25th Ashan, 721
Seira bustled about the kitchen, feeding the animals before getting a meal for herself and Seri. Seri watched her cautiously from the doorway.
"Any headaches totrial?" she asked Seira in concern.
Seira shook her head.
"Not yet, at least."
She looked at Seri for several trills.
"I'm fine, you know. They're just headaches. Everyone gets them from time to time.
But what about the blurred vision? And the dizziness? They don't happen as often as the headaches, but they do happen sometimes. Are they really "just" anything? Then again...each time I've had those were trials where I hadn't gotten much sleep the night before. So it's probably that I was just overly tired.
"Not as often as you've gotten them since last Zi'da." Seri pointed out.
"And what about the time we went to Lake Lovalus? That wasn't "just" a headache..."
"It was a really bad headache. That's all."
"Are you sure?" Seri demanded.
And that was the real question, wasn't it? Because Seira couldn't be certain. Not beyond all doubt. She knew that some people had frequent headaches. One of their friends suffered from frequent headaches that were as bad as the one she had had when they were at Lake Lovalus. But...she herself had never had that problem. Not until recently, anyway. Was Seri right? What if something really was wrong with her? No. No, of course not. It was just headaches. Nothing serious.
Seri watched her sister for a few trills more before moving to help Seira gather some leftovers for breakfast. Lyra and the kittens walked into the room, and gathered around the bowls that Seira had set down for them. They dug into their own food while Seira and Seri ate their breakfast. When they finished, the kittens began playing with each other, but Lyra wound herself around Seira's legs purring. Seira smiled as she reached down to scratch behind Lyra's ears.
"You like that, don't you, Lyra?"
Lyra made a mewling sound that sounded very much like she was agreeing with her before she went back to purring. When the twins finished eating, they stood and began cleaning up after themselves.
"We should get going if we're going to go." Seri said at last.
She eyed Seira carefully, looking for any signs that her sister was in pain. Seira nodded, but when she started to leave the kitchen, Lyra stood in front of her, leaning against her legs to stop her from moving forward. When she had Seira's attention, she jumped up, forcing Seira to catch her. After a few trills of trying to rebalance herself with the extra weight in her arms, she looked down at the cat.
"What is it, Lyra?"
Lyra reached up and placed a soft paw on her face before licking her nose. There was a look in her eyes that would definitely be concern if Lyra was a person. It was almost as if Lyra was worried about her.
"You know that I had a headache last night, don't you?"
Lyra made a mewling sound that sounded as if she was agreeing with her. Seri stared at her for several trills.
"I swear, it's like that cat can understand us." Seri said.
Seira had to agree with her sister. Lyra was a lot smarter than Ryu was. Had she always been this smart? Seira didn't think so. At first, she had seemed like any other cat. What could have caused the change...if there really was one? Lyra distracted Seira by looking at Seri, and waving her tail once before turning back to Seira. The twins exchanged glances, then laughed.
"Well, I guess she told you!" Seira said with a grin.
Still...her sister was right. Seira had noticed it too. She had learned never to underestimate a cat from being Ryu's owner. But Lyra seemed to take it a step above that.
"I promise you that I'm okay, Lyra. My headache is all gone now."
"You didn't tell me that you had a headache last night."
"It wasn't a bad one, and it was gone when I woke up this morning. I didn't want to worry you." Seira said softly.
"I want you to worry me. I want you to tell me when you have a headache. I know that you think they aren't serious...but what if they are?"
Lyra patted Seira's cheek gently with her paw as if she was telling her to do what her sister said. Seira cuddled with her for a few trills before nodding.
"Okay. If it will make you feel better, I will." Seira promised.
"I would feel better if you stopped getting headaches." Seri said softly.
Seira wasn't sure what to say to that, so she changed the subject.
"We really should get going."
Seira cuddled with Lyra for a few bits more before putting her down. Then they headed to the Order clinic in the Dust Quarter.
When they arrived, one of the healers, a harried looking man wearing a blue cloak with no hood showed them to where their supplies were, gave them some paper and a pen, and asked them to count how many of each of their supplies and write it down for him. He explained that knowing how many supplies they had at all times let them know when they had to order more of something, and that it prevented them from running out of something. Then he was gone, leaving the twins to their work.
They had done the same type of thing at Storm's Edge, so it was a familiar task for them, and one that they didn't need supervision for. Seira started at one end, and Seri took the other. They they went shelf by shelf, starting at the top. When they were finished, they found the man who had asked them to count the supplies, and gave him their list. He sent them to a second supply room and had them count those supplies as well.