Friday, December 30, 2011











Alise was scrambling to get herself ready and the children for Rowans Yule service in the Clearing. Her thoughts turn to the past few days as she pulls on boots, adds earrings and pulls her hair back, leaving it loose but getting it out of her face.

The food was ready for the party, the family planning on coming back to Stoney and Alises. Pandora and Star had helped with the baking. Ike had helped Alise shop and get a room re-done upstairs for Chiara and Ryan, who would meet them in the clearing. Tomas was bouncing off the walls until Stoney had awakened and pulled the little boy into the shower with him and helped him dress. Star had mentioned that she thought Chiara would be a good teacher for the children. She had already taught them some of Ryans sign language.

Maybe that would be a good idea. Star seems to have a good sense of people. We should ask Inari what she thinks... She just seems to know people....

Stoney sends, We can ask her mon amour...but dont get Tomas' hopes up. He would be crushed if the plans fell through or if she just didnt feel she could do it....

Pandora wants to ask about her weaving, I wonder what she makes....


Stoney smiles, knowing Alise is fascinated with anything to do with fabrics and sewing, I dont know Chaton...we should get going...the family will be waiting....

Approaching the clearing on foot, Alise pauses and takes in the sight of her extended family. Ob holds the newest member and Chloe stands close to her brother and father. Raina leans close to Nick, Ky and Gareth speaking softly. Star holds Ru showing him the frost covered branches on the trees, glowing softly in the moonlight. Tannr keeps Tori close, an arm around her shoulders. She smiles as Laila joins Ramji, who is speaking with Gunnaar and Dimitri, a small-boned blue haired woman standing next to him looking around at those gathered.

Tara had paused with her mother, knowing intuitively what she was looking at and thinking. Family was very important to all of them but maybe most of all to Alise, who had been alone for such a long time. Tara tips her face up, taking her mothers hand, dark hair moving back away from her violet eyes.

I love you maman....

Alise smiles, And I you, ma fille pr├ęcieuse …

The tender moment is interrupted by a loud Da! And Mera racing for her father, blue black hair and sea blue cape streaming behind her. Then Tomas laughing and taking off behind her, making a beeline for Ryan, who was sliding off his mothers horse.

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