Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Chapter Ninety Three

Following her birthday party, Elenie spent the night in the fairy castle out in the garden.  
The whole family took a while to get up after the late night, but when they were all finally ready, Miralys treated Elenie and Coryn to a restaurant meal in celebration of Elenie's coming of age.  

While they were there, Elenie met her great-uncle's wife, Evenfall and spent some time talking to her and getting to know her. 
Amongst other things, Evie told Elenie how to use more of her faerie powers, and demonstrated a few new tricks to her.  She also seconded Talfryn's invitation to visit them at any time.   
Elenie would have liked to have spent more time getting to know Evie, but Mira interrupted her, insisting that she get photographs from a booth to commemorate the day; she'd already dragged Coryn into the booth and was determined to have pictures of both her grandchildren. 

Once they got home, Mira went about doing the household chores while Coryn worked on his homework and Elenie checked on her drake egg and talked to it. 
During the night, Elenie was woken up by a sharp 'crack'... 
Getting out of bed and rubbing the sleep from her eyes, she saw a small green drake standing where the egg had been when she went to bed. 
As soon as she went over to look at the drake, it flew up to land on her arm. 
Once she was up and dressed, Elenie remembered that Talfryn had asked her to come and visit him once the egg hatched and he would tell her more about drakes and about the specific one she'd hatched.
She was in luck when she got to the house, as Talfryn was at home, he invited her in and greeted both her and the drake on her shoulder.  
"She says her name is Rhosyn" he told Elenie, "she's an earth drake which means she's very in tune with the earth, if you're good to her and she stays with you she'll be able to help you with tending a garden and if you're very lucky she might magic up some gems for you as well"
As they chatted, Talfryn told her more about the drakes and what powers Rhosyn had, as well as the other types of drake.   
After talking for a while, he asked Elenie what she wanted to do with her life and she told him about the alchemy books she'd been studying and how fascinating she found the concepts involved.  
He listened to her for a while and then suggested that it might be beneficial for her to spend some time at a university, the study of science would feed well into the older field of alchemy and Evie had been telling him about a university out in the mortal realm with a large collection of books on the histories and legends of the fae - there was a chance that Elenie would be able to find some information about her step-father and maybe get some leads on where he might have taken her mother.Back at home, Misty's time on this world had come to an end; she was an old cat by now and she had been missing Merlin badly since he had passed away some time previously.
When the Grim Reaper came to the stable loft where she'd been playing she had not hesitation about allowing him to pick her up and cuddle her and when he opened the portal to the next life, she leapt straight through.  

Elenie didn't have long to grieve though, she'd spoken to Mira about Talfryn's suggestion and Mira had given her blessing; she'd also called Ieaun and he had jumped at the chance to go with her so now she just had to finalise a few details and then it would be time to go.
It was a grey, rainy autumn day when Ieaun arrived at their house ready for the two of them to leave for university and Elenie had to juggle her suitcase and umbrella in a desperate attempt to keep dry and she flew off. 

It was however a gloriously sunny spring morning when they arrived at the university and discovered that they were going to be spending their first year staying in an old castle which had been converted into halls of residence! 

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Chapter Ninety Two

After getting settled in, Miralys had enrolled both Elenie and Coryn in the schooling system on the island.  With the summer having started already and the weather much warmer as a result, both Elenie and Coryn picked out lighter outfits for their first day.

The two of them were not entirely certain whether to be excited or nervous about their new school; Elenie had never been to school at all before and Coryn was certain that a fae school would be far different from those in the "mortal realm".  Elenie tried to settle their nerves (or at least distract herself) on their first morning by cooking the two of them breakfast.

Many of the lessons were held at the library, where one room had been set up as a schoolroom.  There were never many kids or teenagers on the island so there was little need for a separate school and holding lesson at the library meant there was always plenty of books around for research and study.

Not all the lessons were held at the library however, there were regular field trips to various locations around the library; the fae believed that learning should be as much practical as out of books. 
While her grandchildren were at school Mira got started turning their new house into a home and dealing with various chores.  When the house had been magically transformed a number of the old outbuildings had turned into a large greenhouse full of individual planters which Mira made full use of.
She also spent plenty of time looking after Taliesen and the cats, grooming them, playing with them and even painting portraits of them.
She also made certain that there was always food on the table when Elenie and Coryn got home from school.  She had bought plenty of fresh ingredients from the market to prepare meals but looked forward to her new garden producing enough to supplement their diet.
Amongst the more normal lessons at the school, all students with extra abilities were given extra tuition in the use of those abilities and Elenie had found her magic improving considerably as a result.  During one lesson she had discovered how to speed up the growth of plants and spend some time at home practising on their new garden; albeit with variable success!
She also spent a fair amount of her spare time reading about alchemy and how it could be used in the production of magical potions.  She was certain that the house had provided her with a tome full of recipes and the set up for mixing potions for a reason and was thrilled the first time she was able to produce a simple potion for herself. 
Unfortunately, the island was not immune from the passing of time and Merlin had already been an old cat when they had moved there.  He was out exploring one day when Death arrived to collect him and it wasn't until he didn't come home that night that anyone in the family realised what had happened.
Although Merlin's death left a hole in the family, life continued quietly for the most part.  The island celebrated midsummer's with a festival on the beach and they all went along.
After Elenie had experienced the delights of having her face painted for the first time, Miralys insisted on them having a family picture taken together in celebration.
Afterwards, she decided to try her hand at roller-skating on the rink, while the teens went off to find their friends from school.
After some general chat with their friends, Elenie and Coryn challenged a couple of them to a water balloon fight, which had the advantage, as well as being great fun, of cooling them down on the hot day. 
Elenie also spent a lot of time with Ieaun, the two of them would often do their homework together after school had finished and then go out together around the island once they were done.
One evening, they had been enjoying themselves at one of the island's pubs; although they were too young to drink, the pub served plenty of soft drinks and had a room dedicated to various games. 
Despite not having had any chance to learn before, Elenie proved to be a natural and Ieaun joked that it must have something to do with her fae blood when she beat him. 
The two of them were getting ready to leave when a stranger approached Elenie; "Good evening, Elenie, it's good to see you in the flesh at last" 

Elenie was startled, she didn't recognise this man but he had greeted her as if he knew her... She responded somewhat uncertainly "How do you know my name?  Who are you?"

"My name is Talfryn, I believe Lord Amaethon may have mentioned me to you when you first moved here?"

"Talfryn?  You're the dragon he mentioned?  He said you were related to me somehow..."

"Indeed I am, let's see, I would be your great-uncle.  I'm guessing you don't know much about your father's family, since he died when you were so young...  I wasn't around for any of it to be honest, but Evie, my wife, has caught me up on most of it.

"You already know that I'm a dragon, albeit I'm in human form at the moment; a number of years ago, my father Aymeri formed a relationship with a woman in the mortal realm.  She wasn't entirely human from what Evie has told me, but she was mortal; the two of them had a number of children before she died and one of them was your grandmother Ryanne..."
When Talfryn finished telling Elenie about her family history, she was quiet for a while, before getting up the nerve to ask about the one thing he had only alluded to in his story; "You said that you weren't around?  Would it be rude of me to ask why?  You've told me a lot about my grandmother and her family, but very little about yourself."

"Rude?  Not really, it would be rude to continue to ask if I refused to tell you, but I rather anticipated the enquiry to be honest.

"I was born many many centuries ago, but I was full of passion and fire, as are most of my kind.  I challenged a mortal who had attacked my friend, but I did not realise that he possessed magic and was unprepared; he and his men slew me.  It was only recently that Evie found a way to bring me back when she came to live on this island; the fae here possess an ancient magical cauldron which can bring the dead back and Evie was able to gather enough of my remains, even after all this time, to revive me.  It was a risk for her, the cauldron rarely revives those placed in it fully, but she is a powerful and ancient faerie and she was able to feed her own power into it."
"However, that is done and past, I came here to give you something besides your family history.  We dragons have a cousin race, drakes, although they are not as large, as powerful or as intelligent as we are; indeed they are little more than magical animals, not even as intelligent as the unicorn who has befriended your family.  The drakes do however sometimes bond with sims, especially when those sims are magical in nature themselves.  I've brought you a drake egg, take care of it and when the drake hatches it may choose to bond with you.  There are four different types of drakes, earth drakes, fire drakes, royal drakes and the very rare spirit drakes, but you can never tell which type will hatch from any egg; if this one chooses to bond with you bring it to visit me and I will tell you more but be certain to take good care of it."
Not long after meeting Talfryn, Elenie had her birthday.  Mira threw a big party for her, inviting her and Coryn's classmates, including Ieaun (who had had his birthday a couple of days previously) and also Talfryn and his wife Evie.
The first order of the party was for Elenie to blow out the candles on her cake and age up which she did, eager to become a young adult.
There was plenty of cake to go around and everyone gathered about the dining room table to eat and chat, unfortunately Talfryn and Evie had to leave early as she went into labour at the very point the cake was being cut and distributed.
Once the cake had all been eaten, Elenie invited everyone back into the "party room" to dance and celebrate.  The room had once been the main taproom back when the house was an inn, and since the old bar was still there Mira had hired a bartender for the occasion. 
While Coryn danced casually with one of his classmates, Elenie asked  Ieaun to dance with her, and he pulled her into his arms for a proper slow dance.
As the two of them twirled around the small dancefloor, Mira joined the youngsters dancing, while Coryn and Nicola paused for breath and to chat. 
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Talfryn is from Summerdream, a sims story by calisims, his father Aymeri is also in that story but first appeared in the Roman Legacy by calisims when he married the generation two heir.  Elenie's grandmother was Ryanne Roman, one of the generation three spares from that legacy who was one of a number of sims from various legacies I borrowed to provide townies for my last town.  The family history Talfryn told Elenie is mostly taken from those two stories however my account of his revival is not.