"Alana, I wanted you to know that I'll be headed off to the neighboring county to collect some new wares Grocer has arranged for me to see. Will you be okay here with the kids alone?"
"Of course," Alana said, a flicker of hope beginning. Perhaps she would be able to see her pirate again!
"If you need anything, Aidan Taveryn has said that he would be available to help."
"I won't need anything," Alana assured quickly.
Amar hesitated, "Are you sure you're okay, Alana?"
"Of course," she said, "When are you leaving?"
"Where's your mother?" he asked in surprise.
Baji shrugged, "She's sleeping. She said she was tired."
"And we're hungry!" Barika added. "She didn't fix us dinner!"
Amar ruffled his children's head and tried to hide his worry, "Well, then. Let's see about fixing that!"
Orb's Year 906
Alana pushed her food around her plate, not really focusing on the children or Amar. She couldn't even really say what they'd been talking about.
"Alana?" Amar asked.
Alana's head jerked up and she saw everyone looking at her. She smiled wanly. "I guess I'm just tired. I believe I'll retire for the night."
Barika sighed. "Oh, Caira. How did you get out of your crib? We never should have taught you to walk!"
Baji chuckled. "You put Houdini to bed and I"ll clean up the bathroom."
Orb's Year 907
He knew that in time they would hone their craft and make their mercantile store even more successful.
Amar Marchant, Celestial Orb Years' 864-907
Orb's Year 908
It was hard to keep up with everything, but together brother and sister managed to do it!
Their mother was no help at all. She only came out of her room while they were away, it seemed. She seemed to think that they weren't aware that her torrid affair with the nobleman had ended badly and that she'd taken to bed with a great sadness.
"Good, I'm starving!"
"Me hungry," Caira chirped.
"Are you, little one? Well, I believe I can fix that quickly!" Baji got Caira a bottle and sat down and stretched his shoulders. His glance fell to his schoolwork sitting by the table.
It seemed as though it would be a late night again...