Captain Aidan writes to his brother

Alysei Aidan astin Velain, captain of the regiment of Turenay, to Alysei Athal astin Velain, king of Valdyas. I’m writing to you as one brother to another; your clerks will probably deal with my official report. That official report says that I detained Rayin and Doryn, formerly of the council…

In Silver Village

It was strange to be without Riei! Though I could still feel her in my mind, that made it less bad. And I was with Venla and Fian and Lochan and Liase. The village already knew we were coming, more than half the people there are gifted! And all the…

Not a Dog Person.

In the evening, in our bed, Leva and I had a loooong talk. She told me that doctor Airath was worried about me, about me having problems with, well, doing more than cuddling, and that he thought she’d better keep an eye on me. I daresay he’s right. I still…

Think while you work

Sometimes I want to jump out of my skin with happiness. (Sometimes I don’t.) Tylenay may not be the best place to be, it feels less safe than even Veray, but just like in Veray we’ve got people looking out for us, and I’m doing what I do best. The only…

On a Day Out

On the eve of the day of Anshen, we all went to High Penedin, on the other side of the lake. It’s quite a trip, over two hours with donkey and cart. It’s the only time the doctors take off, every other week — the other week it’s Serla and…

Fish, Iron and Love

In Tylenay From Tal Rayen to Tylenay is about a day and a half. You have to go the little river port place again, and then further east-north-east. Or maybe that’s not exactly correct. I’m not a cartographer. The road was pretty amazing, though, well graded, with a good, deep…

Tal Serth and Tal Rayen

We stayed a couple of days in Tal Serth. This is probably the place in Valdyas where the best glass is produced, and some of it can even compete with glassware from Idanyas. Leva was really interested in seeing how all of this worked, and especially in how various metals…

A departure and a ducking

And now it’s my turn, Arnei Riei’s, to write down what Leva and I are up to. Right now, that’s a trip along the Rycha. That means, Gralen, Tal-Serth, Tal-Rayen and Tylenay. Leva and the other students at her school are going to measure the incline of the Rycha river,…

Preparing to leave

While we were hugging each other because we both wanted to go to Tylenay, or at least in that direction, and it all came out so well, our stomachs began to rumble almost at the same time. It must be mid-day already! In the kitchen we found Khimat, who said, “you’ve…

Talking

I woke up and stretched and yawned. “Hey!” Hylti said from beside me. “I was going to do that!” Riei stirred and went “huh?” and then came awake all at once. “There are three of us in the bed!” “Yes, Hylti stayed the night, don’t you remember?” “Oh yes. So…