Orb's Year 925
Keith held on tight to Fanny. "Just five more minutes... Fancy won't even notice you're not there!"
Fancy wasn't sure what had woken her up. A sound. Intuition. All she knew was that when she went down to see what had woken her, she'd seen someone rifling through their kitchen.
Gasping, she let out a strangled call for help. Turning, the female thief threw a basket of bread at her and then ran from the house.
Fancy hadn't been sure her voice had alerted anyone, but a night watchman had come running through the door shortly after the thief had fled. After a quick search, he came back to ask Fancy questions.
She somehow managed to tell Sebastian Waite about her encounter through hitching hiccups and half sobs. She'd been so scared!
"Are your parents at home?" Sebastian asked kindly, attempting to soothe her fears.
But, it made her cry all the harder. "No! It's just me and my sister! Our mother left us and I've been trying to hold us together!" she sobbed. "And I'm not doing a very good job!"
Sebastian awkwardly patted Fancy on the back. "Come on now, it will look better in the morning. Why not go wake your sister and talk it over with her. You'll see. You'll feel better tomorrow."
Fancy struggled to take a deep breath and nodded. "Yes, thank you. I will. Thank you."
After telling her he'd increase patrols in the area for awhile, Sebastian was on his way.
He did have a point though. She would go crawl in bed with Fanny so she didn't feel quite so alone.
Orb's Year 926
"It's not just that, Fanny. You haven't been helping bake like you used to. You're spending all your time with him!"
"Well, you could try and practice! That's how I got good at it!"
"Fine!" Fanny huffed. "I'll tell Keith he can't come over today. Does that make you happy?"
Yelping when the fire flared up her dress, she called to Fancy to help.
Fancy wrung her hands and screamed, "Take your dress off!" She felt powerless to save her sister.
Fancy was stunned and slow to react until Sebastian yelled once more. Hurrying into action, she grabbed a pot behind her and filled it with water and threw it on her sister as well.
Fanny nodded tearfully. "Fancy," she whispered. "I have something to tell you."
"What is it? Are you okay?" Fancy asked, looking over her sister for burns.
"I don't like to bake!" Fanny said miserably. "And I want Keith!"
Giving another quick hug, Fanny hurried over to Keith's house to be consoled.
Sebastian smiled ruefully. "I've increased the patrols in this area to try to uncover the thieves ring. I just happened to be going by and heard you screaming."
Fancy closed her eyes. Sebastian must think she was an utter ninny! "Thank you for that," she said, "Things aren't normally so out of control here"!
Sebastian clapped her on the arm, "Do not worry. That's what I'm here for. Never be afraid to call for help!"
Soon it was time to call Baji over to haggle over prices. She'd been sorely disappointed when Baji had told her that he could not afford to give such a generous price anymore. Now that she was older, she understood that Baji had attempted to step in after her mother had abandoned them. He still gave her a price that was more than fair and she assured him she was still glad to do business with him.
Walking cautiously to the door, she finally recognized the face...
"Sebastian!" she said happily, hurrying to fling the door open. "Whatever brings you this way?"
The night watchman smiled. "It has been some time. I was wondering how you were doing. Any crisis this week?"
Fancy laughed. "Only if you consider the price of wheat going up a crisis!"
"I will go arrest the bags of wheat this instant!" he joked.
Fancy smiled as she bantered with the handsome watchman a few more moments. It felt nice to have someone looking out for her for a change...
Orb's Year 927
Keith laughed as he looped an arm around Fanny. "Would you like me to make a plate of omelets? I'm told I serve the best eggs this side of Celestia!"
Fanny giggled, "Yes, please! I can't wait for her to try your eggs! They're so delicious," she told Fancy.
"Keith!" she whined. "You said you'd play with me!"
"You are!" Fancy assured her sister. "You clean, which makes it much easier for to focus on my baking!"
Fanny scowled, "It's actually Keith that cleans."
Fancy grinned, "Well, then you help by enticing Keith to stay at our house enough to clean! That's a noble contribution."
At the mention of Keith, Fanny stopped frowning and smiled wistfully. "I can't wait until he returns tonight! He promised we would be hand-fasted tonight!"
Orb's Year 928
"Have you any dragons to slay tonight, mi'lady?" Sebastian teased.
Fancy blushed prettily. "It is a beautiful night! I haven't sat out and gazed as the stars since I was a little girl!"
Searching for something to say, he asked, "Did you see the Celestial Star?"
Fancy glanced at him. "You're kidding right? There's no Celestial Star!"
Sebastian eagerly nodded. "There is! It always to the North! It shines brighter than all the other stars!"
"Where?" Fancy asked, looking up.
Sebastian stepped up behind her and squinted up at the sky, pointing over her shoulder to the bright Celestial Star. "There!" he said.
Fancy found herself having difficulty concentrating with Sebastian so close to her. Reaching up to tuck a stray hair behind her ear, she nervously laughed. "Oh, there it is! How wonderful! I shall have to wish upon the Celestial Star more often!"
Sebastian hovered behind her a moment, wishing that he was bold enough to take her in his arms. "Perhaps if you wish on the Celestial Star, your wish will come true...."
Fancy looked up and wished hard to have her first kiss under this very night sky...
Suddenly, a strong wave of sadness came over her. Her sister was married and with child. She wouldn't stay here forever. Soon they were likely to leave her alone to start their own family!
Closing her eyes tightly, she wished to see Sebastian again...