Orb's Year 937
He wasn't surprised when Gaius just shrugged and said he was messing around before ambling off to find Finn.
Orb's Year 938
"I don't know why he had to come," Faelyn Consul mumbled under her breath.
"You were the one that argued the case so eloquently for the medicinal mushrooms," Earnest snapped. "Would you have us discount it's benefits simply because you're too scared to go into the silly forest!"
"I'm not scared!" Faelyn snapped back, ready to skewer Earnest with her tongue.
"Come on guys, let us not argue," Haydin cut in, trying to distract his friends. For some reason his cousin Faelyn & Earnest were like oil and water, always arguing. He was constantly the peace-maker between the two opinionated friends.
"She started it!" Earnest protested.
Earnest sighed. "Alright. I don't know why, she just rubs me the wrong way. She always asks like she knows best!"
Haydin laughed. "But that's usually because she is right!"
"And that's even more annoying!" Earnest groused.
"Where you guys fighting again?" he asked impatiently. He couldn't leave them alone for even a small minute!
Earnest shrugged and lead the group away.
Interesting, Haydin thought. Usually they continued to bicker, but this time, neither one seemed anxious to continue their conversation...
Cirdon and Haydin glanced up guiltily. "I'm sorry, dear. I didn't realize the hour grew so late!"
Catherine pointed her finger at the scholars. "Everyone will be arriving. Put the books away. Now!"
Orb's Year 939
Gaius shrugged as he let go of his twin. "No harm done! We were just playing!" he grinned.
Haydin glared as he rubbed his tender scalp.
Catherine's eyes widened with alarm, "I forbid it! You're too young!" she said quickly, looking across the table for Cirdan's reaction.
Haydin rolled his eyes. "You wouldn't understand, Gaius! It's a place for quiet and introspection! I'll be able to study in peace there!"
Catherine gasped. "No! Cirdon!"
Cirdon reached his hand across the table and patted his wife's hand. "It is his calling, dear. The abbess will nurture his gift in ways we cannot."
Orb's Year 940
Catherine could hardly stand it. Her family was just able to sit together at the table to enjoy a meal together and now Haydin was going to leave! She tried valiantly not to cry when thinking that this would be his last meal with them!
Cirdon glanced across the table, "He will be back to visit," he whispered lowly for her ears only. "He's not going away forever!"
Catherine nodded, "I know! I can't help it! I'm his mother!" she attempted to whisper back.
Haydin reached over and patted his mother's hand. "I swear to visit often and write when I cannot."
Catherine nodded once more and then threw her napkin on her plate. "Excuse me," she said, hurrying away before she could embarrass her proud son with her tears.
"Are you all ready to go?" Finn asked his younger brother, impressed by his bravery in leaving home.
Haydin nodded. He was anxious to go, but he was going to miss his family!
Gaius scowled, "What's the big deal anyways?" he asked, annoyed with the attention Haydin was getting! It didn't take guts to move away to that musty castle of self-righteous Orb-lovers!
Finn rolled his eyes, seeing past Gaius' jealousy.
Finn sighed. "Gaius..." he warned.
"What kind of brother would I be if I were to let Haydin go alone?" Gaius joked. "I figured I would walk with him to the Abbey."
"Alright," Cirdon said. "But be sure to hurry home."