[Story] Character of the Week – Isandri Whitemorn

[[ Isandri is the younger sister of Sath’alor, she works as an assistant healer at Lani’s clinic in Tranquillien. Her husband Theronil is a former ranger, and works at Fairsong Academy teaching enchanting, and helping patrol the grounds. ]]

The students at the school will be out for the summer soon, which means that Thero will have the mornings off. Sometimes there are a few students who want to study during the summer, but it’s on a much more informal basis, and he can decide when he’d like to see them. I wish that meant I’d see more of him, but summer is a more busy time at the clinic! People are outdoors more to enjoy the nice weather, and there are all the injuries, sunburns, bites, and breaks to go along with it. Still, I am sure I’ll be able to sneak out once in a while when it’s not too busy. Iannor would really enjoy the beach I’m sure, he could splash in the water and we could look for shells. I’m not sure yet if we’ll put him into the youngest class in the fall, he’s old enough but I’m not sure if I am ready!

I told Thero about Nessna, too. I didn’t think he would be opposed to the idea of another baby, but surely hearing that Sath has another one helped the idea along. It’s not a contest, so I don’t know why they’re still acting like it is. But it would be nice to have someone who is expecting at the same time! Of course I’m not yet, but hopefully soon. Nessna also thinks that the ranger woman on her patrol will be soon. She’s older, but plenty of older women have babies. She’s started seeing Aeramin’s father and they moved into his house together. So maybe! Or maybe she isn’t interested, I don’t know her well enough to say. Poor Esladra would like to have some patients, although I’m sure she doesn’t mind having free time right now. She can’t stop talking about the summer ball that’s coming up! She’s going with the patient who came in a while ago from the rangers, Sath said he’s not really a ranger but he works there in the stables. But he seems nice enough, and Esladra can’t stop talking about him. I think their tickets for the play are soon! I can’t wait to hear all about it. I’m a little jealous, I wish I could go to a play in the city. Maybe I could suggest it to Thero.

We also talked about learning to cook, I don’t usually have much time so we just eat at the school. But I think it would be fun to do it together, Iannor could even help with stirring or simple things. I warned Thero that my attempts might not be very good at first, the last thing I want is for him to have to eat terrible food! I suppose there’s always the school dinner if it turns out really terrible.

He’s also going to check in on Isturon after his patrol tomorrow. Normally he comes by the clinic a few times a week, but he hasn’t been by at all. Lani thinks he’s upset over his lady friend, but he could be ill too. There’s also the fact that his former wife is in town, and she might have been by to see him. Thero is going to stop and check on him, hopefully it won’t be too weird and everything is all right.

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[Story] Isandri’s Diary

I feel terrible for not having written for so long. In fact, I had to get a new book to write in because I couldn’t find the old one! I have been keeping up Iannor’s book, writing when he first did things, but he’s getting old enough that he might be able to start going to the general classes in the fall. I can’t believe it! The time has seemed to go by so quickly. I remember being able to hold him when he was still tiny. I can still hold him, but he’s certainly not tiny anymore. And he looks like a miniature Thero, especially when he runs around with his toy bow. Maybe that’s part of the reason I’d been thinking about having another, it seems like it would be a good time. I am sure Iannor would love having someone to play with, and he is old enough that he’d like being “in charge”. But I was speaking to Lani last night while we were making the list of supplies that we need, and she’s talking about adopting an older child from Silvermoon. We certainly have room, but I’m not sure what Thero would think about that. Maybe I’ll wait until Lani has hers, then I can tell him about it and it will just seem casual. It just makes me sad to think about those older children who will probably never be adopted, just because they are older.

The clinic has been much busier than when we started! This is in large part thanks to both the school, and the rangers. Both have been gaining members, and they all need a doctor’s care from time to time. We haven’t really had anything too serious, most of the time we see people for check-ups or minor injuries. Poor Esladra doesn’t have any patients right now, another good reason we should try for another baby! Although she did tell me that she went to see Nessna, and she’s expecting, but it’s still a secret. I’m going to have another nephew or niece! I’m excited. Wouldn’t it be fun if we had them around the same time? I guess because he’s my older brother, I never really imagined Sath as a father but he seems to really love it. I’m sure he’s going to tell everyone and then Thero will be a pushover if I suggest we have one, too. But I don’t want it to seem like that’s the only reason! Anyway, the last week we had more happening than usual, all from the rangers. Bailas, Lani’s mother’s new husband, came in with a broken nose. He said he’d walked into a tree, but the next day Aeramin’s father came in with a cracked bone in his hand. How did he break his hand? Punching Bailas in the nose. Apparently it was all over a woman! I hope Sath isn’t allowing rangers to fight over women anymore, because that sounds like it could be trouble. Also, a young guy who works in the stables came in, he’d been kicked by a hawkstrider. Lani gave him to Esladra, and apparently they hit it off because they went to the dance together! I’m excited for her but also a bit worried that her mother won’t approve. He’s not even a proper ranger, which I’m sure she won’t like, but I told Esladra that she should decide for herself. If he’s nice and she cares about him, what her mother thinks really doesn’t matter. They’re going to the play together, she was supposed to go with Isturon but I guess he saw them at the party and said the boy could go instead. That was nice of him!

Isturon hasn’t been around much lately either, which is unusual. After he left his Silvermoon clinic, he was technically retired, but he still used to come around and stay here most of the day. Now we barely see him at all, I wondered about it until Lani told me he’s been spending time with a lady at the school — Terellion’s mother, actually. Lani is worried that things might not work out between them, which could cause trouble between Hethurin and Terellion. I don’t know, they seem happy whenever I see them, so I think they will be okay. But Lani is worried that Isturon is scared to get too close to this lady, or she’ll leave or something because the last one did while he was away in the Broken Isles. I don’t know her, so I can’t really say, plus it would be very odd giving relationship advice to him. I do wish he was here more often, especially when we get busy, but I can certainly understand why he’s distracted. But that would mean things didn’t work out with her, and I don’t want that either. After everything he’s been through, he deserves to be happy.

[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