[Story] Fairsong Academy – Sorelle’s Diary

I have started teaching my plant class. It’s not too big, but I think it’s just the right size for the greenhouse. Every student has their own little area of the table to work and eventually grow things. I can’t tell if they are looking at me because they are listening or because they’re staring at me, that’s a little unsettling. No one’s said anything mean though so hopefully they really do just want to learn about plants. For beginning stuff, they have been learning about the various soil types, as well as the required nutrients for plants. Of course, all plants are different and have their own preferences, but that will come a bit later. And sometimes you can do everything right and the plant still won’t thrive, because sometimes it seems as if they have a mind of their own. They don’t have minds, at least I don’t think, but they certainly are alive.

Salenicus enrolled in the class, he got permission from the Headmaster and probably the ranger captain too. I thought it was a little strange that he was so interested in plants, but he said it was just because he wanted to spend more time with me. I guess that’s okay, I just hope he’s actually interested in learning too, otherwise he’s just taking a spot away from someone else who might have wanted it. I have been helping him go over his notes at night during his patrol break. His notes aren’t very good, which either means he’s not listening during class, or he’s just not good at taking notes. It could be that, because I don’t think he went to school a lot when he was alive, and of course they don’t now. But he asks good questions, and I think he understands the answers. Like he was asking me about why we start seeds indoors in little pots instead of where they’ll eventually be planted. I explained that sometimes outdoor conditions are too harsh, especially for plants with very delicate seedlings. They need a cozy, warm safe environment to get established, and then they can move out into the big world. Also, birds can eat seeds, or rain could wash them away before they get the chance to make roots. So this ensures that more of the seeds will sprout.

It got me thinking about whether there are any undead plants. I mean, they are alive, so it’s possible they could be undead too, right? Salenicus said there were some plants in Northrend that had been exposed to the blight. He said something about them biting people’s heads off too? Wow, I don’t want that to happen. But I think if the plant was small enough, it would be safe. I have never read any books about blighted plants, so I think it would be really interesting to study them. Maybe I could even write a book about them! I would probably understand them better than an alive person.

Salenicus said that too, he said I understand him better than an alive person, I guess that is true but he’s still quite different from me because he’s an elf and a ranger. He says people don’t need to be totally the same, which is true, but I don’t know. I think people should have some things in common, which I guess is being dead. But I wish there was something else, because I really don’t like that part of myself. He’s going to come to the party, I heard from Tik that it’s going to be a mystery, someone will pretend to get murdered and everyone has to figure out who it was. See, if he was undead you could just ask him, unless he didn’t remember of course.

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[Story] Fairsong Academy – Braedra’s Journal

The trip to Booty Bay was wonderful. I would have thought he’d planned it all himself, but they have a whole variety of pirate-themed things planned there. Evidently I’m not the only one who wanted to be a pirate when I was little. I can’t believe he remembered that either, he was sick and half-asleep when I told him, but he does have a good memory for things. Then again, we also saw the play about pirates so I could have mentioned it then. Either way, it was so much fun, I kept talking about how we’d have to come back again. Though I don’t know how expensive it was, he isn’t getting his payments from Verisna now so he has to be more careful with money. I hope they can get that figured out, not because I want him to spend money on me, but so he can get things for the grandchildren. Hopefully Hethurin is able to give him enough for now, but he shouldn’t have to work at his age. I also think Hethurin and Terellion would enjoy this trip a lot, I’ll have to suggest it to them when Ter’s in a better mood.

There are a few different restaurants all with pirate themes, one is just fish but the one we went to had other things too. The next morning we did a treasure hunt, they gave us the map and we had to go around and find different clues until we got the treasure. There were even some humans in costumes pretending to be other pirates to try and scare us off! We got some chocolate coins, candy gems, and a little fake parrot in our treasure chest. Along the dock they had a carnival, mostly just some games you could play, but also some little paddle boats you could take out onto the water. Isturon wanted to swim, but I was worried it might be a little too cold — and he also said he saw a shark. I’m not sure I want to swim anywhere there are sharks! I’m not as brave as a real pirate. I didn’t do well at the games at all, but Isturon won a big stuffed devilsaur that was green with yellow and purple. He said I had to name it, so I named it Lime Bitey. Also, it’s a girl because I read that female devilsaurs are larger than males, and she’s very large. She took up an entire chair in our room.

On the beach that night they had a pirate dance, I’m not really sure what counts as pirate music but they had music, and lanterns hanging on ropes. With the sunset over the water, it was really romantic. All of it was — we had a little balcony to our room that we could go outside and look at the stars too. At home it’s a lot more complicated with the boys and the school and everything, but there it was just us, and it was so perfect. Some things happened finally, and I didn’t realize how much I’d missed just having someone there with me. It helps that he’s so sweet and caring, I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve any of that. I do feel a little guilty yes, but not as much as I’d expected, maybe Anorelle was right. But I’m not sure what happens now. We’re back at home, and he’s been coming over with dinner which has been really lovely. The girls enjoy his company at dinner and they tell him about what they’re learning at school. Once Elthanni learned that he did surgery, that’s all she wants to talk about. Last night she was telling him things she learned about skeletons, and she wanted to go hunt for bones in the woods. Isturon told her about a ranger that has some assembled, and she is very excited by the idea of going to see those. Thankfully, Nessna will be there. It’s not that I don’t trust a death knight… well, maybe I don’t, a little. But I do trust Nessna.

I know sooner or later people will talk, and Terellion will find out. I think he already knows, since we’ve been on a few trips together, but he’s pretending it’s not happening. But now it certainly is, and I’m not sure what he’ll say about it. Isturon is worried, but I think once time passes and Terellion sees that nothing bad has happened, he’ll come around. I admit that I worry a little too. Things seem perfect now, but what if something happens and he gets upset with me, or if he meets someone else? He says it wouldn’t, but I don’t know.

[Story] Fairsong Academy – Letter from Braedra

Dear Terellion,

Please thank Hethurin for making the portal for us. It’s very beautiful here! There are green trees and dense jungles everywhere, and our room looks out over the bay. During the daytime, the water is so clear and blue that you can see all the way to the bottom. Isturon says he saw a shark, but I didn’t see it in time, so I suppose it swam away. At sunset, the sky is painted in every color and it reflects on the water, it’s so beautiful. And the stars are so bright and clear it seems like you could touch them. You and Hethurin ought to come for one of the pirate weekends! They give out free eye patches, Isturon got some for all the kids. But don’t tell them because it’s supposed to be a surprise. The inn is actually an old ship that they put up on a cliff overlooking the bay. It’s decorated with pirate things like flags and a fake parrot too. I was hoping there would be hammocks, but there aren’t, at least not in our room.

There’s a brochure with a list of all the different pirate activities. Tomorrow we’re doing a treasure hunt in the morning, then there’s a pirate carnival, and a dance in the evening. It will certainly be a busy day! Tonight we had dinner at one of the restaurants, everything had a pirate name. I had “Shiver Me Tuna”, Isturon had “Release the Kraken”. I didn’t know what that meant, but apparently it’s octopus. I didn’t even know you could eat those! But he said it was good. Our dessert was called “Buried Treasure Cake”, and it had molten chocolate sauce in the middle. I think that would be wonderful to try in some cakes, I hope you will try it! Are the girls doing okay? Make sure they aren’t just eating cake for dinner. I know Hethurin does it, but they are still growing. Give all of the babies a kiss for me.

Love,
Minn’da

[Story] Fairsong Academy – Irael’s Journal

The other day Magister Firewind called Felarius and I into his office after class. I was a little worried that we’d done something wrong, but usually it’s just because he wants to talk to us about stuff that other students don’t need to hear. And that’s what it was. He said that the Headmaster and Terellion had sponsored a student from the Row, except she was younger and just doing general classes for now. But he said it might help her feel more like she fit in if she could talk to someone who could relate to her situation, we didn’t have to if we didn’t want to though. I said I would, because she’s a girl too and Felarius doesn’t know what that’s like, he also has his extra lessons so he might not have as much time. He said he would still try to if he could.

I found her at dinner time in the common room, except she wasn’t even eating, which I thought was weird. She might have felt weird about taking food though, so I said she should get some and that it was really good, which is true. If you’re used to having to steal and stuff, it is strange to get used to just being able to eat whenever you want, and you can get seconds too. I’ve never seen Tik say someone can’t have something out of the kitchen. He’d made the crispy chicken, that’s one of my favorite things to eat. The girl went and got some and we talked a bit, her name is Rhae I think. The main thing that she was worried about is getting sent back. I can definitely understand what that feels like, even though I’ve been here a whole year now, I still worry about it. But given that Felarius is doing banned magic and he still hasn’t been kicked out, I don’t think she has much to worry about. I think you would have to actually try really hard to get sent back. I also explained that if the homework is too hard, you can ask your teacher for help. But that’s kind of embarrassing too, especially if the other students know about it. I offered to help her if she wanted, I’m not really great at being a teacher or anything, but I think I can help her with the stuff she’s doing. Like right now she was reading a book about Lor’themar, but she didn’t even know who he is. How can you not know about Lor’themar? I think we should go on a field trip to Silvermoon to see him, we could say it’s for history or something.

We talked a little about the party too, she said she wasn’t sure if she wanted to go. I said she should, if only because all the food is really good, and we could stand by the food table and watch people, that’s what Felarius and I do anyway. She seemed to like the idea of maybe dancing with someone, so I hope the kids in her class aren’t mean. I know there’s some boys, and also Terellion’s sisters, but I don’t know any more than that. I’ve never talked to them. I kind of feel like I could be Rhae’s big sister, not really because I don’t have a sister, but I think it would be fun to have someone to do things with. I said I’d help her make her mask for the party already, the Headmaster always gets a bunch of glitter and feathers and stuff and leaves them out so people can use it. And if she wants to talk about problems or whatever, I would understand better than other people, even Felarius because he’s a boy and busy doing bad magic or whatever. If the Headmaster gives us some money, we could even go shopping, that would be fun too.

[Story] Fairsong Academy – Braedra’s Journal

[[ This was not a good week for writing! I had dental surgery on Friday, and I have also had a cold all week, yuck. Hopefully I’ll be better soon! ]]

I’m not having coffee with Verisna anymore. She hasn’t asked, and even if she had, I would have to politely decline. I’m sure she could guess the real reason that I don’t want to see her, and no doubt she’d be amused by it. I just feel so foolish for having given her the benefit of the doubt when I shouldn’t. I still believe most people are good, but she was only pretending. It was enough to fool me, I suppose. I do worry now too about what Isturon said, that she might want to harm me or the girls, or do something while Terellion is there at Hethurin’s visits. I’m afraid of that happening, but I also don’t know how to avoid it. I figure it is best to just avoid her altogether. Instead I’ve been going with Anorelle to the little place in Tranquillien. It’s not nearly as fancy as Silvermoon, of course, but it’s quiet and there’s no chance of running into Verisna — or Haldeith — there. And despite the girl behind the counter being undead, their coffee isn’t bad at all, they have different flavorings you can mix in as well. I suppose they are trying to make the town more appealing to alive people since so many are moving back to the area. Anorelle can’t have too much coffee, but they have a variety of teas as well.

That reminds me, since the letter I wrote to Isturon, I’ve gone to visit him at his house a few times. The first time, he was quite ill and I’m not sure he even remembered much of my visit. I brought some chicken soup from the kitchen and left the pot for him to eat later, he fell asleep on the couch while we were talking. But he asked about what I wanted to be when I was a girl, and what I liked to do, things like that. It was nice. I told him I’d always wanted to be a pirate, which sounds a bit silly when I said it out loud, but he wanted to be a dragon so I guess that’s no more or less silly. I told him about our little fortress in the forest we’d had as children, back then it seemed so exciting and daring, made of branches and scraps of wood and metal we’d found. Isturon suggested building one on the school grounds, and I think it would be safe if it was within the wards, in the woods. I just hope they would check for spiders or animals before letting them play out there. Then again, my parents never checked and we were just fine. Isturon said someone at the Sunwell had been ill, so perhaps he’d caught it, but I suspect stress might have played a part as well. So much has happened in a short time that it can’t be easy to deal with.

And I suppose we’re back together again, I am not sure how it happened but he invited me to go on a trip with him. He said there’s an island where they have a ship that’s been converted into an inn, and there are all sorts of pirate activities, like a treasure hunt. How could I say no to that? He also made marmalade muffins and brought my favorite tea — he remembered from one of the times we went to Silvermoon. I don’t need fancy trips to the theater or expensive gifts, just thoughtful things like that. I wasn’t sure what he would think of me after the letter, but he said he’s willing to try again. I’m not sure if it’s the right thing either. He asked what I would want, if I had passed on and Galandil was alive. Of course I’d want him to be happy, but I don’t think I’d want him to forget me either. But I think you can do both. Arancon clearly loves Anorelle, but he hasn’t forgotten Maena either — they have their paintings in their house.

It’s nice to have someone to talk to, even if she hasn’t been in my place, sometimes just saying it aloud helps. She said I should go on the trip, and allow things to happen if I want them to. She also pointed out that we’d been seeing each other nearly a year, and no one would say anything about impropriety now. I have to admit she has a point. But I’m still afraid, on some level, that people won’t approve, or it won’t work out, or I’ll feel too guilty. She said that I should anyway, because wondering what might have been is worse than any of those. Maybe she is right.

[Story] Fairsong Academy – Letter to Isturon

Isturon,

You were right about Verisna. I spoke to Terellion this morning, and he told me about what happened at the Spire. Hethurin is distraught because he believes that it’s fault that you left, but if he is to blame then I am as well. Perhaps more so, because I am sure I could have stopped it, I still know enough people there. I believed that she had no reason to do something to harm you, now that she had her own husband and her own life, but I was wrong. I cannot fathom why she would be so petty and cruel, other than to intentionally hurt you. And if she could do it to you, she could easily do it to me as well. I do feel foolish for believing her, and for insisting that you were wrong. Maybe I was looking for the best in her.

But then what you said about Hethurin and Xyliah — maybe it was the same. I thought about it more, and the situations weren’t so different. I was so quick to excuse Hethurin, because it never bothered Terellion, I suppose. Was it the right choice? Maybe not, but we can never know for certain at the time. It’s easier to look back in hindsight and know what the right thing was. I could have prevented Galandil from being sent to Kalimdor, it would have been a simple matter to add an exemption to his file, or have him sent to a different unit. But I didn’t, because I believed it would be immoral and I could have lost my job. Now of course, I wish I had, but I believed it was right at the time.

You don’t seem like the same person who left. You were adamant that you had done nothing wrong, and that frightened me. I don’t think that you should dwell on it or feel shame forever, but it sounded as if you didn’t see anything wrong with it at all. All I could think is what would happen if you decided I was too boring, or not enough. I don’t think I could stand that. And if you felt all the things you wrote in the letter, why did you leave at all? Why would you listen to what Haldeith said, if that’s what you truly felt? I admit it was all sort of a surprise, we’ve spent a lot of time together but you hadn’t said anything like that.

When you left, I thought that you wouldn’t be back, perhaps for holidays but nothing more. But now you are, and I’m not sure where that leaves us. I thought things were over between us, and I thought that’s what you wanted too. If it is, I believe what I said before — that you should stay at the school so you can be close to your family. If it’s not, then I’m not sure how to proceed. I think we both have some distance to go to repair trust with the other. Let me know what you think.

~Braedra

[Story] Fairsong Academy – Terellion’s Journal

I think Hethurin is back to normal. At least, normal for Hethurin. For a few days he was in a really bad mood and avoiding everyone, even his classes. Now I know that it was because he had an argument with his father, but I didn’t know that before, so I was pretty worried. He didn’t even come to see the kids and I had to make up reasons. I don’t know if Malwen believed me or not and I don’t want to lie to her, I said he was busy which isn’t really a lie but it kind of is, too. Thankfully she has been so excited about her class that I’m not sure she noticed too much, she painted a picture of a turtle and I hung it on the wall. A lot of the babies are starting in the general class now, except I guess they aren’t babies anymore. We’ll have a few more next year too, but those will be weird because I remember them being little.

Tik and I have been really busy trying to make the ball. I don’t know if Isturon will be back, so we might need a new victim, but we can decide who has which part later on. It’s hard because you have to make clues, but they can’t be too obvious. You also have to make them seem to point to one person but then they turn out to not actually be right. It’s really complicated! I haven’t read very many so hopefully Tik has some good ideas. I’ve also been practicing a lot for the baking competition. I’m nervous about it and I can’t decide which cake I should pick to enter; of course Hethurin says I should do the manaberry but I’m not sure if that’s just because it’s his favorite or if it’s actually the best. On the plus side, I don’t think manaberries have really caught on yet in Silvermoon so it could be a new and unique thing. I also have a coffee and chocolate one with caramel that’s really good, and the herb cake. Xarola suggested that one, it has different kinds of herbs in it so it has kind of a spiced flavor, and I decorate it with real sugared flower petals. It’s not really what most people are used to though, so I’m not sure if the judges would like it. I keep baking all of them and trying different decorations for them.

My mother sent a card from her vacation. I think she’s coming back tonight or tomorrow. It has a painting of the beach with the spires in the background. Everything she wrote sounded happy and perky, but I don’t know if she really is or she’s just trying to seem like everything is okay. I don’t know how she feels about all of it. I’m not sure how I feel either. I mean, I do want her to not be lonely, and to be happy, but I just don’t think that Isturon was the right one for her. But I also know that’s not my decision to make, so whatever she does, I’ll say it’s okay. He’s still missing, too. Everyone has been searching around the grounds and stepping on my flowers and stuff. If he’s okay I really wish he’d write so people would stop worrying. If he’s not okay… I don’t know what could have happened to him. I can’t think of anyone besides Verisna who would want to hurt him, and she hasn’t been here.

Hethurin was upset because he said he lied to me about things, but I tried to explain that it wasn’t lying because he didn’t know. He told me the truth as he knew it, that’s different than lying. He also said that him getting married to Xyliah was the same as his father and mother, but I don’t agree with that either. First of all, Isturon wasn’t forced into it, he chose to — unlike Hethurin. And it’s not like Hethurin went out and found someone knew, he was already with Aeramin when he and Xyliah got married. Or maybe it is the same, I don’t know. I just don’t feel like Hethurin did anything wrong, where I definitely think that Isturon did. Or maybe it’s just because I don’t want him being a jerk to my mother. But now that he’s missing, I feel guilty even thinking that. I hope he’s okay.