“Well, tomorrow we will finish the stables, just need some things from the town.” Feier’an said as he placed Feuor in his lap. “You want to follow dad to the town and buy some things, we can even get your mom a new tool. Oh and candy !”
“Yeeey” Feuor replied happily. “Can Nih’na come to ? Pleaase, pleaaaase.”
“Haha, I guess it cannot be helped. Yes of course she can. Lets all go together!” Feier’an said and grinned towards the others whom silently agreed.
“But not too much candy you two, you hear.” Limeh added.
“But moooom..” Feuor said saddened, candy was a favorite treat after all.
“Don’t worry, the moment she looks away we sneak of and ….. ooouch !” Feier’an didn’t have time to finish his sentence before he felt a pain in his arm again.
“I heard that love.” Limeh said with a firm gentle voice.
“Alright, alright I give up, I give up. Surrender!” Feier’an laughed out.
“Yes let us all travel to the nearby town tomorrow, it has been ages since we last went there together.” Naom’Chi said and smiled. Chao-Li and Nih’na joined her.
They spent the evening sitting beside the stables talking about times past and how fun they have had. The sun moved along and soon it hid itself behind the mountains and the stars took over the scenery shining down on them as they sat there. It was a nice evening, as if it had waited for them to finish so they could just relax a moment, the Mektoubs added their part with grunts and thumping sounds as they moved around getting accustomed to their new house.
“You have done well today dear, and so have you Nih’na.” Naom’Chi said as she leaned towards Chao-Li and the side of the stable. Nih’na was lying between them sleeping calmly as she breathed softly moving a little now and then.
Next to them Feier’an sat with Feuor in his lap and Limeh was leaning towards his right shoulder. Both were fond asleep and Feier’an was staring into the sky. They sat there for a moment longer until the breeze became a bit colder before they got up as gentle as they could not to awaken the sleeping children. Silently they moves away into the house, only noted by one of the Mektoubs whom had not fallen asleep yet. They whispered good night before entering the houses and heading for bed.
The morning came early, or so it felt for Chao-Li and Feier’an but it was most likely due to them working so hard the previous day. Excited about going to the town with the family Feuor came almost running out into the kitchen ready to have breakfast. He was greeted by Feier’an and Limeh whom had just sat down to start eating. It seemed as everyone was excited this morning as the breakfast didn’t take as long to eat as it usually did Feuor complaining about having to eat vegetables. Feier’an looked at his son eating and he smiled on the inside. Strangely enough everyone helped out cleaning the dishes and finishing the kitchen before they went outside.
As they got outside they were met by Naom’Chi and Nih’na, Chao-Li were already at the stables preparing a packer to carry some of their crafted goods they had done the day before.
“This will certainly be enough to cover the expenses today don’t you think Feier’an?” He asked as Feier’an came to the stables.
“Oh, I see that there are some fine things there, they will surely cover it all. Perhaps we can even afford a nice dinner while we are at it.” He replied with a smile. Could thing be better then this?
Since the town was not far away, a bit ironic that they lived so close still rarely spend time there, it didn’t take too long to wander there. But they did not haste as the packer was carrying a heavy burden for them. Soon enough the stables and gates of the town appeared in front of them as both Feuor and Nih’na ran off to them in advance despite their parents warnings about them getting lost. They stopped at the guards by the gate and looked at them. Feuor was amazed how well trained the guards was, and the swords they held shined so nice in the sunlight. He decided that when he grew up he wanted to be a swordsman and a user of daggers. This was his destiny.
Nih’na looked at the guards as she stood beside Feuor, she found them to be impressive, then again almost every adult is impressive when you are a child. Still she found them to be too rough for her liking. She, with her short slim body, was not cut out for the use of swords or pikes. She could probably handle them, but she was not certain if it was to the degree that it would be more useful then to scare off straying animals around their houses. Then she thought about that day.
She and Feuor had sneaked behind the house as she had wanted to show him something. She had been practicing since she had found out how to do. As they stood there she held out her palm and asked Feuor to look at it closely. They sat down on their knees and she closed her eyes and concentrated on a chant she had read in one of her mothers books. As she chanted something started to whirl in her palm, as if it held a small tornado it circulated and started to drag small blue sparkles out from thin air into the center forming a small globe. She shut her eyes harder and focused more, she wanted to really show Feuor. As she opened her eyes she saw a ball rotate in her hand, it was the largest one she had managed to summon yet and it even lit up the face of Feuor as she stared at it in amazement.
“What is it ?” He asked as he leaned forward.
He came to close and suddenly the ball made a swift movement and hit him on his nose. He fell backward while shouting “Aaahh”.
Nih’na got scared that she had harmed him, she didn’t really know what sort of chant it had been. She hadn’t looked that closely in the book after reading it. She stood up and and ran a few steps to Feuor who was still lying on his back. When she saw his face again she saw that he was smiling.
“Aahh, that felt really good Nih’na, what was it ?” He asked her as he opened his eyes and looked at her.
“I don’t really know. I read it about seven days ago, I didn’t read it till the…. Feuor, your scratch in your face, the one you got when hitting the door..” She said abruptly.
“Yes, that is it with it ?” He asked as he touched his cheek, it felt strange.
“Its… gone..” Nih’na said as she stared at his face. The spell had been a healing spell.
“Nih’na, Nih’na!! Let’s buy some candy before our moms comes.” Feuor said and dragged Nih’na away to the merchant nearby.
She knew what she wanted to be now, a user of the elemental arts. Both caster and healer, this was her fate.
Before they had a chance to stop them Nih’na and Feuor met their parents at the stables as they let the packer enter to rest. Both holding a big bag of flavored Shooki Seeds. They were both chewing happily.
“Haha, that sure is our kids isn’t that right Chao-Li!” Feier’an said when he saw them coming.
“It sure is” Chao-Li said and smiled.