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For the most part, the clinic has been quiet this summer. Vaildor and Lukian are finding things to do outside. Lukian is very excited to be going to the same school as everyone else next year, and I plan to take him before classes start so he can learn his way around and get to meet all of the teachers. Even if he won’t have a class with them yet, it will help him settle in, and he will feel comfortable asking for help if he does get lost. Esladra has two patients now — well, three if you count Isandri, but she’s always here, and a healer herself. We’ll have three new little elves arriving over the winter. I’m sure Esladra is delighted to not have to do busy work around the clinic any longer, she’s been going out to see Nessna and Anorelle at the lodge.

Aeramin and Arancon have both kept their appointments this week, and of course both wanted to talk about the subject of Aeramin’s new sibling. Aeramin is afraid he’ll be pushed aside and forgotten once the new baby arrives, and that Arancon won’t want to see him anymore. He’s also upset that he or she will have the experience of Arancon being a good father that he missed out on, though I pointed out that Arancon is doing his best to make amends now. That’s all that he said outright, but I do think he’s still missing his mother, and this must feel a little like a betrayal to him. Arancon tried to speak to him about it, but Aeramin got upset and asked him to leave. From what I know about Aeramin, it might be best to let him cool off and adjust to the idea on his own before approaching him again. Or I could be wrong, and his resentment will grow and fester. I don’t always have all the answers, as much as I’d like to think that I do.

Arancon on the other hand, seems excited and eager to have everything just right. He told me of his plans to make the sidecar of his machine softer for Anorelle and the baby to ride in, and he’s going to fill in the parts of the road that might be bumpy. They’re fixing up the guest room to be a nursery, and I’ve seen him here with Anorelle for her check-up with Esladra. He said he never wanted Aeramin to be an only child, though it didn’t seem to bother him much. Truthfully, I was an only child and I found ways to entertain myself. Would I have liked a sibling? Possibly, I can’t say for sure. But I don’t think it will do any damage to grow up on their own. I hope that Aeramin will warm to the idea of a sibling, but if not, there are a lot of children of similar age at the school for the new baby to play with. I suggested to Arancon that he reassure Aeramin that he’s still important to him, and encourage him to interact with the baby if he’s amenable to the idea. Maybe by the winter he will have had time to come around.

Arancon asked me if Lani wants more of our own, as he pointed out, she is from a large family. To me, we already have a large family, but I hadn’t thought to ask her. Telinda is still young yet, and Lukian just joined us recently. Or Lani might want to adopt another older child, I suppose that would be all right too. Maybe I should ask Isturon how he managed so many. He hasn’t been in for a while, but now that Verisna has gone back to Silvermoon, I hope he’ll drop by again soon.

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[Story] Morthorn’s Notes

Last night Lani and I went to the theater, thanks to the tickets from Isturon. We opted to eat after, since the play started a bit early in the evening. That was probably for the best, as it gave us the chance to discuss it over dinner. The story was a drama about a lady healer and her male patient, a soldier, stationed at the site of a battle. Naturally, it brought up memories of when Lani and I worked together outside Orgrimmar, a mostly unpleasant assignment but I was thankful for her assistance then. I hadn’t thought about those days for a long time, and some scenes were a little uncomfortable, simply because of the memories they evoked, such as when one of the side characters died after the healer attempted to save him. But I enjoyed it overall, and I can certainly see why Isturon chose it for us. Some of the medical details were probably incorrect, but that wasn’t the main point of the story, after all. Lani had difficulty letting them go, she thought they should have been a bit more accurate because it would give people the wrong idea about what healers are actually capable of. While I can see her point, I also think most audiences would find a play full of medical details to be quite boring — though certainly healers would appreciate it. I suggested that she could try writing one, but she said she wasn’t sure where to begin writing a play. I haven’t written one either, but I imagine you’d come up with the story and then write the dialogue to fit it. But maybe I should ask Vaildor, he’s the actor in our house.

Speaking of, we also discussed whether or not Lukian would be staying. It was a short discussion, as I think we’d already both decided before last night. He seems happy, and gets along well with Vaildor, though I still think he’s still a bit reserved and nervous. Perhaps if he knows he won’t be sent back, he’ll show more of his true personality. Lani suggested that he finish the school year at his current school in Silvermoon, and then begin at Fairsong Academy in the fall. I agree, it would be difficult to change schools so near the end of classes. I hope he’ll be able to make friends though, Terellion’s sisters are close to his age, as well as Vaildor and Kiandris. I also thought we should have a little party to celebrate Lukian joining us, maybe just some cupcakes, just so he’ll feel recognized. And maybe some of those little cards. Lani still doesn’t understand why they are so excited about them, and honestly I don’t either, but it gives them something to talk about.

Isturon hasn’t been around the clinic much, though Lani said he has been going to the rangers’ building. I’m not sure why, none of the rangers are sick or injured as far as I know. Lani said he might be going to see Nessna, but I’d think Esladra would be seeing her, if anyone. Unless he’s not going for an official reason, but a personal reason. He might be going to see Arancon, for advice. I’m not offended, if anything I wonder if I ought to refer more of my clients to him. He seems to be doing very well for himself when it comes to dealing with women! He and his new girlfriend are already planning a trip to the island and are making plans to get married. I do worry that he might be setting himself up for trouble down the line, but I could be wrong and everything could turn out. I hope it does, he’s gone through enough lately and deserves some happiness. But I do wish he’d share whatever secret he has, I didn’t even know Lani was interested for months after we got back from Kalimdor!

The restaurant was really nice. They serve all sorts of different pastas with sauces, fresh bread and lovely seasoned oil. Lani had a glass of wine and insisted that she needed help walking home, of course I was happy to assist. I got our dessert in a box so she could eat it later at home and it didn’t go to waste. It was too late to ask Isturon about what has been going on with him, but hopefully we’ll talk about it soon. I’d also like to talk to the boys separately to see what they think about Lukian staying — I figure they’ll be more honest if the other isn’t sitting in the same room and listening. But I don’t expect that either will be opposed to the idea.

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It’s Children’s Week, which gave us an excuse to finally go and meet one of the older orphans who are looking for homes. The matron had given us a list of potential children to pick, and Lukian seemed like he would be a good fit. Unfortunately, Lani had to stay and see to a last-minute patient that evening, but she told me that she trusted my judgment on the matter. And if things don’t work out, he’s only here for the week. I hope they do, though. He’s close to Vaildor’s age, though I worry he might think Lukian is too much of a “kid” to want to talk and do things together. I stopped at the shop to get some packs of cards, one for Lukian as a sort of way to break the ice, and one for Vaildor so he wouldn’t feel left out. Vaildor assured me that all the kids at his school collect the cards, but Lukian seemed to have never heard of them before. I think he got one that was rare, but he was subdued about them overall. Maybe he would have preferred something else?

We got the chance to talk for a while. He seems very shy and quiet, though that may just have been because he was anxious. I think he is afraid to mess up and ruin his chances at getting adopted, because I said the week was a test. I mean that it was a test for us as well, to see if he wants to stay, but I probably should have said trial instead. Most people want the younger children, so I think he was surprised to be chosen at all. He asked if he’d have a bedtime, and if he’d have to go to school. As much as I’d like to let him run wild for a week, I think it’s best if he keeps to his routine so he doesn’t get too behind in his lessons. I did explain that he could stay up as late as Vaildor, and he’d be going to classes at the mage school with some others near his age. I suggested some things we could do, such as visiting the beach and the rangers’ lodge, but he didn’t have too many other ideas. Hopefully he will think of some. And we stopped for ice cream before heading home, he got a strawberry sundae.

Vaildor had already set up the bed in their room, and moved his art supplies into his new studio. I heard them talking about the cards, so maybe he’ll be more interested when he sees how much Vaildor likes them. I do hope they get along. I get the feeling that Lukian has been waiting for a long time.

Isturon stopped in last night, he wanted advice about his lady friend again. He wanted to get her flowers, but he didn’t know what her favorite kind was. Actually, he didn’t know that women had favorite flowers at all. How was he married for that long without knowing that? I suggested the florist may be able to help him, and that she was sure to appreciate whatever kind he got for her. I am beginning to think Lani was right, that he’s looking for reasons that it won’t work out because he already believes that it won’t. He’s said that all of them end up leaving, so if he sabotages things with Braedra, he can say that he was right again. I hope he doesn’t do that, but it does seem that he’s uncertain about what he wants. That’s probably something he should figure out sooner rather than later. He kept going back to the money issue as well. I can’t tell him what she might have meant by the remark, only what I interpret it to mean — which is that she feels self-conscious having him spend so much on her. She has never had a great deal of money and probably feels a bit awkward knowing what he’s spent. I suggested he could take her for things that aren’t so expensive, and he suggested the hawkstrider farm. That’s probably good, baby animals are cute. He’s also planning to make dinner for her, but he wasn’t sure what to make. He also brought up the issue of his past, the ranger captain believes that he should be up front with her about it. I’m not sure. She could dismiss it, or it could become a major issue. I told Isturon that it should wait until they’re more serious, if he decides to tell her at all. I can see his point, that it’s in the past and the situation wasn’t the same, but I can also see why it might make her hesitate. Maybe I should hire Arancon to be my relationship consultant. He seems to be good at giving advice in that area.

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I met Vaildor after his class, as usual. He was kept a bit late because they were having a critique, which is where everyone talks about the paintings and how they can improve. I would think it would be a nerve-wracking experience, but Vaildor always seems so enthusiastic about it. He was given advice on how to improve the lighting to make his work more realistic, which seems like valuable advice. I can only imagine how much he’ll improve thanks to these classes, his talent is already amazing to me and he’s still so young. Most days, we go straight home, but I wanted to discuss the adoption with him, which also gave me the chance to take him to buy some of the cards he likes so much.

Lani says he doesn’t need them, and I don’t quite understand the appeal, but he and Kiandris are so excited about them that I don’t see the harm. Vaildor especially wanted the one for Lady Liadrin, and he seems enchanted by the idea of blood knights — he is certainly not the first boy to be so. I suggested maybe he could inquire about painting some of their portraits for them, but he said he wouldn’t have time for his school work. Perhaps in the future. We stopped at the sandwich shop, and he wanted two. I guess that means he is growing! I think he was a little hesitant about the idea of having a brother at first, mostly because he’s a bit younger. I hope that once they meet, they’ll become fast friends, but it depends how things go. We have the guest room, so he could take that one, or they could share Vaildor’s current room, and we could use the guest room as an art studio. Vaildor seemed excited by that idea, but again, Lani and I haven’t even met this boy yet. We’re planning to go soon, just the two of us at first, then we’ll bring Vaildor and Telinda if that goes well.

I asked him a little about how his dinner with Isturon went. He seemed to enjoy the play, and he went on and on about how good the salmon was. I might have to take Lani there after we go, we haven’t had a proper date in a very long time. It’s expensive, but the clinic has been doing well enough that we can afford to have a nice dinner out.

At the card shop, I let him get two of the larger packs. He doesn’t have any at all, and Kiandris already has a whole collection, according to Vaildor. I also bought one of the boxes so he has a place to keep them all safe. He looked through them all excitedly, telling me about all of them. I hadn’t heard of most of them, but his friends at school had. It’s rare that I see him so excited about something, it was nice to spend time together. If he keeps his interest in them, it’ll be easy to think of gifts for him, too.

He’s also very excited for the play coming up at the school. I’m not sure exactly what it’s about, but Vaildor informed me that he’s playing an orc. He likes that because he gets to yell all of his lines. I imagine that Lani will have to help him with a costume, we might have an old cloak or something that would work. I’m not sure about an axe though, maybe we can make one out of wood. What if the orphan boy wants to be an orc two? I’m not sure Lani could handle having two young orcs in the house at once.

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It’s been quite a busy week at the clinic, with Bailas breaking his nose and Arancon breaking his hand — the two of which were related, apparently. Normally I don’t see too much of Lani’s patients, except to fill out their paperwork, but I heard about it from both her and Isturon. I still don’t know all of the details, but apparently it was over a woman. That surprised me a little, she’s one of the rangers but I am not sure if I remember seeing her before. She might have come to see Lani, but she hasn’t come to me. Arancon had the idea that it was a good thing, that somehow she didn’t “need” to speak to me. It’s not really a matter of need, but I feel like everyone can use an objective ear sometimes. Some are too shy or embarrassed to talk about things with a stranger at first, though usually they appreciated it once they do. But if she doesn’t want to, of course I won’t force her. It sounds as if things are going well between her and Arancon, at least according to what he said. I do worry that it might be progressing a bit quickly, which doesn’t always work out. Sometimes it does, though. He knows his own feelings far better than I do. I just wouldn’t want to see him lose all the progress he’s already made.

I have to admit I was surprised and a little impressed at how easily it seems to be going for him. It took me months to even bring up the subject with Lani, let alone actually ask her to go anywhere. It’s been a week and Arancon is already making plans to take a trip, and buy her a ring. She’s also agreed to stay over at his house. Maybe I should send all of the doubtful young men to him for advice rather than myself! I did suggest that Braedra speak to him, while I lost my wife some years ago, I didn’t really struggle with seeing someone new when the time came. I thought Arancon might better be able to relate to her, as we’d spoken about his wife many times. Arancon seemed to think that Isturon was taking the wrong approach with her, but I’m not sure if he’s right. I think the answer is somewhere in between both extremes. When I next see Aeramin, I’ll have to ask him what he thinks about all of it. Arancon said he’s accepting it well, even coming to visit him more often, but he has a way of hiding his feelings at times. Hopefully he’ll be more honest with me than his father.

I also spoke to Lani about adopting the boy from the orphanage. Hethurin has not allowed me to forget about it, so I finally got him to stop asking by agreeing to talk to Lani. I’m happy to say that she is open to the idea, but I’d like to see what Vaildor thinks. It’s my hope that he’d enjoy having someone around closer to his age, they could even share a room if they get along well enough. Otherwise we’ll have to move things around, I think. I just hope Kiandris won’t feel left out, but he seems an agreeable enough fellow and I’m sure he’ll get along with the new brother just as well. I hope Lani knows what she agreed to, having three young boys in the house all the time.

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I find it especially fascinating when I hear about a situation from different sides. Even then, I am certain I don’t have the full picture, but I do try my best to help everyone involved. Last night, Hethurin teleported into the clinic and wanted to talk. He had a lot on his mind, the most pressing was the situation with Terellion’s mother though. Hethurin is convinced that she and Isturon are involved in a relationship, and he is struggling with his feelings about that, and what it might mean for his family. All of that is perfectly reasonable, of course, though I tried to point out that it’s pointless to try to force someone to follow your ideas, especially when it comes to feelings. Hethurin kept saying that Isturon could simply find someone else, as if it’s ever that simple. I asked if he could simply give up Terellion and find someone different, which he admitted he could not. But somehow, he thought it would be different for Isturon because he’d been in other relationships.

Braedra — Terellion’s mother — just came to see me for the first time a few days ago. She was a little anxious about it, I believe, since she didn’t know me well. She admitted that she wasn’t sure if I could understand her perspective, but I told her that I would do my best and she could make up her mind whether or not she felt understood. Thankfully, she relaxed a bit by the end of the session and I believe she’ll come by to see me again. While she shares some of the same concerns as Terellion and Hethurin, she sees Isturon as a friend at this point. She admitted there may be the possibility of more, but she is struggling with the death of her husband and whether or not she’s ready to move on yet. I agreed with her that it was best to keep things slow for the time being, until she’d been able to sort through those feelings. I offered my own perspective on it, though my family was a great deal longer ago, so the feelings weren’t quite as immediate. It was still very difficult to let go of my worries though, and I still am probably far more cautious than I should be.

Isturon invited the family out for dinner, from what Hethurin said that includes Vaildor, but I’m not certain about Lani and I. Since she’s his family too, I would think so, but I’ll wait for an actual invitation. I haven’t been into the city for ages, I think Lani would really enjoy it. Hethurin said we could leave Telinda with one of the students for the evening. I know I’ll worry, but he says some of them have experience caring for younger siblings. Hethurin is also interested in sponsoring an older orphan who might not have many educational opportunities. I think that’s a wonderful way to give back to others, as well as improve the school’s reputation and awareness. And, he mentioned a little orphan he saw who was in need of a family. I think I know what Hethurin was trying to do, and I think it worked. I’ll have to talk to Lani about it of course, but I can’t imagine that she would oppose us taking in a boy who needed a family. We’ll have to meet him and see how he gets along with Vaildor and Telinda, of course, but Hethurin said he enjoys playing with the other children at the orphanage.

Hethurin’s final problem was one I’m not certain I can solve. His mother’s new husband is at the school and apparently causing trouble with one of the other employees, the woman who works in the stable. She’s also the mother of Tik’s child, and dismissing her might mean that Tik never sees him again. It’s not an easy situation, I suggested sending the husband back, but Hethurin isn’t ready to forgive him just yet. I suggested he could work in another place at the school, perhaps with the builders, hopefully that and a warning will be enough to prevent it from happening again. What people want to do in their own time is their business, but it shouldn’t be during work hours, or in the stable, of all places. Terellion is going to bring up the issue with Tik and see what he thinks of it. Perhaps he’ll have a better idea than I do.

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As promised, I went to visit Lilithel at the school. I had to wait until the evening, when she was finished in the barn and coming to take Ker’alith back to her house. I wasn’t sure if she’d be willing to talk to me, she could have had other plans, or simply not wanted to. She doesn’t know me very well, after all — she’s brought him to see Lani but never come to my office. Thankfully she did, though I can’t blame her for being a bit wary. She was unhappy that Tik had brought the matter up with me rather than asking her. Though she does have a point — it’s always best to speak with the other person directly — I can understand why he wouldn’t. It’s likely that he didn’t want to upset Lilithel or cause any further conflict.

Unfortunately, she didn’t seem very receptive to changing their arrangement. I suggested they could alternate full days, so she could have some during the day sometimes, and Tik could spend some nights with him. Lilithel explained that she needed to tend to the hawkstriders every day, and it wasn’t a suitable place for a child. And that Tik didn’t have a room, or even a bed for Ker’alith in his little room. She already feels that Tik has more quality time because Ker’alith is awake, even though Tik is working during that time. I can only make suggestions, I cannot make anyone do anything they don’t want to, and it doesn’t seem that Lilithel will budge on the matter. It’s unfortunate for Tik, but moreso for Ker’alith. I hope things don’t get more strained between them as he gets older, but I worry that it will. I can’t imagine how Tik must feel not being able to see his child every night.

Lilithel said the reason he couldn’t live with her is because he cleans too much. On the surface, that sounds ridiculous, but it could very well be the last of many small annoyances that added up. Or Tik may be cleaning because he’s anxious and doesn’t know how else to express it. Either way, though I’m not sure I agree with her reasons, they are hers and she is allowed to have them. I asked Lani if she would be upset if I cleaned all the time, and she said no. That’s a relief.

I also checked in on Hethurin while I was at the school. Lani intends to do a more thorough examination, even though her father looked him over. She wants to be sure there are no lasting effects and that he’s not ill. Terellion believes that his mother gave him something and insists that Hethurin wouldn’t have just fainted on his own. I’m not sure why she would do that, but I admit it’s not completely outlandish. More I just wanted to see that his mood was all right. He didn’t seem upset by the incident, and wanted to talk about the upcoming ball. He’s inviting some kaldorei guests and was worried about how much food they would eat. I told him that I don’t know how much kaldorei eat, but it’s always wise to make plenty of food for a party. We’ll definitely have to attend, if I have to I’ll talk Leinath into dancing with Orledin.