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Post by Nara-pyon on Sat Jan 23, 2016 3:20 pm

Where: Keliac/Elysium Border, South of the mountain range
When: 119 of the Fourth Age
 
Takari’s hands were shaking as she approached Tehlmar’s house. It was the first time since moving back into their own home that she would be facing Tasar and Elora alone, and especially considering what she was planning to do, she was nervous.
 
She took the steps to the door slowly, then raised her hand to knock. Before she could, however, the door opened.
 
“Good morning, Takari,” Tasar greeted her with a cheerful smile. “How can I help you?”
 
Takari hesitated as she looked up at her father-in-law. He didn’t know it yet, of course, and she wondered how he would react when he found out that he was going to be a grandfather.
 
“Takari, helloo-oo.” He waved his hand in front of her face to get her attention.
 
She blushed. “I’m sorry, Tasar. Lost in thought. Is Tehlmar at home? I must speak with him.”
 
Tasar grinned and stepped aside for her. “Sitting room, measuring for a shelf.”
 
“Thank you.” Takari smiled at him and stepped inside. She knew the house well – especially since she and her mother had lived there for a time while their house had been rebuilt – so she made her way past the kitchen and dining room to the sitting room. As Tasar had promised, Tehlmar was measuring an area of the wall with a piece of paper next to him.
 
“Nearly got it, Dad,” he said without looking over his shoulder when he felt a presence behind him. He turned around and blinked in surprise when he saw Takari. “Oh.” He grinned widely. “Hi.”
 
Takari returned the smile, but it was a shaky, nervous smile. She took a deep breath to calm herself before speaking. “They agreed,” she murmured, stepping closer so that his parents couldn’t overhear them. “They will deliver the letter to Father today and we should know by tonight whether Father is going to return or not. We are already packing my things so that we can leave first thing in the morning if Father does choose to return.”
 
Tehlmar stared at her. “And if he doesn’t?” he asked quietly.
 
She shrugged one shoulder and smiled. “Then whenever we’re ready, only Mother will be coming with us.”
 
A slow smile spread over Tehlmar’s face. “Then it’s time to talk to Mom and Dad,” he grinned. He hugged her tightly. “It’s about time. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time.”
 
“Well,” Takari laughed softly, her anxieties slipping away as she returned the embrace, “Mother bade me assure you that if you are no longer welcome here once we tell them, you are more than welcome to come and stay with us.” She kissed him lightly. “You are my husband, after all.”
 
“And on that note …” Tehlmar grinned and reached into his pocket. He pulled out the same gold ring he had first proposed to her with, and this time he didn’t hesitate to slip it on her finger. “Now there is no reason to hide this.”
 
He took her hand, raised it to his lips, and kissed it lightly. His eyes sparkling brightly, he gave her hand a squeeze. “Let’s go.”
 
Takari smiled back at him and walked beside him as he led the way back through the dining room and into the kitchen. Tasar and Elora were both working on lunch together, and they both turned to look when Tehlmar and Takari entered the room.
 
“Mom, Dad,” Tehlmar said softly, smiling widely, “we have something to tell you.”
 
Tasar grinned widely, but Elora’s face turned a bright shade of red, and immediately, she threw down what she had in her hands and pointed a finger at the two. “No,” she said angrily. “I forbid it! Takari, you take that ring off right now and don’t you—”
 
“It’s too late to forbid anything, Mom,” Tehlmar interrupted her, smiling bemusedly as he put one arm protectively around Takari’s shoulders and held her close. “Just because we’re telling you now doesn’t mean we’re asking your permission. We’ve been married for almost a year. Since I got back from army training. We’re telling you now because we’re finally leaving.”
 
Elora’s face went past red and started towards white.
 
“Hold on,” Tasar murmured, putting both hands on his wife’s shoulders and pulling her towards him. He tried to calm her, though his words were directed at his son. “Almost a year … and why now? Without any warning?”
 
Tehlmar’s smile widened and he looked tenderly at Takari. “Because we’re going to be parents,” he beamed.
 
Takari smiled back at him and pressed herself into his side.
 
“But in addition to that,” Tehlmar went on, looking back at his parents, “those travelers who helped Makaela yesterday have offered to take us with them. They will give us safe passage to a country where people like us, and like our child, are accepted. A whole country where people don’t care whether married couples are of the same or different races, or whether a person has the blood of only one race or more than one in them.”
 
“How dare you,” Elora hissed furiously though clenched teeth. It was difficult to tell whether she was angrier with Takari or her son. “All this time you’ve been here, lying to us-”
 
“Not lying, just avoiding certain details,” Tehlmar interrupted her again. “And how could we tell you? Look at how you’re reacting now. I just know that the next thing you’re going to tell us to do is get out-”
 
“Tehlmar,” his father tried to interrupt him; but Tehlmar went on as if he hadn’t spoken.
 
“-and until we had someone to help us find somewhere to go, or even get there, we really couldn’t have left. Not to mention, Takari didn’t want to leave Makaela while she was paralyzed. Now that both of those problems have been solved, we’ll be getting out of your way.”
 
Leaving his parents blustering behind them, he took Takari gently by the shoulders and turned her towards his bedroom so that he could pack his essentials.
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Post by Nara-pyon on Sun Jan 31, 2016 1:18 am

Where: The Tent, western Keliac, Arkandia
When: 119 of the Fourth Age
 
Despite the White Elven woman’s offer to take them to the storage room to get blankets and other things they would need, Tehlmar and Takari first went to their new room to set up what they had with them so that they would have a better idea of what it was they would need from the storage room. Daenis went with them of course, since they had no idea where it was.
 
Neither of them had ever seen sliding doors, so they were intrigued before even going into the room. When they stepped in, they were awed. A fair-sized main room with two connecting rooms met their eyes. The wooden slat floors were nothing new to them, but the plain paper walls caught their interest.
 
“I do not know if any of you are artistic in any way,” Daenis smiled at them, standing to one side so that they could look around, “but feel free to decorate the walls in any way you choose. If you would like some decoration but do not wish to do it yourselves, Cael is very artistic. He painted most of the walls in the halls and some of the other rooms.”
 
“Thanks.” Tehlmar smiled back at her. “Pretty incredible … and you say that this room didn’t even exist before we got here?”
 
Daenis’ pale eyes sparkled. “Miyuki created it, just as she created most of this tent. I was as astounded as you when I first saw this, but believe it or not, after a time, it all becomes … an everyday thing. If you are interested, Lancaeriel is more than willing to teach others about magic.”
 
“I think first we should get ourselves settled,” Tehlmar chuckled. “But thanks.”
 
Takari was already checking out the other two rooms. “I suppose one is meant to be for us,” she commented, coming back into the main room, “but what about the other?”
 
“My guess?” Daenis smiled. “The baby. We like to prepare well ahead of time. I am only perhaps halfway through my pregnancy, but already Mailon and I have a cradle and blankets for our child.” She tipped her head to one side and looked at them thoughtfully. “Of course, Mailon made the cradle himself out of ice …”
 
Takari looked questioningly at Tehlmar, who looked back at her.
 
“Oh, don’t worry,” Daenis assured them with a laugh. “Daeron will make you a proper wooden cradle. And bed, and anything else you might wish to have in here.”
 
Takari was beginning to look somewhat overwhelmed, and Tehlmar strode over to her and took her hands in his own. Looking to Daenis, he asked, “Why are you all doing all of this for us? We can never repay you.”
 
Daenis laughed aloud. “Do not even think about it,” she giggled, her eyes gleaming. “I was once in a similar situation as you. My father wished to marry me off to a violent and uncaring man. The group stumbled across me one day, learned of my situation, and rescued me. Mailon was discovered, half dead after being attacked by a dragon. Eron and Silverbirch fell into this world from theirs and are being escorted home. Jassin and Lashrael are escaping their country, fleeing as deserters from their army so that they can be together. Mirania and Lamruil are going to visit Mirania’s brother, whom she has not seen in five hundred years.”
 
She shrugged, still grinning. “I could go on. They will do anything they can for you, and never ask anything in return – or accept anything. Their reward is your happiness. If you do not ask for things you need, they will feel insulted. So let them take care of you.”
 
“How many of them are part of their original group?” Tehlmar asked incredulously.
 
“To be honest,” Daenis admitted, “I have no idea. The ones who are related, at least. Eärendil and Lin and their children, Miyuki and Andarien … Daeron and Iorlas … Daeron and Eärendil are brothers. Wren, I believe, is their cousin … Shiro and Kaito are related somehow, but I’m not entirely sure how that works …”
 
She paused, thinking. “I’m … not sure if there was anyone else with the original group … perhaps one more but … I can’t remember who …”
 
“It’s still impressive,” Takari pointed out. “That is less than half the people I counted in the other room.”
 
“Well, it has been an interesting journey, even since I joined,” Daenis giggled. “And I am sure that it will be a wonderful time for all of you as well. Trust me, you could not be with better people.”
 
She looked from one to the other and then back again, smiling. “But on that note, I shall leave you now to set things up as you wish. If you need me, I shall be in my room for the next while … down the hall, it is the second last door on the right as you return to the foyer. It’s rather warm out here for me.”
 
Once she was gone, Takari looked up at Tehlmar.
 
“And now we get to work on our first home together,” she murmured excitedly.
 
Tehlmar chuckled and kissed her softly. “Then let’s get started.”
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Post by Nara-pyon on Sun Feb 21, 2016 1:09 am

Where: The Tent, Eastern Keliac, Arkandia
When: 119 of the Fourth Age
 
Takari and Tehlmar were still working on getting their room set up, and they were well aware that Makaela’s was not in shape yet either. Despite that, she was visiting her daughter and son-in-law, and all three of them were working on the room.
 
“Who are we going to meet tomorrow, anyways, Mother?” Takari asked curiously as she refolded some clothes. “You never did tell us, only that it’s some friends from when you were here before.”
 
Makaela smiled. She was sorting clothes into different piles – by season, by owner, and so on. “Your grandparents, actually,” she replied. “I grew up in Saldalien.”
 
Takari’s eyes grew bright. “Really?”
 
“Don’t get too excited,” her mother cautioned her with a chuckle. “I haven’t been back there in fifty years, not since I married your father. My parents may have moved or passed on, there’s no telling.”
 
“Still!” Takari was excited now. “I’m finally going to see where you grew up! I’m sure the town can’t have changed all that much in fifty years, you’ll be able to show us around, and tell us stories-”
 
“And I’m sure others will have stories to tell us about you, Makaela, when you were young,” Tehlmar added with a grin.
 
Makaela actually blushed. “Oh, dear,” she murmured, “I hadn’t thought of that.”
 
Tehlmar chuckled softly, but Takari laughed aloud. “Well, Mother, it’s quite fair,” she pointed out cheerfully. “After all, you know everything that’s happened to Tehlmar and me. It’s about time we learned more about you.”
 
“Though to be honest,” Tehlmar admitted, “I can’t imagine you much different from how I’ve always known you. Very quiet, proper. Everything a lady is supposed to be.”
 
“Thank you, Tehlmar,” Makaela smiled, her eyes sparkling brightly with amusement, “but believe it or not, for that very reason, there will be many who will find it difficult to believe that I am the same person who grew up there, I’m certain.”
 
Looking at Takari, she added, laughing, “And for the same reason, there will be those who find it difficult to recognize you as my daughter. You are in many ways very much as I am now … a proper lady, as Tehlmar put it. Not at all like the rambunctious child that I was.”
 
“Hardly a child anymore, Mother,” Takari blushed.
 
“Yet barely a grown woman,” her mother smiled at her. “At least in my eyes. But then, to me, you shall always be my child.”
 
“I would imagine your parents might think of you the same way,” Tehlmar spoke up again. “Do you think they might ask you to stay?”
 
“Oh, I would be very much surprised if they did not,” Makaela agreed.
 
Takari looked at her mother anxiously. “And … do you think you might?” she asked hesitantly.
 
Makaela shook her head. “No. My place is with you. If you cannot stay, then neither can I. And as much as I know that you and I would be very welcome …” She paused.
 
“I wouldn’t be,” Tehlmar supplied with a grin. “Don’t worry. We already knew that.”
 
“Which of your parents are you most like, Mother?” Takari asked curiously. She finished her folding and sat on the edge of the makeshift bed she and Tehlmar were sharing until Daeron could make a proper bed for them.
 
Makaela had to think about that. “My mother, I suppose,” she mused. “She was always a proper lady. Very practical, too. Father was also very practical, and very hard-working, but sometimes … sometimes it was hard to know what he was thinking. He was very quiet. A man of few words. But when he did speak, then I knew – everyone knew – that they had to listen, because it would be important.”
 
“Were you an only child, Makaela?” Tehlmar asked.
 
At that question, Makaela shook her head. “No, I had a brother. About ten years older than I was.”
 
“Had?” Takari frowned.
 
Her mother nodded sadly. “He died in an accident. Fell under the wheels of a passing wagon, I believe … it was before I was old enough to really remember, and no one ever spoke of it after the funeral.”
 
Takari moved to her mother’s side and put her arms around her. “I’m sorry, Mother,” she murmured.
 
Makaela smiled and kissed her daughter’s forehead. “It was a long time ago,” she murmured back. “It was sad, but it doesn’t bother me anymore. Perhaps it would if I had known him better, but I was barely four years old when he died. Memories of him are like memories of losing my first teeth. An event that I know took place but have no further thoughts of it.”
 
She smiled wider, her eyes brightening again. “Regardless, your grandparents will be delighted to meet you both, if they are still there.”
 
“I’m looking forward to it,” Tehlmar grinned.
 
“We both are,” Takari said brightly, cheerful once more.
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