[Story] Vassanta’s Journal

Dear journal,

Things are going good. We’ve been living in the house on the biggest island. Some plants have even grown up there now, so it seems like it’s been there for a long time. It seems like it belongs.

We just had the candy holiday again. I actually forgot all about it, until Jaeyn started working on his new tail for his costume this year. At first he didn’t want me to see what it was, because it was supposed to be a surprise, but I found out anyway. Then I said he couldn’t wear a tail again because he wore one last year, and you aren’t allowed to wear the same thing twice in a row. But he said it’s a new, improved design so it doesn’t really count as the same thing. The mask is the same though, but he looks so cute with a tail that I didn’t really argue. It is a better tail though, he made it out of cloth this time instead of paper, so it’s more durable, and he stuffed it with soft stuff inside. It doesn’t move quite like a real tail is supposed to, I guess we’ll have to try to fix that for next year.

Then I said I don’t know what I want for my costume, and Jaeyn went and got a bunch of plants and sticks and leaves. He said I should be a sporeling. That’s really not what sporelings look like, but he was so excited about it that I went along with it. The people who hand out the candy don’t really care what your costume is, anyway. We went into Shattrath and visited all the inns and shops where they were handing out candy. I also got an orc mask, so then I was an orc sporeling I guess. Or an orc who fell into a pit of leaves. I don’t know.

While we were there, we saw something really crazy, we saw a bear person! I said we should have brought Tumbles with us, so he could talk to them. But I didn’t think Tumbles ought to eat candy, and he surely would if he saw a big bucket of it. Jaeyn said they were pandaren but he’d never seen one before, only read about them in books. Now that I think of it, it might have just been someone’s costume that was done really well to look like a real one.

We’ve been working some more on our fighting stuff. I want to try it out on some blood elves soon, but there aren’t any on the islands yet. I guess I should remind Jaeyn about that. Last time we caught one, we accidentally left it behind. I’m pretty sure there are still some in the forest, but that’s a long way to carry it back. We’d need to put it on his rocket. I am not sure how I feel about a disgusting blood elf riding on our rocket, even if it is to be captured for the islands.

I haven’t heard from Vajarra in a while, I guess I should probably write to her. I do miss seeing her, even if she’s annoying sometimes.

Bye journal!
~Vass

[Story] Vassanta’s Journal

Hi journal,

Wow, it’s been ages since I wrote in this thing. I found it in my stuff when we were moving everything into the new house. I feel bad for not writing in it all this time, like I’m neglecting it or something. Or I feel bad for not writing down everything that’s happening, because that’s why I started doing it in the first place.

The first big thing is that we finished building the house on the big island. I guess “house” isn’t exactly accurate, but it does kind of have walls and there’s sort of a roof. It doesn’t rain here, so a roof isn’t as important as you’d think. There are a bunch of wrecked ships out in what used to be Farahlon and we brought back a lot of wood from that. It took a long time, but we tied it onto Jaeyn’s rocket to carry it. The rocket doesn’t fly very well with wood on it, but as long as you balance the load, it works all right. So maybe it’s not the most beautiful house in the world, but it works, and it’s our house.

I really never thought things would be as good as they are for me now. I went to the Sha’tar because I wanted to be like my dad, and when he was gone I didn’t have anything else to hold on to. I mean sure, I had Vajarra, but she was busy doing her own thing and being an important anchorite. She never meant to forget about me, but it just kind of happened. We weren’t very close at that time. And then everything else happened and things just got worse. I didn’t care anymore. I really thought I’d die out in Shadowmoon and I was okay with that, because what else was there for me? Especially after Malcos. I didn’t know it was possible to hurt that much. Over a stupid elf! Man, was I dumb.

I think about what would have happened if I hadn’t agreed to come to Darnassus with Vajarra, or if I hadn’t gone looking for her in the temple. What if I’d followed my first instinct and never talked to Jaeyn again because I thought he was a cocky bastard, and just like Malcos. What if I’d given up when that stupid elf girl brought him coffee? I told myself I didn’t feel that way about him, and what if I’d listened? I’m sure glad I didn’t.

Okay this is getting way too sappy. He better not read this. Besides the house, we’ve also been practicing on the islands. Jaeyn was curious about the draenei in the ruins so I had to explain how they’re basically crazy cultists who do dark magic and forgot about the naaru. But then he said he was watching them train, and it looks like they just use their hands and a stick to fight with. He thought it might be interesting to try that. At first I didn’t like the idea because, hey, crazy cultists are bad. But I figured we could make up our own way of doing it, so it wouldn’t really be the same. I guess we should write down all of the different moves, but I’ll have to ask him because I forgot some of them. I know there was “Biting Hyena”, I made up that one based on Sketch.

I better finish up and get everything moved into the house. There’s really not a lot, but if we leave it out, the Commander will come and eat the pages. He’s a naughty bird.

~Vass

[Story] Vassanta’s Journal

Hi journal,

I guess I haven’t written for a while. Not too much has happened, except just now which is why I’m writing. Things are good at the temple. Tumbles is pretty much the size of a regular bear now, which is really funny when he tries to sit on Jaeyn’s lap. I don’t think he knows he’s that big. Even though it was my idea, I’m going to be sad to leave the temple behind. I wonder if maybe Tumbles could stay behind and keep the ogres out for us. I should suggest it to Jaeyn.

Ellorian came and made a portal for us to Draenor. He only knew how to make one to Shattrath, not the islands, so we had to ride the rocket over there. Not that I ever mind that! The islands were still there, just as we’d left them. I was relieved that nobody had come and tried to live there while we were gone.

When we flew over the ruins, Jaeyn said he wanted to go explore in them. I kind of had a bad feeling about it, I mean, it’s full of ghosts and I told him that. But hearing that only made him more excited to go see it. They’re draenei ghosts, people who died and can’t rest now because some cult people woke them up. They could be my father and mother, they’re someone’s father and mother for sure. I explained how the ruins used to be a really big temple and he asked if I ever saw it when it was like that. I said it hadn’t, because my family never had anyone to bring here to get put in the crypts.

It didn’t take long before we saw a ghost. It was a young girl, probably not too much younger than myself. I wonder how she died, and I wondered if her family was here too. After that, Jaeyn didn’t really want to see any more ghosts. I’m glad for that, because being in there made me want to cry. Outside we saw a few of the Auchenai, the creepy draenei who live there. I had to explain how they’re not good draenei and they might try to hurt us if they saw us. The one we saw was big and he had no tendrils at all — gross. He was fighting with a long wooden staff and his bare hands. Jaeyn thought that was cool and we should try practicing like that. I don’t really see the point, I mean, a wooden staff is just like a fake sword. He’s graduated onto using real swords. But I don’t see the harm in it, so I said yes.

The Commander was still on the islands too, the one with all the other striders. I think he was the biggest one. He really is a Commander!

Bye journal,
~Vass

[Story/Art] Vassanta’s Journal

Hi journal,

Well I think it turned out to be a pretty good anniversary after all.

I went to the town and got a bunch of chocolates, and also a pair of ears and a dress. At first Jaeyn was like “why are you wearing that?” so I thought he didn’t like it, but he said he did. I think he liked it more after I showed him why I picked that one. He ate all the chocolate too, which I knew he’d do so I hid some of them. Oh I made him a batch of flower cookies too. I wanted to get him a present, but I didn’t know what, and he said he didn’t need one. Still I think you’re supposed to give presents for anniversaries.

So we were trying to figure out when we should start counting for our anniversary — like should it be when we went to kill goblins or when we went to the pirate island, or when we decided to be mates, or what? Neither of us really knew, because we’d never had an anniversary before. I thought maybe from the time when we went to the goblins, but he barely even talked to me that time. He claims he was looking at my tail then, he just didn’t want to scare me off. Not sure if I believe that, he just ran off and he didn’t even write back when I sent him my report on the Horde base. The pirate island would be good too, that’s the first time we kissed, so it was kind of romantic, but I already knew by then. We both agreed that it would be good to count from when we first knew, which was in the temple, so it’s a little late but that’s okay.

I definitely knew then, though I was afraid because I didn’t want things to turn out like they did with Malcos. I know all elves aren’t the same, but it was hard to look at him and not see Malcos. Luckily they look nothing alike, but still. I hadn’t even been with anyone at all since then. He said he was afraid that I’d say no, he told me about that shaman again and some other draenei who got mad that he was looking at her tail. I don’t know why they said no. He’s perfect. I guess they are just dumb, shamans especially don’t make any sense.

I brought up going back to the islands, and at first he thought I just meant to visit like a week or two. I feel guilty about making him leave his sister and his nephew. He pointed out that my sister is here too, I guess I hadn’t really thought about that. But it’s not like we can’t come back, Jaeyn said his father could help us with that by making portals. I guess he might, I’d hate to bother him all the time though. I can’t explain why I want to go back, other than I guess I miss it. Strange to think that I could miss a place that’s so broken, but maybe that’s why I like it.

After he ate the cookies, we took the rocket out to the pirate island. It was just as fun as last time, he gave a speech about my tail being long and smooth and he threw his boot at some pirates. Every time we found some jewelry he gave it to me and told me to put it on, by the end I had so much on I could hardly move and it was hanging from my horn and stuff. He’s funny. I still can’t believe out of all the draenei around that he wanted me. But maybe this was the way things were supposed to be.

Bye journal,
~Vass

[Story] Vassanta’s Journal

Hey sis,

I wanted to write to you and thank you for the package you sent. The soaps are really nice, I’m not sure what flowers Terivanis used, but they smell good! Jaeyn was funny, he asked if that was a hint that he smelled bad. I said no, but then I told him I’d make sure he was clean anyway. How is the shop going? It must be good. I hope you’re selling a lot.

We haven’t come by to visit for a while, but we probably should soon. I’m starting to miss Draenor though and I’m not sure how to tell him I want to go back for a while. His family is here — well his siblings anyway — and I would feel terrible asking him to move away from them. And there’s his father, but he’s a mage and I think he could just take a portal. I know there’s portals on  Draenor, so it shouldn’t be a problem. I just wouldn’t mind staying on our islands for a bit, though I’d miss the temple too. Maybe we can get someone else to stay there while we’re gone. I don’t suppose Terivanis wants to move his shop there? Probably not, it has an ogre problem sometimes.

I’ve been practicing with my bow a lot, but I haven’t forgotten about my sword. I’ve been helping Jaeyn with his too (and I mean his actual sword this time, not something else), and he’s getting better.

I just realized it’s been a year since we got together, I think it’s actually passed the actual day. I’m a horrible mate! I haven’t ever had an anniversary before so I’m not really sure what I should get him. He really likes the cookies but I think it should be something really special. What do you think?

Your sister,
~Vassanta

[Story] Vassanta’s Journal

Hi journal,

Well it’s been a while since I wrote. Tumbles is really big now, he’s almost fully grown so Jaeyn has been taking him out hunting with us. He really seemed to like the arrows. He said they were too fancy to use for ordinary hunting, but we did want to go and try them out. We went to where the ogres were, but we still can’t tell for sure which ones are female. Jaeyn shot one that we thought was, but she didn’t fall in love with any ogre that we could tell anyway. So either they’re defective or they don’t work on ogres, or that wasn’t a female ogre. Maybe next year we can go ride on the boats in Darnassus.

Not too long ago, he went to visit his father in Dalaran. I’m proud of him, being able to take a portal by himself. He said his father seemed kind of sad, but one of his mage friends was visiting him so I take that as a good sign. He was surprised because the other mage just took a portal into his house. Mages do stuff like that. He wants to do something nice for him, but I’m not really sure what. I know he enjoys visiting with us, but I don’t really think he likes fishing or hunting very much. And Dalaran is all right, but Jaeyn doesn’t like big cities, so we have to find a way to make everyone happy.

We got a letter the other day, from Zaethir, Phaa’s tracker in Feathermoon. He was asking about how to raise worg pups. I gave it to Jaeyn, because I don’t know anything about worg pups. Honestly I don’t know if he does either, because I’ve never seen him with one, but he has to know something because Tumbles turned out good. I guess Zaethir found a worg puppy because Phaa wanted a baby or something. Jaeyn should really warn him because babies are way more work than a worg pup. I like them though, Phaa’s a lot more fun than my sister, and Zaethir reminds me of Jaeyn. Except not as cute, of course.

I’d been thinking about going back to the islands, but now I’m not so sure, if we would have to leave our friends behind. Unless maybe they’d want to live on the islands too. I’ll put that in the reply.

[[ Doodle of an elf and a draenei playing orc-ball with hearts above their heads. ]]

Bye journal,
Vass

[Story] Vassanta’s Journal

Dear journal,

I know he’s upset, because he doesn’t talk. I don’t blame him for that, she’s awful and it has to hurt to find out like this. I don’t want to say anything bad because no matter what, she’s still his mother and I know he still cares about her.  The way he talked about her before, I don’t think she was like that. Something must have happened to make her change. Life can change people a lot, I should know.

We went fishing down on the shore, he caught a box with powder inside. He said it was makeup but it looked a bit coarse, not that I really know anything about makeup. She came down to talk to us. She said she didn’t tell Jaeyn that she was alive, because she didn’t want Kel to know. How horrible! That’s her own daughter. I mean, I know some people don’t like their parents too much. I know I’m lucky that I was so close to mine. But to pretend to be dead just to get away from your own daughter? That’s horrible. I should have kept quiet, but I had to say something.

She said she’s going to Dalaran to look for Ellorian. I think we ought to warn him. He’s nice, he ought to stay away from her and find someone who won’t run away and pretend to be dead. I thought maybe I could scare her out of it by making up some stuff about the portals — elves hate portals — but she said she was going to take a boat there. So then I told her about how dangerous it is in Northrend and she said she was at Hyjal so she’s not worried. Whatever, lady, like you’re the only one who’s ever had to fight demons before. And it’s not the same, I guess you can’t get turned into an undead anymore, but there are still a lot of them around. She seemed surprised when Jaeyn said he was in Icecrown, even though I already said that earlier. He was brave and went even though he didn’t want to, and there were spiders and skeletons, because it was the right thing to do. I’m glad he didn’t turn out like her.

I told him I was sorry it turned out like it did, and that I was here for him. I’m sure he knows, but sometimes people just need to hear that. If she cares about him half as much as I do — which she should, being his mother and all — she’d never do that. I don’t understand it at all. And she better leave Ellorian alone.

O fulo osa

~Vass