March 31, 2014 Leave a comment
Yesterday evening we all went to the caves where the spiders nest. Well, not all — Orledin and Sorrowmoss agreed to watch the ziggurat even though it isn’t their usual time. I felt bad for asking, but we can’t afford to leave it unguarded, because I’m sure the moment we do is the moment that summoner is going to start letting things loose in the woods. I don’t know if Kestrae is involved in that or not, honestly. I want to believe she isn’t, but then why else would she be here? If she is involved, I don’t know how much longer I can keep her secret for her. I will, but if it comes down to protecting her or protecting Nessna and Rylad, there’s absolutely no contest.
We had all of the places marked on the maps where we’d found nests before. I was impressed that there wasn’t too much grumbling or complaining about going into dark, damp caves full of spiders and who knows what else. None of them appeared to have hatched yet, at least that we could see. I suppose some might have been further in the caves, or in ones we missed, but the population should be much lower than usual this summer. Squishing spider eggs is really disgusting. Burning them is almost moreso, because then they make an awful popping sound, and they smell worse. Everybody was covered in goo by the time we were finished. We did run into a few adults, most likely the mothers I would guess. One tried to climb on Tylenthis, which did freak him out a bit, not that I blame him. Nessna killed a really huge one, that had to be like the queen or whatever. Do spiders have queens? I’m not sure. I remembered from when I visited Teldrassil once though, that kaldorei actually eat spider meat. They put it on little skewers and roast it, which sounds pretty weird until you think about some of the other weird things we eat. Bats, for example. Ty looked really surprised when I told him about the bat stew that he’s eaten dozens of times. Bat meat isn’t very good, it’s really stringy and greasy but when you mix it in with vegetables and spices it’s a decent stew. It’s not like we have a lot of extra money, I have to use what’s around here. I think I’ll get some spider legs and experiment with different ways to cook them. I figure they can’t be too different from crabs, which are already on the beach. I haven’t tried eating those before though, because of how close they are to the murlocs. They might be safe though.
After we got the spiders, we went up to the school to have dinner, and so Nessna could pick up Rylad. Lin disappeared right away, I figure she went upstairs to wash up, but I didn’t see her come back down. A lot of the students are in the habit of eating in their rooms, which seems a little weird to me. It would be strange to live with people and never see them. I like that we usually eat together, unless someone’s out on patrol. Speaking of that, I expect that the building will be done in the next few weeks. We’re going to need a lot of furniture, thankfully I have some money left over from the city for that. Nessna said that Rylad’s grandfather makes furniture, and agreed to ask him about it. I hope he can do it, I’d much rather support the business of someone we know. Well, I don’t really know him but. I’m glad she’s the one going to ask, otherwise it would be pretty awkward. Hopefully he can get it all done fairly quickly, it’s nothing fancy, just needs to be sturdy. She mentioned the portraits hanging in the school too, and I thought it might be nice to have one done of all of the Ghostclaw together. I’d have to find a student or something though, so it wouldn’t be too expensive. Maybe they’d do one of the three of us too, but that might be a little presumptuous, I don’t know.
I’m still not sure what she thinks a lot of the time. I was able to talk to Hethurin about it a little, after Nessna went to get Rylad at Lani’s house. Granted, he’s probably not the best person to ask for advice, but he says guys are just as confusing. Terellion has been through a loss recently too, though it’s not exactly the same. He said to just be there to listen if they want to talk, but Nessna hasn’t wanted to talk about it yet. She seems happy most of the time, but I also know she doesn’t seem like the kind of person who would want to show that she was hurt. I hope she’d trust me enough to talk to me about it. Even if it would be a little awkward. I do want to be there for her, for both of them. I mean for the long term too, even if I know I can’t bring that up with her yet. I can at least start thinking about it. Hethurin said her birthday is at the end of summer, so maybe I can save up for something by then. Her ears aren’t pierced though, so I can’t get her any earrings. He is talking about having another ball soon, in the spring. This time I’d like to attend as a guest if I can; he said he’ll probably hire the builders to guard. I’ll most likely wear my armor anyway, because he didn’t think I’d be able to convince Nessna to wear a gown. I wish she would, not that she’s not already beautiful, but I bet she’d look amazing. I’d like to maybe dance too, except I’m not very good at it and I’d be nervous about stepping on her feet. Ty seemed excited, I can’t figure out who he is chasing after right now though. Gaelardrim didn’t say anything about going, but I think it would be good if he did, if nothing else, at least for the free food.
I really hope this business with the ziggurat is finished soon, it’s making me nervous to know there’s a summoner out there in the woods somewhere. The strange blind man told Lin and Gaelardrim that he’d found undead out to the east — I’m not sure how he could tell that, but it’s as good a lead we have. Nessna agreed that maybe we could go camp out there, but I’m not sure if we could take Rylad if there’s a summoner around. Would she leave him overnight with the other guys? They’re probably even worse than I am. I’m getting a little better though, I think. His diaper actually stayed on the other day.