1st Cylus, 719
"Wish me luck, Shadow. With the celebration totrial, the kids are going to be all worked up. It's all they've been talking about for trials. And excited children are...a handful."
To put it lightly. The younger kids at the orphanage had been bouncing off the walls with excitement and anticipation over this festival for trials. And even the older children had been easily distracted from their lessons as they made plans for the trial, and talked about other bonfires they had been to. Ari'sora thought totrial was going to be exhausting...but it was going to be a lot of fun as well. She was looking forward to it as much as the kids were.
Shadow purred in amusement.
"Good luck, Ari'sora. You are going to need it. Those kids outnumber you, you know."
Ari'sora resisted the urge to stick her tongue out at her friend...barely.
"Yes, but I won't be alone with them. Felicia, Nats, and Chris are going to be there too."
Chris Jonson was the gardener at Luna's Dream. The kids loved him, and he seemed to love them just as much since he was often seen telling them stories. There were rumors among the rest of the staff that he was the son of Cassion, but since he refused to comment on the subject when asked, there was no proof either way. But he was quite skilled at telling stories, and he never seemed to mind if Ari'sora listened in when he was telling one whenever she could.
"I think that the four of us can handle the kids."
Shadow purred again.
"Maybe. But I still say better you than me. I'll think of you out in the cold with the kids while I'm curled up by this nice fire."
Ari'sora did stick her tongue out at Shadow this time.
"We'll be plenty warm around the bonfire, Shadow."
"Talking to the cat again?" Mi'zuri asked with an eyebrow raised in amusement as she walked into the room.
"If it's any of your business, then yes. Are you sure that you don't mind babysitting Rin'saia?" Ari'sora asked anxiously.
Ari'sora didn't really like the idea of leaving her daughter for the trial when she was so young and helpless. But she did trust her sister to watch over her...sort of. If something more interesting didn't come up. If it wasn't Cylus, Ari'sora would just take her daughter with her, but the healer had warned her that babies shouldn't be exposed to the cold unless there was no other choice. And in this situation, there was.
"I don't mind. She is my niece, after all. Besides, it will be fun for me to get a chance to spoil her when you're not around."
Ari'sora hesitated for a few trills more. But it really was better to leave Rin'saia safely in the warmth of their cottage rather than drag her out to the loud festival even if the bonfire would ensure that she didn't get too cold. Her daughter was taking a nap, so she peeked in on the tiny infant and gave her a quick kiss before heading over to Luna's Dream.
Excitement filled the air. As soon as Ari'sora walked through the door of the orphanage, she could feel it. Within trills, she was surrounded by happy children who chattered at her excitedly as they pulled her further inside.
"Did you know that Felicia is going to dance around the bonfire with us? She said she would! And Chris is going to tell us stories! And..." Allanor said excitedly.
"And I am sure that everyone is going to have lots of fun when we get there. But we have to get there first. Why don't you run and tell the other kids that we'll be leaving soon while I help Felicia get everything we need to bring with us?"
Ari'sora could almost see the thought process going on in the young boy's mind. The faster all of the kids were ready to go, and the faster the grownups had everything they needed, the faster they could get to the beach. And the faster they got to the beach, the faster the fun would begin. Allanor nodded eagerly, and raced out of the room with an excited cry. Ari'sora watched him go with an amused smile, then went to find Felicia and ask what she could do to help them get ready to go.