“Wait a moment Aer, I need to speak to you!” Avery’s tone chilled her. She knew he would be disappointed that she couldn’t muster more of a response to Coralia’s arrival but she needed to process this big change in her life too, and from what she had seen so far, she didn’t like it!
“Aerwyna, your mother and I expected more from you. We’ve spoken about this before, like your mother before you, you are expected to help out with any brothers and sisters you have. But you will also have to spend some time in the human world, to get to know them and know how you can help and protect them.”
The hot tears that had been threatening to spill over earlier slowly made their way down Aerwyna’s cheeks. Yes she had known this, and yes she had spoken to her parents about it but she didn’t understand why. Why were these the responsiblities of a future queen? Surely she should be learning things like how to run a royal palace!
“I know dad, I just don’t understand why. You say mum did it but what did she do? She had no siblings so she didn’t have to help raise any and she spent a weekend in the human world, two days. You want me to be there for a year! How is that fair?”
Avery’s usually silver aura was tinged with crimson. His feline eyes narrowed, sucking air between his teeth, he suddenly looked ten feet tall. Aerwyna stopped talking, lowering her head.
“Aerwyna we love you but you have to do as we have asked you. No questions. Just understand that we want the best for you and this is it. We want you to be someone who understands that until you’ve seen things from their point of view, it’s difficult to understand people fully, that’s why it’s important to spend time with the humans. If you are going to protect them, you have to understand them. And if you’re going to be away for a year in human years, that means your siblings won’t see you for forty two fae years. So by spending time with them when they are young you will create a bond with them like no other. Do you understand that?”
“Siblings?” Aerwyna’s forehead creased in confusion.
“Yes, it is our intention that there will be more than just you and Coralia.”
“Oh, well I guess I understand dad. And I do want to understand and help the humans.” Avery’s aura returned to it’s usual silvery shade as he pulled her into a hug.
“You’ll always be my number one sweetheart,” he whispered into her ear, a smile so bright spread across Aerwyna’s face. Rhiannon joined her husband and first born, kissing them both gently.
“I heard that!” Rhiannon smiled warmly at Avery, who shrugged and ducked back to Coralia’s room to spend time with his new born daughter.
“I also heard what your father told you about your siblings and the humans. I appreciate you making the effort Aerwyna. Kindness flows through you, and it is so very important that you are always kind, to all creatures.” With that Rhiannon joined her husband in their Coralia’s room.
Aerwyna waited a while, could hear her parents cooing over their new baby, as she looked over the foyer of their home an uneasy feeling settled in her chest.