Visiting the Ishey

Ashti didn’t have to go to the school any more until the Feast of Mizran. The children who’d still had things to catch up with were all finished. Master Fian did pay her, though! Even without any work to do. Otherwise it wouldn’t be fair, he said. That meant she…

Learning to fight

I wish I remembered who offered Mernath as an example of what happens when someone who is intrinsically absolutely good gets in with the wrong side. It sounds like Airath. The next morning my jaw felt like nothing had ever happened to it. When I got to the workshop it…

Knocked down

Ashti took me home from the temple of Dayati. Well, not at once, because we were talking about what Doctor Airath had said about Arni, and Ashti thought it would be a good thing to ask Doctor Cora for the money. After all she was the owner of the brothel!…

Our own house

Fudged the smelting and cooling a bit because of course molten steel takes hours to cool down enough to forge. Research is a wonderful thing but it does mess up a good story. We had been living and working in Turenay for a couple of days, and suddenly Vurian wasn’t…

To Turenay

Sometimes we say “all our campaigns end up either at court or in Turenay”. This time it’s both. After the Feast of Anshen it was back to work. I was still plodding through the pile, Mialle was making beautiful things, and Vurian followed the hospital doctors around. The epidemic was…

Midsummer

We were talking so late after our Three Kings dinner that Mialle and Vurian stayed the night and slept on spare straw mattresses on the floor. We’d have to get out of the bedstead really carefully so as not to step on them! In the morning Ashti had to climb…

Working and fighting

Ashti got work at a school somewhere between Master Sidhan’s house and the Order house, because the usual teacher was at home with a tiny baby. There was a teacher’s room over the school but the teacher didn’t live there (she had her own house with her husband, and now…

Vigil

What I don’t know where to fit in: Mialle asking if we could speak to someone who was in the Guild of Archan first and changed to the Guild of Anshen (Seran said the king’s best friend was one but he was away to the war and we might be…

To the city

When I woke up I thought I was still dreaming because I was lying in a softer bed than I’d ever had and I had Ashti in my arms! But she woke up too and made me know it wasn’t a dream. Then of course were were sticky and hungry…

Along the river

There we were on the other side of the river. I’d sort of counted on Ashti knowing where to go but she’d never been here, not even in Relsinay, her mother had handled that! And we didn’t want to go through Relsinay anyway, we wanted to go around it. But…