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…

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…

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…

Why we didn’t go dancing

We delivered Arin to his work — it was already the third day, we were getting used to it! — and went on to the school and the temple. Nobody looked strange at Riei kissing me and taking my sword any more, either. We worked the whole morning, and then…

An uncomfortable meal

Several people said that Leva should have stayed in Turenay and gone to school there, but I don’t remember who and in which context! The page, perhaps, and at least one of the guildmasters at the high table. A page — a girl a bit older than us, in the…

To the baron’s castle

  Riei was up first the next morning, and had used the chamberpot before I could, and now it was so full that I had to go downstairs with it very carefully. It didn’t help that the kittens were following me around whenever they saw me now, and they wanted…

First working day

We were so busy with Venla’s loom that we completely forgot to eat. Or to rest. Or even to drink water. When we were at a point that we could stop it was already getting dark, and we probably wouldn’t have stopped even then if I hadn’t felt Riei poking…

Everything starts!

When the doctor and the captain had gone to the Order House where they were going to spend their first night in Veray, we had an early dinner with Alyse and the rest of the family. Then we went into the garden to see if there was some work to…

Unexpected guests

There was some more talking and dancing, and it got very late, and we were so tired that we started talking about going home. A man in his twenties I’d been talking to — Faran, who told me he was the representative of the weavers’ guild on the school board,…