[Story] Isandri’s Diary

I’ve been so busy that I haven’t written in this for ages! Thero is doing well with his classes at the school. There aren’t a whole lot of students interested in enchanting just yet, but he thinks there will be more once they get further in their studies. It’s true that you need a basic magical education before you can even think about enchanting objects. Since Maerista has graduated, and Des must be getting close, hopefully there will also be some new students soon. I’m so happy that the school is doing so well, I know it’s really important to Hethurin and also I’m glad it means his mother was wrong. That’s probably not very nice, but neither is she!

I keep meaning to talk to Thero about joining up with the rangers. I guess if he’s happy with his teaching job, it wouldn’t really be possible, although he could do a short patrol in the evenings or something. I don’t know, he’s never really very receptive to the idea, and I know it’s just because Sath is there. Those two really just need to sort things out. It sounds like everything is going well there too, which is good. I’d like for Sath to be happy and do well too, after everything that’s happened.

Iannor is getting so big! He’s starting to stand up on his own — well, usually he will use a table or something but he’s starting to let go and he’ll stay up for a few seconds. It’s practice! I’m just so afraid he’ll hit his head or something. He also is starting to make sounds that sound like words — sometimes, anyway. We’re working on “ann’da” when Thero comes home, he’s getting pretty good with that one. He also says “no”. I guess I didn’t really realize how big he was until I saw Lyorri, Kes’s little baby. Well, really it’s Aeramin’s baby but Kes is keeping it, I guess. She’s wanted one for such a long time, I know she’ll do a good job. I’m just not sure why Aeramin doesn’t want his own daughter. But she is so tiny and adorable! She’s a little bit early, but otherwise healthy, and she’s eating well. Kes brings her to the office for check-ups so I get to see her. We were talking about how all the children will be able to grow up together and be friends. I can’t wait! Lani’s baby will be here soon, as will Mae’s. It won’t be quite like the old days, but it won’t be too far off. I suppose I should wait a few years before talking to Thero about another one, but it’s awfully difficult with all of the cute new babies around. And it would be fun to be able to buy little tiny dresses. I asked Sath if Nessna is going to have another one but he said he wasn’t sure. That isn’t no!

 

[Story] Isandri’s Diary

Dear Diary,

The school has really changed since I was last here! It’s obvious how much work Hethurin has been putting into it, along with Tik and Terellion. The students seem to be doing well too, he said that one should be ready to take her final exam soon. How exciting! I think it would be wonderful for the school to have its first graduate. Though there was some trouble, and I hope it won’t cause any scandal for the school. It seems that her parents wanted her to marry someone they found and she wouldn’t go back to the city, and Hethurin backed her on that. I agree with him, but some parents can take extreme measures when it comes to these things. I hope they don’t try to cause any rumors or anything like that. She’s engaged to one of the rangers, I thought it might be Tylenthis but he said it was a different one. Ty was there in Kalimdor, in Thero’s unit. We’re both looking forward to seeing how he’s doing.

Well, I don’t think Thero is quite as eager to see the rangers, but I definitely want to talk to Sath. I can’t believe he hadn’t told us that he was seeing someone! And how they’re engaged! It was really awkward because Kestrae was there and I didn’t want to make her feel bad. I don’t think I would take it very well if I was in her place. Hethurin says it’s better and they can be friends now, which I hope is true. Kestrae wants him to be able to trust her. I don’t know if he and Thero will ever be friends though. He spent most of our visit outside, he said he was checking the perimeter and making sure there were no spiders. Hethurin has wards up from when the student’s parents were here, so I’m sure everything is safe. Truthfully I think he just didn’t want to listen to girl talk. Well, girl talk plus Hethurin.

He’s trying to give hints to Terellion about getting married. He suggested various things like flowers, but he mentioned they like to read together. I’m sure there are books like that, where they get married and live happily ever after, just like the ones with guys and girls. Hethurin said he didn’t know of any, so I suggested that he could write one and read it with him. That would be a bit hint! But he wants it to be Terellion’s idea, which I understand. I wouldn’t have wanted to ask Thero either, I was lucky in that he had the idea right away. I know that’s not always the case. I want to ask Nessna about what it was like when Sath asked. I know she’s a ranger, and she has Rylad — he must be almost two now! I hope he and Iannor get along well. Rylad will be able to run and Iannor can crawl a bit, but he’s not that good at it yet. Still it will be good for him to have someone to play with on our trip.

Kestrae also mentioned that they were going to stay here in the Ghostlands. There are some smaller houses on the grounds that Hethurin is going to fix up for students or guests to live in. The one they’re in now used to be Lani’s house. They have the new healer building in town, I can’t wait to see it! It must be so fancy. It got me thinking about moving here again. I know Thero doesn’t want to move to the city, but this isn’t the city. And he didn’t like the idea of joining the rangers, even though there are plenty of others and he wouldn’t have to work with Sath that much. They are both so stubborn! I don’t understand men. But when I brought it up this time, Thero said he would start looking for properties that are for sale. Hethurin said that the Confessor in town would probably know which ones are available. I said we should get one with more bedrooms. I do like Shattrath a great deal, and I will miss Lali. Maybe they can move out here too! But I’ll be closer to my family and to the city here, and maybe Iannor can attend the school when he’s older. I think Thero was a little surprised when I said that I wanted a larger house, I don’t know why! I mean, eventually. Not right yet, Iannor’s still too young. Hethurin said he could teach a class at the school about enchanting. Maybe he could even have his office here. Thero also said he’d help patrol the grounds for spiders. I think he’ll like that. I made sure he knew how much I appreciated his deciding to move.

~Isandri

[Story] Isandri’s Diary

Dear Diary,

I’m here at my parents’ house in Eversong. It’s already been quite a trip! Hethurin’s school looks wonderful, it’s even more fancy than I remember. We’re staying in such a nice room that it feels like an expensive inn rather than a school. It almost makes me want to learn magic so I could come here! Thero says that if Iannor wants to learn magic, he’s definitely coming here and I agree. Hethurin seems to be a really good teacher too, all of his students are doing well and he’s even got the two new ones who came to Shattrath on the last trip.

The first night we were here, Thero went out to explore around the area, I think he does miss being a ranger sometimes even if he won’t admit it. I didn’t dare suggest that he go on patrol with some of Sath’alor’s group but I didn’t have to because he brought it up himself. Honestly, I’m not sure how I would feel about that. I like Shattrath, but it’s so different from here. Right now it’s a bit spooky but Sath makes a good point about all of the cheap houses. They won’t stay that way for long. His own house is finished, and I hope I’ll be able to go see it. It’ll be exciting to see how much it’s changed from what it was before. Almost like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. Thero said he couldn’t because he has a shop to run, but then Sath said he could have his shop here. I don’t think he was convinced. But at the very least they seem to be getting along better. Thero actually let Sath hold Iannor, I think we were both surprised by that. I’ll definitely have to show him how much I appreciated that. I think Sath was afraid he was going to break Iannor. I still am sometimes, too. I showed him how to support his head, although he’s getting stronger every day and he’s usually able to hold his head up on his own now. If you put him on his tummy he’ll lift his head up and look around. He’ll also lift up his arms and legs which is kind of funny but doesn’t really get him anywhere. He’ll figure it out soon.

I saw the ladies the other night too — Hethurin and Terellion watched the boys while we talked, I don’t think they minded at all. I was a little nervous about that too, but I know Hethurin has been taking care of Rylad and he said that Terellion was good with babies too. And they were just in the next room so I could hear if anyone was crying or something was wrong. Now Lali just has to bring Naraleth and it could be a proper reunion!  Des is apparently seeing a guard from the city. He sounds nice, but I can’t help but wonder what happened with the other student. I guess getting together with a fellow student is a bad idea. Lani wasn’t sure if the Confessor was going to ask anytime soon after all. Maybe there was a mix-up! But it was fun talking about planning a wedding anyway. I think it would be so beautiful in the garden in the spring. Nessna said that Lani ought to ask the man about it, in case he wanted to help plan. I don’t think most guys care about that. Besides, she didn’t even wear a dress at her wedding so I’m not sure if I’d trust her judgment on the subject. I mean obviously it’s her choice, but still. Who doesn’t want to wear a beautiful gown on their wedding day? She’s doing better though, Sath said that she’s been going out on patrols which means she’s healing well. Tylenthis came to visit too, which was nice. I hadn’t seen him since the island. I’m glad he made it home and is doing well, I really think starting a unit of rangers here is a good idea for everyone. If he can put up with Sath long enough!

Mother is crazy about Iannor, she doesn’t want to put him down. It’s nice to get a little break but I want to hold him sometimes too! Plus he needs to eat. I can understand her being excited though, it’s our family’s first grandchild. Of course now she’s dropping hints to Mierra about having one. Maybe sometime soon, she said. The store is doing pretty well, all of that exotic leather from Pandaria is quite popular right now. We have to stay in Sath’s old room, which is mostly used for storage right now so it’s certainly not as nice as the school. I don’t really mind but it is a little weird. Thero thinks we’ll only stay a few days, but I rather doubt Mother is going to let us go that easily! I guess it’ll give me a chance to get out and see the new house, and the site of the ranger building.

~Isandri

[Story] Isandri’s Diary

Dear Diary,

Last night was the first time I’ve left Iannor alone with Thero. It’s not that I don’t trust him, he’s helped take care of him tons of times while I was there and I know he can do it. But I can’t help worrying that something will go wrong and I had to stop myself from running home to check about a dozen times. Thero’s a wonderful father and they adore each other, but still. I think it’s normal to worry. I just know one of these days he’s going to put him on Arelanis’s back too!

It was kind of nice to get out of the house and wear a clean dress for once, I guess. I went to the restaurant to meet Hethurin and Des. The students are here in Shattrath for a trip, the others were still in the library or he said they might have gone down to the market. There are two new students, and it’s their first time here so I’m sure they’re reluctant to leave. I remember the first time I saw the library here, it’s amazing! I was a little sad that Terellion didn’t join us, I asked Hethurin about it but he was kind of vague. I hope everything is all right, I mean I kept trying to get him to say how things were going and he was talking about the house. That’s not what I meant! So I hope it’s okay and he’s not trying to cover it up or something. I don’t know. Maybe I should talk to Terellion, or I guess Des probably has an idea but she wouldn’t say with him sitting right there. He didn’t know about the goblin holiday coming up so we had to tell him about it. I hope he does something nice, I know it’s just something the goblins made up but it’s fun anyway. I don’t know what I’ll do for Thero yet, it might be nice to go out for dinner but I don’t trust anyone (besides him) to watch Iannor. Maybe Lali, but I’m sure she’ll have plans with Raleth that night too. So maybe we could just make a nice dinner at home, it’s not the same but I’m sure he’ll understand.

Oh! Des said that Lani is seeing someone now too. I’ve only met him briefly at the school but I remember he seemed nice enough. It was just kind of a surprise, I didn’t even think she was looking to meet anyone. Hethurin said their father knows about it, so it must be serious. I hope they get married soon, I would love to go to another wedding! The garden at the school would be perfect for it! Hethurin says he doesn’t know if that will happen soon, but he did say that he’d talked to Isturon. What other reason would someone have to talk to her father, other than that? Hethurin asked if I’m finished with my apprenticeship, that’s something I need to talk to Isturon about. I mean right now I’m on a break obviously, but I do want to go back to work eventually. It’s going to be difficult though, I mean it’s not really fair to expect Thero to watch him while he’s trying to work. And I worry about  Iannor getting into enchanting materials or something, babies can get up to a lot of mischief once they can walk!

I hope I can visit the school soon, I’d like to see Rylad again. I’m sure it’ll be safe to travel with Iannor soon, and I know Mother and Father want to meet him. So does Sath. We talked a little bit about him too. I said that I’m glad he’s back and he seems to have got his life back together, or at least moving in the right direction. He was always a good ranger before and I know he’ll watch over the Ghostlands well. I haven’t brought up the subject of him visiting here yet. I’m afraid of what Thero might say. I guess it can just wait until I go there. I don’t even really understand why they dislike each other so much, as I told Des it’s just that both of them are awfully stubborn. They’d rather still be mad at each other than admit either was wrong.

Everything was okay when I got home, Iannor was fast asleep though the kitchen was a little bit of a mess. I can’t really be upset with him for that though, it’s not easy to clean when the baby wants something. Thero said they had a good time “just with the boys”. He’s funny.

~Isandri

 

[Story] Isandri’s Diary

Dear Diary,

I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had much time to write in this! The first few nights Iannor slept, but now he’s starting to wake up more during the night so it’s not as easy to get enough sleep. I find myself taking little naps during the day when I can, which of course messes up my sleep for later. And Thero is helping too, he’s been very good about getting up to take care of him, but I wake up too. They’re so cute together! I think Thero was afraid to hurt him at first but they’re starting to play a little now. I mean, Iannor can’t do a whole lot yet but you can tell he likes his ann’da. I’m dying to take him to meet everyone, but the healer said I should be a little careful about letting others hold him or traveling too much, because he might get sick. I mean, it’s probably fine but I don’t want to take any chances! I want Lali to meet him, and of course I want to visit my parents in Eversong. I actually got a letter from Sath, asking when I’d be bringing him by, because he wants to meet Iannor. He also said he wants me to see the house, since I was the one who helped him pick it out. I guess it’s getting closer to finished now, they’re able to stay inside at least, but it doesn’t have all of the furniture and things yet. I can’t imagine Sath picking out furniture. He needs a woman to do that for him.

I’m also a little worried about Aeramin, he hasn’t been back to Shattrath as far as I know. The last I heard, the house was very close to being finished. I hope something bad hasn’t happened. I would ask Sath to find out for me, but somehow I don’t think he’d agree to it. I suppose Hethurin might know, though. Oh! I also want to visit the school so Hethurin and the students can see Iannor. He won’t be able to play with Rylad yet but at least they could stare at each other, and he’s closer in age than Nareleth is. Someone better have a little girl soon to keep all of these boys in line.

Thero’s been working on setting up his shop, but it’s taking longer than it really should because he keeps wanting to come and check on us. I appreciate it, but he worries too much! Of course I wouldn’t want to be away from Iannor either, so I can’t really blame him. Maybe when he’s bigger, he can take him with, although I don’t want him getting into any enchanting dust or anything like that! Though I wonder if that would make him more likely to learn magic? Don’t worry, I wouldn’t actually do that. I am curious about what he’ll be when he’s older, what sort of things he’ll like and things like that. I don’t want to force him into anything of course, I want him to do whatever makes him happy, but I am curious.

~Isandri

 

[Story] Isandri’s Diary

Dear  Diary,

I can’t believe he’s really here! It seemed  like I’d be waiting forever, but around lunchtime things started to happen, and I sent Thero to fetch the healer right away. I had no idea how fast or slow it would take, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen him run so fast! The healer was very calm though, she had her little leather bag and she made Thero get a lot of towels and water. He asked like a hundred questions and he was all fidgety and honestly he was starting to make me nervous a little, so the healer sent him out to do different jobs. I think most of them were just to keep him busy. I told Kestrae that I’d tell her how bad it was, and it was pretty bad but the healer also gave me some herbs that were supposed to help. And I think it was definitely worth it. It took almost all day, he didn’t decide to come out until late into the evening; but the healer kept checking on me regularly and said everything was going okay. I’m relieved about that, I know there are so many things that can go wrong. I’ve only been present for a few births myself, but it can be quite dangerous. I think the healer was impressed that I knew so much about it, at least from books. I explained to her that I was in training to be a healer myself, though I don’t know if I’ll concentrate on babies. Though maybe I would. It’s certainly amazing!

Kestrae and Raleth came by once they heard, I think mostly to help keep Thero calm. I could hear him talking to them outside, but not what he was saying. It’s kind of funny that he was so nervous because he’s not the one who has to do anything! He kept saying he’d seen dragonhawks come out of the egg, like that’s anything at all the same. He’s silly sometimes. Once it started for real, it was all over pretty fast, I’m grateful for that. I was already tired and hungry but I wasn’t allowed to eat anything until it was over. The healer checked him over and washed him off and then put him in a blanket so I could hold him. Oh, it’s a boy! I guess they were right about that. I would have liked either but I am really glad that it’s a boy so there can be another Whitemorn. Thero was already talking about teaching him how to shoot a bow, and letting him ride on Arelanis. I don’t think that’s very safe!

Thero thinks he looks more like me, but I don’t know, I think he just looks like a cute baby. It’s difficult to tell when he’s so little. He has blond hair, it’s just little wisps like bits of sunlight. His little fingers are the cutest thing, I didn’t want to set him down. Thero built the crib but I couldn’t stand the idea of him being alone all night, he’s not used to being out in the world yet and I think he’d be cold. I was so tired that I fell asleep right then anyway while Thero was reading him a story. Oh, I wanted to call him Theronil too, but Thero wouldn’t have any of that. But we decided on Iannor, I think that’s nice. I hope Kestrae has a baby soon so they can all play together like we planned, but I don’t know. It would be better if she was still with Sath, that way they’d be cousins. I can’t wait to show him to Lali, and I’m sure she’ll be able to help me if I have any questions. And Naraleth will have someone to play with now! I’ll also have to write to Hethurin and let him know, I’m sure he will want to meet him. And Sath too, but I’m not bringing a baby out to a house that’s not even finished yet. Hopefully they’ll be done soon. I’m sure he’ll be excited about being an uncle.

Being a mother doesn’t feel too different yet, but I’m sure it will soon. Thero is so cute when he holds him. He’s a natural.

~ Isandri

 

[Story] Winter Veil Gifts 3

Isandri couldn’t get comfortable, despite the mountain of pillows that Theronil had provided. She was restless and on edge, wary for any sign that the baby had chosen that moment to arrive. The draenei at the temple had been kind enough to refer her to a sin’dorei healer here; it wasn’t that she disliked the draenei, not at all. In spite of her wariness, they seemed genuinely eager to help her, and Isandri felt a bit guilty for worrying about it. She wasn’t sure she could have been quite so gracious and helpful were their places reversed. The sin’dorei healer was an older woman, with a great deal of experience in delivering babies. Isandri was thankful she hadn’t had to ask Isturon, besides being terribly awkward, he was busy enough with Lani’s patients now that she’d moved. Hopefully, Isandri could return to work fairly soon, though she hoped to be able to bring the baby with. Surely Isturon and Esladra wouldn’t mind, but she hadn’t yet asked about it. The sin’dorei woman had told her that it would be very likely be this week, but of course babies often had their own ideas about when they were ready. Isandri had asked how she could be sure, but the woman assured her that she would know. She was both afraid and excited, eager to be able to actually see and hold the baby whom they had both awaited for so long.

Thero was restless too, but he put his energy into cleaning and decorating. The whole house, including his office and the baby’s room, was spotless and draped with festive boughs and candles. Isandri wasn’t sure whether she’d be able to buy him a gift or not, she hadn’t felt especially well of late, but she figured a large part of it was simply nerves. She had managed to make it down to the market last week though, and found a beautiful antique book of childrens’ stories. It was really more a gift for the baby than for Thero, but she imagined that he would enjoy reading them to the baby. Besides, he was already getting a son or daughter for Winter Veil, anything else would likely be forgotten in the excitement.

Imralion took the small wooden box out from its hiding place, beneath some of his old leather training armor. He didn’t think Aeramin would go digging through there, but he checked the clasps just in case — they looked intact. He opened the lid carefully, marvelling at the array of pigments all arranged neatly in little rows. The man at the shop had assured him that these paints were of the highest quality available — and Imralion hoped so, with how much they had cost. He had no idea paints were so expensive! There were also little vials of oil, to be mixed with the pigment to make them usable as paint, as well as a bundle of brushes with varying widths and shapes. Some were more rounded, others came to a delicate tip. It was difficult to imagine that these materials could create something that looked so real, so alive.

It hadn’t been easy to come up with a gift for Aeramin; he seemed to have everything he’d already need. Eventually Imralion had come upon the idea of the paints, when he’d passed a shop with portraits displayed in the window.. True, Aeramin didn’t paint often — in fact, he couldn’t remember the last time he had, other than the sketch he’d made months ago. And even that had only been at Imralion’s urging. But it was something unique about him, something that not everyone else had, and he wanted to encourage it. Like any skill, it had to be used or it would fade away and be forgotten. Surely he’d inherited some of his mother’s talent, it was only a matter of coaxing it out. Maybe one day, he’d be a famous portrait painter, famous throughout Shattrath. It was a nice idea, but Imralion was still uncertain whether he’d like it. Several times since buying the set, he’d decided to take it back, and then changed his mind again. Maybe he should buy a second gift, in case he didn’t like this one — but there wasn’t much gold left.

He had found an inn with a spare room though, it would at least be a few days’ holiday away, somewhere warm and dry, and away from Aeramin’s father. He still hadn’t got any more tolerable; he had at least given up on his cracks about Imralion’s profession, but his tormenting of Aeramin seemed to have worsened. He wanted to say something, but Aeramin always seemed to shrug it off as if it didn’t really bother him. Imralion suspected that it did, more than he let on — how could it not? But he kept his mouth shut for the sake of peace. Besides, the house was close to being finished, and soon they could go home and forget about Arancon.