards at the gate were informed about what they were on alert for, and he had a bad suspicion that it was him they were looking for. He quickened his pace towards the gate. The guards, a different pair than the two he had seen when he had entered the city, watched the crowd with sharp eyes. He kept his head down and walked just off to the side behind an older blond woman, hoping to be mistaken as her son and not looked at past that. They were no more than three yards away from the guard post when a younger guard ran up to the older two.
“What are we on alert for?” One of the guards posted at the gate asked.
The younger guard took out a rolled up piece of paper and unrolled it in front of them. Alinash couldn’t see it from the angle he was at. He looked back down at the ground, keeping pace with the older woman near him.
“Brightblaze? This poster has been hanging up in the headquarters for quite some time now.”
Alinash stiffened at mention of his name. That swine. I hate that swine. He forced his feet to keep moving and tried to appear at ease. I’m just following my old mother home.
“He was spotted between the market and the Spire by someone who claims to have been neighbors with him in the Row. He’s sure he’s not mistaken.”
Alinash passed the guard post, keeping his eyes on the ground, and matching the older woman’s pace.
“We’ll watch for him then.”
The other guard spoke up, “It’s probably a false alert. You know how it is. People from the Row get a sniff of gold, and suddenly they start seeing all sorts of things if they think they’re getting paid for it. Sorry to say for him that seeing someone doesn’t pay unless it leads to capture. We’ll be on alert anyway. We’ve been looking for this one for a while.”
The voices faded behind him. Alinash couldn’t make out anything else that was said as he walked further along the path leading away from the gate. The older woman he had followed out headed south at the fork in the road. He took the path heading west that led back to the ruins that he and Harrier were staying in. He had much to discuss with him.
Isturon Lightmist had just seen his last patient of the morning and was looking forward to going out for lunch. He finished up the last notes for the patient file and stretched in his chair. It was the first day in weeks that he had actually finished on time for lunch, which meant he usually had to find something in his own kitchen in the back of the house to eat quickly before the afternoon patients started to arrive.
As he stood, there came a knock at the door. It was likely Keras, his receptionist who had been with him for years. Perhaps she would like to join him for lunch out. He opened the door.
“Sir, your son is here to see you.” Keras said before Isturon had a chance to mention lunch.
“Oh, he is?” Isturon said, caught off guard. While his son did have a tendency to drop in whenever, it was rare to see him in the middle of the day on a weekday without prior planning.
“Yes. He’s in the waiting room.”
“Thank you, Keras.” he said as he walked past her down the hall, the idea to eat lunch with her already put aside. The waiting room was only two doors down. He smiled he entered the room, “Hello, Hethurin.”
“Hi, do you have time to talk?”
“I was about to go to lunch. Did you want to eat, or do you need to be back to the school soon?”
“I have time. I just finished teaching the morning lessons. I don’t need to be back for another hour or so.”
“I was thinking about going to that one place with sandwiches at the exchange. Does that sound-” Isturon paused as his son started casting a spell. “Hethurin, that’s not really necessary. It’s not far by foot.”
Hethurin continued the cast just a few seconds longer until a portal opened up in front of them in the waiting room. “Well, it’s here and done, so we might as well use it.” He stepped through the portal.
Isturon sighed and followed him, immediately appearing next to the restaurant he had told his son about. They took a seat outside, and ordered their sandwiches. Isturon took note of his son’s small frowns, and slight ear twitches. “Something’s bothering you.” he said as they waited for their sandwiches.
“I suppose.” Hethurin frowned a bit longer this time while looking at his water. After a slight pause he looked up, “Do you ever worry about us, or miss us?”
Isturon raised a brow, “Us?”
“You know, me and my sisters, or I guess, Vaildor too.”
Isturon sat back in his chair, “I do miss all of you. At the same time, I know you’re adults now, and perfectly able to take care of yourselves. You more than proved that when you moved to the Ghostlands. You have no idea how much I worried then, but look at you now, running a school and engaged. I’m very proud of you, and while I do miss you, I know you’re okay.”
Hethurin didn’t speak immediately. He appeared to be pondering his father’s answer as the waiter brought the sandwiches to the table. After the waiter left, he spoke, “Do you know the orphanages look for sponsors for the orphans one week a year?”
“I wouldn’t have time to take care of an orphan.”
“Oh. No. I didn’t mean you. I meant I had one at the school last week, and now I miss her so much, and I’m worried because she isn’t staying with us anymore because I had to take her back to the orphanage. Her name is Malwen. She doesn’t even have a last name, but she wants one so badly. Her favorite color is blue. She’s seven and a half.”
Isturon’s brow raised as Hethurin continued.
“I bought her a dress, and Terellion made her cake with blue flowers and bought her a doll, and we took her to the faire, and she ate all the food there, and we won a gnoll doll prize for her, and she rode the carousel, and we had our fortunes done and we thought they meant something because they made sense.”
Hethurin nodded, “Mine said, ‘An unexpected relationship becomes permanent.’ Terellion’s said, ‘You may be only one person in the world, but to one person you may be the world’, and I guess it could have meant me, but I really think it meant Malwen. Oh, and her fortune was ‘Make a wish, it might come true.’ Why didn’t it come true? I think that fortune gnoll is a big fat liar.” He stopped to take a bite of his sandwich.
“So you mean to adopt her then? Did you talk to the matron?”
Hethurin nodded again, “We really want to keep her. We had to take her back after the faire, and the matron was mad because we were a bit late. I guess she wanted the kids back during the day, but she didn’t say that before, so I thought it was just supposed to be anytime monday, and we were having fun, so it wound up being late on monday. Anyway, she wasn’t happy about that, but we asked anyway, but then she said that one of the kids came back with a broken arm because of an accident earlier in the day, and she really had to do things by the rules because she thinks there might be an investigation about that. So she wouldn’t extend the sponsorship and we can only go there to visit on weekends. We can’t apply to adopt her yet because we’re not married.”
“Well, if you really want to adopt her, get married.” Isturon stated before taking another bite of his sandwich.
Hethurin looked at him with a puzzled look, “We’re going to. You’re going to officiate it. Remember?”
“Yes, and that’s fine if you want to wait another two and a half months, but you could still have the wedding then even if you got married in the Spire today.”
Hethurin blinked in stunned silence for only a few seconds before abruptly standing up, knocking over his chair, then stumbling as his robe was caught on the falling chair. “Okay. I’m all right.” He said, catching his balance. He bent to straighten the chair. He started casting a spell right there, but stopped. He reached into a pocket and left some coins on the table. “Pay for my sandwich. Oh, here’s some extra. Thank you.”
Before Isturon could say anything else, Hethurin started casting his spell again. A few seconds later he faded from view, no doubt he was off to bring up the subject to Terellion. Isturon continued sitting and finished his sandwich.
Aeramin Firewind walked along the Silvermoon streets. He’d just gone for the fitting at the tailor who was working on the robes for Hethurin’s wedding, and was glad when he was finally able to leave the shop. Of course, Hethurin had insisted on being there the whole time and he kept going on and on about the wedding, and his robes, and the flowers, and the invitations. It seemed it never stopped with him. Aeramin was less than thrilled about having to be in the wedding, and thought it would be nice when it was over and things got back to normal at the school.
Despite not wanting to be in the wedding, he was enjoying the planning he was doing for the party before the wedding. It was to be a bachelor’s party, but with two bachelors who probably wouldn’t enjoy separate parties as much. Aeramin hoped that was the case anyway as he was planning their parties together.
He turned away from the road leading to the bright market filled with vendor stalls and shops, and passed through one of the gates to another part of the city. The buildings were closer together here, and at the angle they faced, the sun only made a rare appearance on the street below. Murder Row had always been dark, but then, he had never had a problem with that. His pale skin burned much too easily to enjoy the sunlight as much as other sin’dorei did.
It had been some time since he had been back, a couple years anyway. His last trip here was to help see his father out of the city and to the Ghostlands. Before that, he had shown up occasionally to make sure the old man was eating and that the priests at the Spire were still bringing him food. Now that his father had a job in the Ghostlands, and had quit drinking, he could take care of himself again. While Aeramin was thankful for that, he was angry that his father hadn’t thought to sober up sooner. He frowned as he turned another corner to a smaller path.
It was still early in the day, but they were already out. One woman held a fluffy handbag which matched her fluffy stole which was conveniently not covering her cleavage. He didn’t recognize her. “Hello, handsome.” She said while making sure here cleavage was uncovered and taking a step toward him. She came close enough to put her hand on his shoulder.
Aeramin brushed it away. “Hi. Do you know if someone named Julan still works around here?”
She pursed her lips together in a pout before answering. She pointed first, and then said, “He’s usually down at the other end.”
“Thanks.” He turned before she started pouting again and hurried past another woman who called to him who was wearing a skirt and a vest that were far too short. A group of shirtless men watched him pass. One of them whistled. Aeramin recognized some of them, but didn’t stop. He wanted to ask Julan first.
The other end of the street opened up to another street. This one was slightly larger and a bit busier. He turned the corner to see the person he was looking for leaning against the wall. “Julan. Hello.”
Julan turned to him, his long, blond curls bouncing with the movement of his head, and one eyebrow going up in surprise. “Firewind, you’re not coming back, are you? I’m earning more since you left. What happened to your face? “
“I got in a fight with a demon, and no, I’m not coming back. I have some work for you if you want it.”
Julan grinned, “You always were fun to play with, but you’re coming back as a paying customer now? I’m honored.”
“It’s nothing like that. I have a boyfriend now.” Aeramin paused, noting the disappointment on Julan’s face. “But I am planning a bachelor party, and we need a dancer. I know you’ve done that sort of thing before.”
“You remember that? It was a lot more than dancing, I’ll have you know.”
“I figured, but this will be just dancing. The bachelors will both be there together. I’ll be there with my boyfriend, and the only other who might consider it is undead.”
Julan shrugged, “I’d do it if he paid extra. I have this guy living in with me right now, but he’s lousy at helping with the rent. I need to make ends meet somehow.”
Aeramin tried not to shudder. Cold undead bodies were way past his limits. “Anyway, the dancing, will you do it? I’ll pay ten gold per hour. The party will last a few hours. You also get free cake.”
“Free cake is good, but I want twenty per hour.”
“Deal. Where and when is this party?”
“It’s in the Ghostlands. It’ll be in a couple of months.”
“The Ghostlands? Aren’t there a bunch of undead out there? It sounds dangerous. I might need more after all.”
Aeramin sighed, “It’s not that bad actually, and the party will be at the ranger building. I can’t think of a safer place to be. All the same, I will be providing a portal. You won’t have to travel along the paths, and you’ll have zero travel expenses to worry about.”
“Is that both a portal there and a portal back?”
Julan paused thoughtfully before he smiled and said, “I accept then.”
“Good. I’ll contact you again when the time comes closer.” Aeramin said hurriedly. He was eager to leave the Row and get back home.
I can’t wait to take the next set of trainee’s out of the city. Unfortunately, they’re still all working on hitting dummies correctly, so I’m stuck in the city until they master a few key skills. They’re not ready for practice in the field yet, so I can’t take them out. Of course, my superiors know I’m here, and keep calling me in for all sorts of trivial matters.
For instance, last night, I had to appear at a Tribunal concerning a wayward initiate and her chosen ‘mentor’. Of course, it came out there was a relationship involved. I don’t know why that surprises people so. It happens all the time. I was not as concerned about that, as I was over determining whether a dishonorably discharged Knight-Master is a suitable mentor at all for an initiate. It seems his discharge came easily from those who disliked him for other reasons, as if they had simply waited for the opportunity and sprung upon it when it arose. He had declined the initiate’s requests until after meeting her. He stated that the relationship started later, after he had accepted to mentor her. I did not ask how long, as I merely wanted to know that he changed his mind based on her skills as a blood knight initiate. We had to vote on a few points, none of which mattered as in the end, she resigned. Figures. I don’t know why they had to waste my time with that if she was just going to end up quitting. Shame really. I could have found a cheap whore, and made much better use of my time. Unfortunately, by the time it ended, I was expected to be home.
And that’s the other half of my hell. Family. The wife is a shrill nag. I pretend I can’t get it up at all. She wants me to see a priest now about it. Maybe if the priest can make her shut up for more than five minutes, I’d like her enough to consider it. I doubt it though. I honestly haven’t even tried since our wedding night, but now mother is asking when I’ll have a grandchild for her. I think she’s still hoping Raleth will bring his by, but he hasn’t even brought his wife to visit. The child is over two years old now. I don’t think we’ll ever see it, and I think that’s why she’s putting pressure on me again.
When this group of trainees is ready for some practice in the field, I think I’ll purposely fail them a few times just so we get to spend more time away from the city. They need to learn to deal with failure, and realize they don’t know everything anyway. That lesson for them might as well come with its benefits for me.
Lanthiriel Lightmist walked along the streets of the market with her sister, Esladra. She hadn’t needed to have someone go with her, but Esladra had offered. She thought the company would be nice so she had agreed.
“How is mother doing?” She asked mostly out of politeness. Esladra was staying with her for the time being, and was sure to have many details that Lanthiriel preferred not to know.
“She’s well. She and Bailas are going to Quel’danas for the holiday.”
“You’re staying here in Silvermoon?”
“Well, I’m not going with them. That’s for sure. It’ll be quiet for a change, and I’ll be able to get some studying done. I hope anyway. Our aunt will still be home and she can be just as demanding as mother sometimes. I’ll be glad when my apprenticeship is over, so I can move out on my own.”
Lanthiriel nodded. Mother was paying the woman who was teaching Esladra, and Esladra’s studies were almost finished. She was becoming a priestess too, but rather than being a healer like Lanthiriel and their father, Esladra had decided to specialize in pregnancy and childbirth. She was Lanthiriel’s first choice to follow her own pregnancy, whether her studies were done or not, and so she had been seeing her on a regular basis now. Lanthiriel also had Isandri, but Isandri was supposed to fill in for her at the office. She couldn’t tend to her patients, if she was busy having a baby. Esladra seemed more than happy to make the trip to the Ghostlands to see her sister every few weeks.
They passed by a stand with little figurines. “I still think you should have gone with father.”
“Mother paid me to go with her. Besides, you’ve seen the place he moved to. There’s only enough room for his office and a tiny living space.”
“He bought that after he knew you were going with mother.”
“He knew she was paying me. I think he wanted to live alone. He advised me to take the money. He even told me to try to negotiate for more.”
Lanthiriel rolled her eyes, “You’re both horrible.” She started looking at some of the figurines on one of the outer tables when someone at the next stand over caught her eye. She was flipping through some robes hanging on a one of the racks.
Esladra saw her at the same time. “Vallindra!” She hurried over to the next stand, and threw her arms around their oldest sister.
Vallindra looked up just in time to be hugged. She stiffly reciprocated. “Esladra, hello.” She twitched an ear and eyed Lanthiriel, looking at down at her stomach before looking back up at her face. “Lani.”
“Hi, Vallindra. Are you shopping for the holiday too?” Lani asked.
Vallindra twitched an ear again, and breathed in sharply. She held her breath a few seconds before replying. “I’m getting something for Xanaroth.”
“I need to get something for the Confessor too. I’m not sure what to get yet.”
“Didn’t you ask him?” Vallindra asked as she returned to looking at the robes hanging on the rack in front of her.
“I did. He said he wanted a baby.”
Vallindra raised a brow, glancing at her sister before turning her attention back to the robes once more. “Good luck having that ready on time.”
“I’m due in spring. I need to find something for the holiday though.”
Esladra tried to peek in Vallindra’s bag. “You’ve already bought some things. Are they for your husband?”
“Yes. I got him some books, slippers and now I’m looking for a robe. They’re all things he wants.”
“Did he just tell you what he wants? Just like that?” Lani asked.
“Of course. We’re very open with each other.” Vallindra’s ear flicked as she grinned and pulled one of the robes out from the others.
“Oh, that’s a nice robe!” Esladra commented as Vallindra checked over the seams and hems.
“And well-made. I think he’ll like it. It matches the slippers too.” Vallindra smiled. She looked at Esladra and added, “I was about to go get something to eat. Maybe we could all go to that one restaurant near the Exchange.”
Esladra looked at Lanthiriel, “Lani, are you hungry? We can take a break and go eat.”
Lani frowned, glancing back at the market before nodding to her sisters. She’d have to find something later.