[Story] Fairsong Academy – Terellion’s Journal

Last night was not good. Hethurin’s mother came onto the grounds, Tik must have been busy with his son because normally he’d be the one to stop any strangers from getting in. Hethurin noticed right away that the ward had been breached, and he went with the kids into one of the hidden rooms. I went outside to talk to her, probably not the best idea but there was no way I was going to let him go out there. She’s even worse than I remember! First she just said she wanted Bailas back, so I offered to go and get him. I don’t care if Hethurin has forgiven him or not, I just want him to go home so we don’t have to put up with him anymore. He’s got in too much trouble to stay at the rangers, and we are running out of dumb jobs for him to do. He said that he polished every rock in the garden — I don’t really believe that, but whatever. So then I gave him the job of sweeping the dirt to get it smooth. That’s what he was working on today. Hethurin’s mother was also upset that “we” broke his nose. We didn’t do anything! That was all his own dumb fault! The ranger captain said that he walked into a tree, but Isturon said that someone punched him for saying nasty things about one of the girl rangers. Either way, not our fault. If he got punched, I am sure he deserved it.

But then she kept wanting to go inside and talk to Hethurin! I know there is no way he wants to talk to her. She also kept calling him “Sanimir”, which was his name before I knew him. I am pretty sure she’s just doing it to upset him. And she also said our kids aren’t “real” grandchildren again. Like she would know what a real parent is like! She also said my mother had low standards because she was seeing Isturon, who is the one who was married to him? And she claims they’ve kissed. That’s not true as far as I know. I think I’ll believe my mother over this woman.  I was hoping Hethurin would turn her into a frog or something from the window, that would have been funny. Or a pig, because she hates dirt so much! That would have been perfect. Then it started raining, and she insisted that she had to go inside again so she didn’t get any drops of water on her. Finally I said she could sit in the greenhouse. I know there are a lot of bugs in there, so I hope some crawled on her. I went inside and told Hethurin what was going on. He said to tell her to stay at an inn in town, and we’d send Bailas to her. So I went back out, she was still there in the greenhouse and I didn’t see any bugs on her. Sadly.

She agreed to that, but she said “Sanimir” had to come with to talk to her. I don’t know what she could possibly have to say to him. Whatever it is, it’s probably awful and evil like everything else she says. So since I know he’s not Sanimir anymore, I agreed. I guess that was the wrong thing to do, because now Hethurin thinks he has to go. I tried to explain that he’s not Sanimir, but he says he is. I’m kind of confused, I don’t know why he’s doing anything she says. But he suggested they could meet at the clinic, so Lani and the Confessor would also be there. It’s unlikely that she would do anything bad with other people there, and I’ll also come so I can be his guard. But I didn’t feel like a very good guard today. If I was, I would have been able to get her to leave right away. Instead I got him into a worse mess. I hope he’s not upset with me. I made an extra special manaberry cake tonight. I also asked Renner if he’d come so he could eat her if she does anything too bad. He gave me a weird look, but I guess that’s not a no.

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[Story] Character of the Week – Terellion Fairsong

[[ Terellion started working at the school and soon fell for Hethurin, the headmaster. His mother and sisters live on the grounds, but his father was killed in the Siege of Orgrimmar. Formerly, he was a guard in Silvermoon. ]]

“Are you ready for guard training, Terellion?”

Terellion hurriedly pulled on his boots and picked up his wooden sword. He knew it wasn’t a real one, because Ann’da said he wasn’t quite old enough yet, but he treated it with care all the same. Every night, when Ann’da would polish his real sword, Terellion would sit next to him and rub the cloth along the wooden blade just like he did. It even had a scabbard that tied around his waist, to keep the blade safe when he wasn’t using it. Lastly, Terellion tied his cloak around his neck, and ran out into the kitchen where his father waited.

They held hands as they walked along the busy streets, past the shops and market stalls to the grassy square and the fountain that Terellion always begged to play in. But today they were training, not playing, and he had to be focused. Ann’da showed him how to hold his wooden sword properly, how to defend against different attacks and how to disarm bad guys. They sat on the grass and ate the lunch that Minn’da had packed for them. The warm spring sunshine made the city seem to glow with warmth, and the new flowers filled the air with their sweet scent.

“I have a very important guard assignment for you. But only if you think you’re ready.”

Terellion jumped up, still holding his apple. “I’m ready!”

Ann’da rubbed his chin thoughtfully. “Well… if you’re sure.”

“I’m sure!”

“You’re going to have a new little brother or sister.  It will be your job to help keep them safe. Do you think you can do that?”

It took Terellion a moment to understand what those words “brother or sister” meant. Once he did, he nodded eagerly. “Yes! I will be the best guard there is!”

“Terellion? Are you listening?”

Truthfully, his mind had wandered as they walked past the little park in the center of the city. It looked the same as he remembered, the golden fountain surrounded by a neat well-tended garden of bright flowers. But it also seemed so much smaller, but he supposed that was because he was so much larger now.

“Sorry,” he said, an ear twitching. He and his mother were on the way to get some things from the baking shop, with a stop for lunch along the way. Since his sisters were still in class, it was just the two of them that afternoon. He had the sense she’d planned it that way, and once they sat down to eat, he learned that he was right.

“I know you’re uncomfortable with me going places with Hethurin’s father,” she said. “Could we talk about it?”

Terellion sighed, moving the vegetables around on his plate. It wasn’t that he was opposed to it really; he’d started to see Hethurin’s point about her being lonely. Maybe she was, maybe she did need someone her age to do things with instead of just spending all her time with babies. He was still certain that he couldn’t, in her place, but she wasn’t him. But why did it have to be him, of all people? Surely there was some other man who could take her to plays and out to dinner.

“I’m just worried you’re going to forget all about him,” Terellion said finally. “Like he’ll be gone and then no one will remember anymore. I already have forgotten some things, and it scares me.”

“Oh Ter, I promise that’s not going to happen. I’m not going to stop loving him just because he’s gone. He’ll always be with us, especially now with little Galandil.”

He frowned, but maybe she was right. “I guess so.”

“If you really think I shouldn’t, then I won’t. But I do like him, and I’d like the chance to know him better. I think you would like him too if you gave him a chance.”

She was really leaving it up to him? But it was her life, should be her decision. So he knew what his answer had to be. “It’s okay. Just… don’t kiss in front of us.”

She laughed at that. “It’s a deal.”

 

[Story] Fairsong Academy – Terellion’s Journal

Hethurin had asked me to talk to Tik about the situation with the pool boy, because he was worried Tik might not be honest with him. Tik doesn’t want to upset Hethurin, so sometimes he’ll say things that he might not really want. So after dinner while he was washing dishes, I asked him for his opinion about the cake for the ball. I always start planning it ahead of time so I can make sure it’s exactly how I want it. Really it was just a way to start talking without it seeming too weird. It turns out that Tik already knew that he and Lilithel were spending time together, but he seemed resigned to it, like he didn’t even care. I couldn’t understand that, because I thought they loved each other, and Tik said that he had. I’m not sure what changed. I said that he should at least talk to her about it, but he didn’t think that would do any good. Unless she has no heart at all, it should, but I don’t know, maybe she doesn’t.

So then I asked him what he thought we should do about the pool boy, and he didn’t hesitate at all. Well, first he said to teleport him into the ocean, but I think that’s not really a good idea. He said we should send him away. It’s complicated, because that would mean Hethurin had to sign the letter saying he forgave him, and I’m not sure if he’s ready to do that. Honestly, I don’t think I forgive him yet either. I was so scared that something had happened to Hethurin. He said that Lilithel wouldn’t leave because the pool boy would have to go back to Verisna — unless of course there was some kind of weird situation going on there. I don’t even want to think about that. Tik did suggest that he could go to the rangers, and I admit I hadn’t thought about that. I don’t think he’d be very good at it, but he’s not very good at being a builder either. And maybe they could train him, then he could have a real job besides flirting with older women, and he wouldn’t need to go back to Verisna. I’ll definitely bring it up with Hethurin. And I don’t think there are any older women there, so maybe he’d actually focus on his work.

Tik asked for some time off, and an advance on his pay to go to Silvermoon. I know Hethurin will give it to him, but he was kind of vague when I asked what it was for. I just hope it’s not something illegal, because I don’t want to be any part of that. I hope he’s going to fight to see his son. I can’t imagine having someone take one of my kids away from me like that.

We also talked about my mother. Tik thinks that I should just let her do whatever and see Isturon, like it’s no big deal that he’s my husband’s father. I still think it’s weird, and wrong. I don’t understand how she can just pretend our father and all their time together didn’t exist. Tik says it’s not like that, but I know I couldn’t find someone else if Hethurin died. I would just miss him too much. I also said I felt like Isturon was just trying to impress her with how much money he has, and I don’t want my mother to feel like she has to say yes just because he spent a lot. Because that’s what it seems like to me, why else would he invite everyone in the family? I’m pretty sure he doesn’t want us around on his date. Then again, my mother says it’s not a date, but my sisters think it is. I don’t know.

I also told Tik about the turtle that we’re getting for Malwen. She’s going to have to let Shelly the snail and her children out in the garden soon, so to help her feel better we’re going to fix up the tank and get a turtle. Tik said we should get more than one, but I don’t know if that’s a good idea. What if the turtle had babies too? That would be a lot of turtles.

[Story] Fairsong Academy – Terellion’s Journal

Hethurin wanted to tell me about the date my mother went on. I keep trying to convince myself it wasn’t, but he thinks it was. I said he should have just refused to make the portal, but he thought Isturon would make a fuss and then just go ask Raleth or someone else. He might be right. I just don’t understand how she could want to go on a date with someone else. Didn’t she love my father? I am certain she did, so how could she forget about him so quickly? Hethurin said it’s because she’s lonely, but she has me, and my sisters. If Hethurin died, I am sure I wouldn’t want to look for anyone else, but then he said he’d want me to. I don’t know what to think about that. I kind of sounded like I agreed, but I don’t, and if he’s gone he won’t be here to know anyway. Then he said he wouldn’t find anyone else, so I don’t know why he thinks it would be okay for me. Hopefully I’ll never have to fnd out though. We can be old and go on dates in the city too, but that’s okay because we already knew each other.

Hethurin said it would be okay if it was a different woman. I still think he ought to try that secretary again, but Hethurin thinks she wouldn’t be interested. There have to be some other women around, like maybe Lilithel. He suggested my mother could meet Keyalenn’s father, I forgot about him. That’s a good suggestion, he’d probably like someone to talk to, except I hope he doesn’t just talk about hawkstrider racing the whole time.

And he’s also wanting to adopt another child. I told him I thought we should wait a while until they’re a bit older — we still have two babies. His answer to that is that we could adopt an older child, someone who would otherwise get passed over. I think it might be really strange to adopt someone who is thirty years old or something. I did come up with an idea I think he liked, though. I suggested we could sponsor one, they could come live here at the school and have their own room, and attend classes for free. That way they’d get an education, and be surrounded by friendly people. It’s not quite the same as adoption, but I honestly think it would be a really nice thing to do. Plus, once they decide to move on, we could have another one. Hethurin is going to have some rooms added on soon, once the builders start working.

I haven’t decided yet what kind of cake I want for the spring ball. Obviously it will have flowers on it, with the greenhouse I might be able to use actual sugared petals this year, I will have to talk to Sorelle and see if she can save some for me. I wonder if I could make a cake filling with violets? They don’t really have much flavor on their own. Maybe I should just stick with the strawberry. It’s also going to be time to let Shelly and her babies out into the garden. I’m afraid Malwen is going to cry when they leave. But maybe we can get her a different animal instead, like a real pet.

[Story] Fairsong Academy – Terellion’s Journal

Last night the pool boy showed up on our doorstep. He’s just about the last person I ever wanted to see again. I thought he might be here to spy on Hethurin, so I had him wait in the sitting room until we talked about it. The pool boy said that he had come to get a note saying that Hethurin forgave him, and he wasn’t to return until he had one. He claims that he was the one who put something in Hethurin’s tea and left him in the dirty inn with a healer who didn’t know what he was doing. While that might be true, I think it’s more likely that Verisna did something, and now that she’s caught, she is making someone else take the blame for it. Since when has she ever worried about her relationship with Hethurin? Especially if she thinks our kids aren’t even real grandchildren. I just feel like she’s up to something. I told Hethurin that maybe he’s here to spy on us, but he didn’t seem worried. He said we don’t have anything to hide. That’s true, but that doesn’t mean I want someone reporting back everything I say or do, either. Hethurin pointed out that we could keep him as long as we wanted, although I don’t actually want him to stay here. I had the idea of having him help Lilithel in the stable, that way he’d have to shovel hawkstrider poop, and she’d have more time to spend with her baby. Maybe she and Tik could even work something out.

Hethurin said he could stay in the builders’ house with Ithorel and Ethirdir. There’s a spare room there, though there are plenty in the students’ building. This way I suppose he could help with building too, in the spring. Provided he knows how to use a hammer, that is, but I guess it can’t be that difficult. Nothing we said seemed to upset the pool boy at all, and he insisted he wanted to do this to go back to Verisna. I don’t understand how he doesn’t see how evil she is, and how she’s using him. It’s not impossible that he really loves her, I guess, but it just seems unlikely to me. He’s younger than I am! I also don’t really know if I like the idea of keeping him here and making him do terrible things. We’re not like that. I guess it’s true that he could leave whenever he wanted — we aren’t the one making him do this, she is. And he could always refuse. I still have a bad feeling about all of it. I let him have some cake and told him about the ball. At first Hethurin didn’t want to allow him, but I thought maybe he’d see how much better our parties are and he could report back to Verisna. And we always have plenty of food.

Tomorrow I’m going to bake some test versions of the party cake for Hethurin to try. It’s going to have white layers with chocolate and manaberry jam for filling. I’ve also been practicing making sugar swans to put on the top. I was worried for a minute because Hethurin said he didn’t like swans, but I think he was actually confusing them with geese. It would have been bad to change the theme just a few days before the ball! I’m also going to bake some of those little candies inside with messages in them, so everyone should get one in their piece. I think that will be fun. I have to make sure Hethurin gets a good one.

[Story] Fairsong Academy – Terellion’s Journal

I knew going to see his mother was a bad idea. I told him it was! And he still insisted on going. Thankfully at least he agreed that I could go with, otherwise who knows what could have happened to him. Hethurin could have been stuck in that inn for days, or worse. His mother claims she doesn’t know very much magic, but I don’t believe her. She knew enough to silence him before, who’s to say she can’t do something else? I waited outside on the walkway while he went inside. When I didn’t hear anything for a while, I tried to look inside, but it was too dark to see anything. That’s when I went to find a guard. I am not sure if he believed me, but I told him I was worried that his mother might have done something to him. He definitely didn’t believe me when we arrived, and Hethurin was nowhere in sight. She managed to talk the guard into leaving, but I saw Hethurin go in there. I knew he was inside somewhere. He’d warned me not to go into her house, but what else was I supposed to do? I thought about going home to get Tik, but I thought it might take too long, and I wasn’t going to leave him there with her.

His mother acted like nothing was wrong. She calmly sat down and tried to give me tea. I didn’t drink it, who knows what was in it, but I pretended to. She told me that Hethurin had fainted, and they’d taken him to a healer. I know that’s nonsense, if he was feeling ill I would have noticed it earlier. Hethurin was perfectly fine this morning, and until he went into his mother’s house. I wanted to go see the healer, but she said she didn’t know which one it was. Convenient. So I tried to be patient and wait for him even though I was imagining a hundred horrible things happening to him. I checked under the tables and chairs when she went out of the room to see if she’d turned him into a frog. I just don’t trust that woman, I think she says things just to hurt people. Like she said our children aren’t really her grandkids because they’re not related. What a witch. I said there’s more to being a good parent than just giving birth. That’s fine, I don’t think I want her around them anyway. She also said a lot of things about Isturon, about how he always lies and tricks people, she also said he was seeing that other woman while they were still married. I don’t know if it’s true. She might just be saying it to try and cause trouble — but if she is telling the truth then I think my mother ought to know. I know she’s going to say I’m just gossiping but I don’t want her being with someone who is going to hurt her. I didn’t tell Hethurin’s mother who the woman was, I thought that would be a bad idea. She’d probably say mean things about my mother and then who knows what would have happened.

Finally her pool boy returned and she yelled at him for being an idiot. She said she doesn’t actually love him, but she married him anyway. I don’t understand that. She said it’s because he doesn’t lie. Hethurin doesn’t lie either, and I love him, I don’t think it’s that difficult to find both. He took me to the inn where Hethurin was, it was awkward. He’s younger than me, Hethurin said. As soon as I went into the room, the pool boy took off. He was acting nervous. Hethurin was still sleeping, and still confused. I don’t think he just fainted, I’m sure she did something, but he couldn’t remember what. For a while I was afraid he wouldn’t wake up and I thought I would cry, but then I held his hand and he woke up a little. Since he was too weak to make a portal home, I went and found a mage who sent us to Tranquillien. From there I went back to the school and convinced Renner to come and carry Hethurin back. I had to promise him his own cake, but that’s easy enough. Everyone was really worried because we were late, especially Malwen. She was sure that we were never coming back. I think seeing Renner distracted her a little, and now she wants to look for dragons whenever we are outside. I’m just glad Hethurin is safe at home, I’m keeping a close eye on him to make sure nothing else is wrong. Next time he wants to go somewhere alone, I’m not letting him.

[Story] Fairsong Academy – Terellion’s Journal

We’ve barely taken down the decorations from the winter ball, and we have to begin planning for the goblin one. Personally, I don’t really know if it’s a good idea to have a ball just for a made-up goblin holiday, but Hethurin insists. I guess I don’t mind too much, because the colors are nice, but it’s just so close after the winter one that we hardly have time to get everything done. I told Hethurin that I wasn’t going to make miniature goblins for the cake, so he suggested swans. Apparently swans are supposed to be a symbol for love, I haven’t ever heard that, but at least they’re not goblins. It’ll give me a chance to practice making icing roses, too. Manaberry is a bit too purple, so we’ll have a lot of strawberry I think. Tik will have to go get some from the city, because ours haven’t grown big enough yet, it’s the first year so I think maybe they need more time. I’m also a little worried about having a love holiday ball, given what’s going on with my mother. I don’t think she needs any more encouragement, it’s bad enough that my sisters are interfering. Hethurin is worried that his sisters might too, I admit it’s a possibility. Hopefully he can warn Lani and she can cure him or whatever.

He said that Hethurin was acting like his mother. That’s an awful thing to say, and not true at all. Hethurin was planning to go talk to her, to see what she thinks about all of this. Personally, I think it’s a bad idea. The last time he went to see her about something serious, he wound up silenced on a hawkstrider farm. Hethurin insists that won’t happen again, but I still think I should go with him. She can’t silence me, and I could bring my sword to make sure he’s safe. Maybe I could follow him and hide outside? But I don’t know how I’d tell if there was trouble. I’m worried she might do something to my mother, too. Even though she insists it’s nothing, dancing isn’t nothing, and Hethurin’s mother might think it’s something too. She is married to someone else, but no one ever said she was rational.

I guess I wouldn’t mind so much if it was just some regular guy that I didn’t already know. It’s just weird being someone who’s already in my family, kind of. Of all the people around here, she had to pick him? She says I’m over-reacting and I shouldn’t be so dramatic. Well, she’s the one doing crazy stuff. I’m also worried about what Hethurin said, that Isturon might get Vaildor to paint a picture of her. I mean, a normal painting would be fine, but Hethurin said he’s done some that have boobs. That’s totally inappropriate! I don’t think a kid should be painting that stuff.

Hethurin wants to go on another trip soon, just us and not the kids. It would have to be a time portal, otherwise we’d be gone too long and worry about them the whole time. Though I do think they’d really enjoy going on a time portal trip to another timeline, I guess it could cause problems. Maybe in the summer we can go on an ordinary trip with them. Just the two of us could be nice though, especially if we go somewhere warm. I could use some warm now, it’s frosty every morning!