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We’re here on our island, well it’s not really ours but there aren’t any other guests here so it might as well be. The pandaren come by to bring food and drinks a few times a day, but otherwise we can just relax on the beach or in the little house. I told Aeramin that he should bring that cream so he doesn’t get a sunburn like last time, hopefully he’ll listen. I don’t want him to be miserable on our trip. It’s so much warmer here, it took a little while to get used to. But it’s really beautiful and the water is so clear. There are big crabs you can see down under the water where it gets a little deeper, I am worried that one will pinch my foot. In the evenings sometimes there are turtles on the beach too, they crawl up on the sand out of the ocean. It’s hard to believe but Aeramin says there was a lot of fighting here a few years back. We did pass an outpost on the way here, but it looks to be abandoned. I think letting people stay here on vacation is a much better thing to use it for.

Aeramin looked so fancy, his robes looked like they were made of fire, and it had gold trim. Julan had done his hair up too, and his makeup. Aeramin said Julan woke him up super early to get it done, but I guess he knew what he was doing because they just finished in time. Maybe it was to help distract him from worrying, too. He said he’s more relaxed now, and I definitely think that’s true. He doesn’t have to organize anything or make any appointments or find people to make things. Lin said he was also worried that I was going to change my mind at the last minute. I think that’s silly, but I guess she could be right. He’s had it happen before, and he gets really nervous if he’s away for too long. Lin said she was nervous about the same thing before hers, too. I wanted to say it wouldn’t be that bad if the lizard guy had changed his mind, but I didn’t. She helped out a lot and also did my hair. Our mother was there, she cried, that was embarrassing. Hethurin gave us some certificates to use at some shops, because he said he didn’t know what else to get. It’s true we don’t really need very much, since we’ve already had a house for years now. I was amazed at how much there was though, but he said he had to take it and it wasn’t too much. Aeramin will be able to get some new robes, and there’s one for the armor shop as well, so I could finally get a new sword. I’m actually pretty excited about that. Then if we want some new furniture we could maybe get some there. I know Aeramin gets upset when I polish my armor on the couch, so we could get a new couch that I won’t use.

I was a little worried that Lyorri’s mother might show up, but thankfully she didn’t. I guess that’s part of the reason that Aeramin only invited a few people. It was really nice though. Tik made spinach rolls, and he also made some with my favorite spicy vegetable from Shattrath. He also put some frog legs, which people probably thought was a bit odd, but I thought it was a nice personal touch. I think it’s better we didn’t go with that other place anyway. The wine was good, I had a few and Aeramin was worried that Hethurin would drink too much and not be able to make our portal, but he was okay. Aeramin’s father was also there, and he had a girl with him, at first I thought it might be Lin, because she’s there at the rangers with him. But Hethurin said it wasn’t, I guess it was another ranger. Aeramin went to talk to him but I don’t know what they said. It was probably awkward.

We’ll be here for a couple of weeks, then Aeramin will have to come back to teach his classes again. By that time it’ll be close to the mask ball, he suggested we should try to find some while we’re here. I think that would be neat, no one else will have Pandaren masks.


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I worry sometimes that Aeramin will be treated badly forever, no matter how long he teaches or how important his research becomes. Somehow people can always tell and look down on him for his past. I wish I could change it, I didn’t exactly have it easy being at the orphanage, but at least we didn’t have that mark of shame. And it certainly hasn’t followed us around, at least that I’ve noticed. I don’t know if it’s even intentional either, but bad things just seem to happen to him. Like the other night, he was a bit late getting home. I wasn’t too worried, because I knew he’d gone to try to arrange the food for the party, and I figured that would take a while.

He showed up with his hood up, which was unusual. I finally got him to take it down and he looked like he’d been in a fight — which he had. I think he was worried I’d be upset or something, which I was, but not with him. He had run into Lyorri’s mother there — I guess she lives in the city now? If that’s the case, why couldn’t she keep her own child? Why would she leave her outside in the cold to possibly die? Well, that’s what Aeramin wanted to know, too, and he tried to ask her. I don’t blame him at all for that, I would have done the same thing. She grabbed him and went down a hallway, and I admit I did get a little worried about that, but then her husband saw and thought Aeramin was trying to do something with his wife. And that’s how he get bruised. On top of that, the restaurant thought he was the one causing problems and made him leave, without the food. I wanted to write a letter and tell them they’re being jerks, but Lin said I should just let it go and let Tik take care of it. She might be right, but I think it would make me feel better if I at least wrote it, even if I don’t send it. I’m definitely going to tell everyone I know not to go there anymore though. And I can’t believe how awful that woman is. I wonder if her husband knows that she had a child that she just threw away? I don’t think it would be a good idea to tell him though, because he’d probably blame Aeramin for that too. I thought about going to look for them, but Aeramin said the guy was really big. It’s probably not going to help anything to go and confront him, but I definitely want answers from that woman too.

I feel terrible that happened to him when it’s supposed to be a happy time. I got him some wine and then I went to Lani’s to see if she had anything that might help reduce the swelling. There was some nasty smelling cream, I’m not sure if he’ll use it but it’s worth a try. The Confessor also gave me some chocolates from his desk. Probably won’t help the bruises, but they might make Aeramin feel better at least. Aeramin said he’ll ask Julan to help do some makeup if they haven’t gone away in time, I guess that’s probably a good idea.

Oh also, I had to tell Lin that lizards aren’t allowed. I know she knows that, but she said Sunashe was asking because the card didn’t specifically say. That guy is so weird sometimes. Of course lizards aren’t allowed, I thought that was just assumed.

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Lin is helping me get ready for the wedding. I didn’t think I needed help, but she says I do. I have my dress armor polished and I made sure everything still fits properly and isn’t missing any pieces or buckles or anything. I made sure my ornamental sword is sharp and balanced, though I don’t expect to need to use it. There shouldn’t be any demons or anything showing up. Besides Aeramin’s father, that is. That’s a joke, I think he should come. Aeramin’s his only son and it’s an important day for him. Our mother will be there too. She’s already been around with Lin fussing over everything. She keeps saying how handsome I look, which is tiresome. At least she didn’t ask about when we’re having any kids, hopefully because she has one grandchild to hold already. But I suspect it’ll come eventually. And I don’t really know the answer, I mean it’s something I’ve thought about, sure. Aeramin always says we could make it happen if that’s what I really want, but I know he feels guilty about Lyorri too. So I don’t know, for now at least. We’ll just wait and see what the future holds. Lin says we need to be sure before we get married, and she might be right about that, but it’s fine with me either way. I don’t want one so much that I’m willing to upset Aeramin for it.

She also wants to know how I’m doing my hair. I don’t know, I was going to comb it? Lin says I need to do something with it, but combing it is something. Then she offered to put braids in or something, which sounds a little weird, but she insists it will look nice. Not a lot of braids, just one going along either side and then meeting in the back, she also said she could put ribbon into it. I’ve never worn ribbon in my hair my entire life, but she insisted Aeramin would like it. I’m not sure how she would know, but fine.

My mother got us this big vase thing. I’m not sure what it’s supposed to be used for, decoration I guess, unless you had some really gigantic flowers to hold, or a lot of water. She said it’s ancient, which I guess it probably is. There’s a design of an elf fighting a lion with a spear on one side, and just patterns otherwise. I guess it’s all right, but neither of us fights lions so it’s a little odd. Maybe Aeramin can put it in his work room or something, and the imps can hide inside of it. They’d definitely fit, probably at least three or four of them.

Everyone keeps asking if I’m nervous, I don’t know why I should be. Yes, it’s a big step but we’ve been together for so long we’re practically married already. I don’t expect that anything will change. I’ve had to be in ceremonies before, so I’m not nervous about everyone looking at me. I guess I might be a little nervous about forgetting some of what I’m supposed to say, but the priest can help me if I forget. So I don’t think I am. Everyone makes it seem like I’m supposed to be. I definitely think that Aeramin is, he’s buzzing around like a bee trying to get everything done. I want to help more but I’m afraid I’ll mess it up and just make him worry more. Like when I put the wrong table cloths out. I know he’s been through this stuff before and I guess he really wants to make sure it’s right this time. I try to reassure him but I’m not sure if it is working or not. Once we’re on our trip, I think he’ll relax and be back to normal again. I’m definitely looking forward to that.

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Aeramin is in full planning mode, it’s great seeing him so excited but at the same time a bit tiring. I feel like I should be helping more, but I don’t know everything we need. He has a list, he’s prepared. Really it doesn’t matter too much to me what kind of food we have or whatever, I think it’ll be good either way. Aeramin said we need colors and a theme. Lin didn’t, or maybe she did and I didn’t notice. He said red and gold would be good, and I agreed because that would match my armor. I don’t think I’d be able to get a whole new set of armor in time otherwise. He’ll need to get a robe, I would go with but I’m not good at picking robes, also I thought I wasn’t supposed to see it beforehand. But maybe that’s only for dresses, I don’t know. Hethurin is really interested in helping plan, but Aeramin is worried he’ll just take everything over. I guess he might be right about that, but I think it would be safe to let him help pick out the robe.

It seems like he has most everything decided. I do think we should get some little statues to go on the cake, you know to represent us or whatever. Aeramin kept saying things like a sword or a horse. I think he was trying to be funny but I don’t really think that’s appropriate for a wedding cake. I’ll have to think about it more, he said I should look in the city for something. Or I could just let Terellion decide what to put on there, I guess I trust him not to put something weird. I am curious what he thinks would represent me though. We talked a lot about who we should invite. Obviously Lin, and I guess Sunashe as well, and the other teachers from the school. Though I don’t really get along with my mother I think it would be unfair to not invite her. And Lin would probably bring her anyway if I didn’t send an invitation. I just wish she would have cared more about us back then. I don’t know if Aeramin plans to invite his father or not. I think he’d probably want to go, because Aeramin’s his only child and he’ll (hopefully) only have one wedding. When I talked to him about it before he said he was worried about the alcohol being there. Personally I think we could make arrangements to just have the alcohol after, but Aeramin said that wouldn’t be fair to the other guests. I don’t think they’d care that much, and would rather see Aeramin’s father there. I also said maybe someone could keep an eye on him to make sure he didn’t drink, but Aeramin said he didn’t want to have to focus on that. But it’s not my choice.

I think it’s going to be before the mask party, because it gets pretty cold here quickly after that. It doesn’t seem very far away, I hope we’ll have everything ready in time. Seems like a lot to plan in such a short period of time. And I don’t know where we’re going away for a holiday, either. Aeramin suggested the island, but I pointed out it might be really busy. So then he said there are some places you can rent in Pandaria. I think that sounds nice, and it would definitely be less crowded. I just hope there wouldn’t be any bears staring at us the whole time.

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There’s a short break before the summer classes start up, so Aeramin wanted to go on a trip and asked me to pick somewhere. I thought it would be nice to go back to Shattrath, he still has the house there and we haven’t been in a long time. Maybe we could also go to the swamp and get some frogs, or go swimming in the floating islands. I remember going there when we first were talking and he was helping me study the different demons for my training. I didn’t know he was interested like that at all, I thought he was just being nice and trying to help. Even when he asked me to stay at the house I didn’t assume any other intentions, it sounds silly to say now but I don’t always notice when someone’s trying to flirt. Especially a guy. I also really liked staying in the spire that the ethereals maintain, it was like a little bubble full of different plants and animals in a barren, rocky landscape. I remember we ate little food cubes and drank this strange stuff that was thicker than water, and kind of sparkled. I don’t know if he’d been planning it for a while or what, but Aeramin brought along some frogs to cook, and he also had brought some rings. I wasn’t too surprised really, because we’d talked about it before. I’d even considered going to buy some myself, but I wasn’t sure if it was the right time, or what style I’d want to get. He picked nice ones though, and they fit well too.

I don’t really expect anything will change, we’ve been together a long time and already live together so we know all our habits and things like that. It’s pretty much just a formality, we’ve already been through a lot and come out on the other side, so I’m not worried about something else happening. If it does, we can talk and figure it out then. When I went to see Lin at the rangers’, Aeramin’s father was there. He was asking what I’d do if something happened to Aeramin and I had to take care of him, the way he had to take care of Aeramin’s mother. I said I would do it, of course, and if Lyorri wanted to help I would welcome it. Obviously I hope it doesn’t happen, but it’s not something you can predict and it’s a waste of time to worry about things that might not. It still felt like it was some kind of test, and I don’t know if I passed or not. I know they don’t get along well, but I thought his father should at least know. It’s up to Aeramin if he wants to invite him or not. That’s assuming we even have a big thing, I’m fine with a small party like Lin had, just some food and drinks and people having a good time. I definitely don’t want a crazy big wedding like Hethurin had, with carriages and giant cakes. I mean, a small cake would be okay. That’s something we still need to figure out, but I don’t think Aeramin really wants that either. I do want to wear my fancy armor, though. I told Arancon that I’d tell Aeramin that he wants to talk to him, but it’ll probably end up being about Lyorri again, and I don’t think they are ever going to come to an agreement on that. I am not sure what I would have done in that situation, but I do agree that Kes and Ordinicus are probably the best thing for her right now.

Lin seemed kind of surprised, and she asked if I was going to invite our mother. I’m not really sure yet. She’s never been a mother to me, so it’s not important to me if she’s there, but I can at least agree that it would be important to her. Though if we were so important to her, why didn’t she look for us sooner? I’ll have to think about it I guess. Lin might just invite her anyway.

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Aeramin’s started giving lessons in our house now. It’s one of the kids from the school, and he’s interested in learning the sort of magic that Aeramin knows. He explained that it’s better the kid learn properly and safely, without experimenting on his own. That makes sense, and it has to be here because that kind of stuff might give the school a bad reputation. The student’s not supposed to tell anyone about it, but I am a little skeptical if that’s possible. I know how much kids at school talk, I remember how much we talked in blood knight training — most of them still talk a lot. I guess he won’t if he wants to stay at the school, but it’s hard keeping something to yourself when you’re really excited about it. I just hope he doesn’t talk to the wrong person about it, and I guess he’ll have Aeramin, though he’s not a fellow student.

They won’t be learning anything dangerous right off; he’s mostly still learning theory I think, and Aeramin is going to teach him about the different kinds of demons. I’m sure I still have my books, but those are more focused on how to kill them rather than how to use them, so it’s probably not too helpful. I promised that I’d stay closeby in case any demons got any funny ideas. The imps probably won’t, they’re mostly well-behaved (if annoying), but some of the larger ones are more dangerous. Aeramin said he wants me around if he ever summons the felguard, because it’s still got a bad attitude toward him and will try to escape. Let’s see if it can escape a sword! I won’t kill them unless I have to, but I have no problem doing it if it comes to that.

He also suggested that I go see my sister soon, he’s going over to the rangers’ to reinforce the wards. I really should, he’s my only nephew after all, and he is cute. It’s just awkward having to talk to Sunashe and my mother, too. If I’m lucky, it’ll just be Lin who is home, but I doubt it’ll work out that way. I would guess she’s back on her patrol, at least part-time. Aeramin said the woman at the  school is already back working at the stables, and she just had one. There are going to be a whole lot of boys starting school all at once in a few years.

The spring ball will be soon, too. It’s always all flowery and pastel, I feel like my armor sticks out awkwardly. I suggested maybe I could wear a nice shirt or something, but Aeramin would have to help me find one, I’m no good at picking out clothes. I think a pastel robe would be too much though.

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I ended up talking to Arancon after all. I didn’t actually plan it, but he was out in the sitting room eating cookies when I was about to leave from visiting Lin and the baby. She says that Sunashe is being helpful, and doing things, but I still don’t really trust him not to mess up. The baby hasn’t really done anything except sleep in the time I’ve been around though. Lin says he wakes up to eat pretty often but that’s about it. And go to the bathroom, but I don’t want to be around for that either. Anyway, I couldn’t pass up warm cookies.

We didn’t really talk about Aeramin much, or we did, but it was more about how he’s a terrible father and ought to be doing more for Lyorri. I can understand his point of view, but I don’t think he’s seeing it the way Aeramin does. He thinks Lyorri will be upset if Aeramin was around but not involved. I think it’s better to just let her have two parents who actually want her and Aeramin can be like a fun uncle or something. It’s going to be confusing for her either way, and she’ll probably be upset either way. I wish I had the answers, especially since I’ve been through something sort of similar, but I really don’t. I don’t think either of them is totally right or totally wrong. Honestly it makes my head hurt to talk about it so I didn’t argue much. Arancon did talk about his wife a little though. He said after you’re married, you do things just to be nice to them. But Aeramin already does that. He brings me things he knows I like to eat, or makes the bath up, things like that. He doesn’t have to, but he does it because he wants to make me happy. So in that way I don’t see how being married would be any different. But then Arancon said that it makes you change because you have to think of the other person more, but he wouldn’t explain it. He said everyone changes differently. I guess that part could be true, but I think we do that as well.

One interesting thing was that his wife’s father didn’t like him. I guess I can relate to that. At least he doesn’t accuse me of paying for Aeramin’s time anymore though, I guess that’s something. He got really weird when he mentioned Aeramin’s research at the Spire though, like he was hiding something but Arancon didn’t want me to know. It’s not going to work. I know he’s looking up information for someone he used to work with, and it doesn’t bother me. I trust Aeramin, he’s not going to do anything stupid. It seems like Arancon was just trying to cause trouble or something. I don’t even think I want to bring it up with Aeramin because of how obvious it was. I think he’d be offended if I even had to ask about it, so I won’t.

I guess the biggest thing that stuck with me was that he said he’d go back and do things differently. I took that to mean you shouldn’t have any regrets. I don’t think I do, but then you never do at the time, do you? It isn’t until later that you regret things. It’s something to think about anyway. He said he wished he’d never moved them to Silvermoon, or at least had them move and he stay behind. But then I think Aeramin would be upset with him for always being away. There’s always a consequence for your actions, and sometimes you can’t predict it ahead of time. I do believe that he just did what he thought was best at the time. I can’t be mad at him for that, but then I didn’t go through what Aeramin did. Unfortunately I’m not any closer to an answer though.