Raith writes to Athal

This letter travels on the same ship as Ayneth’s letter (and probably also Namak’s official announcement). Hallei Solye Raith to Alysei Athal astin Velain, king of Valdyas. Dear Athal, Well, we have an heir. My wrists are still a bit bruised from Ayneth squeezing them with all her strength when…

Ayneth writes home

Ayneth writes home This letter is sent just before the Feast of Timoine and will arrive in Valdis sometime before the Feast of Anshen. Alysei Ayneth astin Velain to Alysei Athal astin Velain, king of Valdyas, and Ravei Raisse astin Brun, queen of Valdyas. Dear brother and sister, You will…

Athal’s letter to Ayneth

He can see the problems… Alysei Athal astin Velain to his sister, Alysei Ayneth astin Velain Dear Ayneth, First of all let me congratulate you on your expectant state and your intended marriage — though the latter needs some caution. Well, a lot of caution. You write that you won’t…

Athal’s letter to Shishe Namak

This was very hard for him to write, and he didn’t know the proper legal phrases, but I’m confident that Lyan does. Alysei Athal astin Velain, king of Valdyas, to Shishe Namak, governor of the Iss-Peranian part of Aumen Síth Brother, Confident that I may call you that already, I…

A letter from Ayneth, probably unexpected

This will arrive soon after Athal returns to Valdis. Kept it in the “taking the fort” category because it’s a natural consequence of those events. Alysei Ayneth astin Velain, in Aumen Síth, to Alysei Athal astin Velain, king of Valdyas, in Valdis. Dear brother, I’m confident that letters travel faster…

The fort falls

Last installment, because we’ve left Raith and Ayneth in Solay to mind their own business while Athal goes home to his family and kingdom, in that order of importance. I’d thought the journey to the fort would take days, but it was more like weeks; making camp in the evening…

Leaving the city

A short one this time because much of what happened is, in Ayneth’s words, “all in a big pile that I’ll have to sort out when I’m not so busy.” In the morning I found Surtaunu crying, and he didn’t have words for what distressed him but took me to…

Gathering people

I hope she knows what she’s doing… Raith and Athal seem to think it’s normal. Either that, or they both know from experience that they can’t stop her when she’s that way. When we woke up we were alone in the bed again –after various people had joined us in…

Busy

She’s very happy: close to Raith and getting every opportunity to do the work she’s good at. And even if she were unhappy, my other half points out, she’d be too busy to notice and/or surrounded by too many people to give herself the chance to mope. I still don’t…

Meeting people

It’s a good thing that Ayneth is a practical and proactive person, because things are really happening now. We woke up because the baby was crying. Hungry, of course. The two boys had somehow ended up between us, and the bed was completely wet– obvious, because we were all naked,…