Well, I am sitting here somewhat relieved because I finally got to see my Mother with my own eyes to make sure that she was still alive. I’ll admit that she looks a bit worse for the wear and the attack from the Orcs must have been a total shock to her and my Father. I’m just happy that they both survived it and that Mom is going to be okay, even if it takes a little more time for her to get back to normal.
I had been banging my head on the wall of frustration because here I was within walking distance and even visual distance of where my Mom was and I couldn’t even go there to see her or visit with her. I did see my Aunt Felaran outside a few times and she would wave and smile at me. It just stinks that a family as close as we have been in the past can’t even speak to one another in this place or at this time for fear that someone will see us and turn us all in for being traitors. That was the one thing that I enjoyed about living in Dalaran, no one really cared what we did and they accepted us even if they didn’t like it. Of course, Shattrath is neutral and we grew up there, however, there was nothing to compare to Dalaran.
Kae and I had been in Halfhill for a few days after being out scouting for several days and I had known about my Mother’s injuries and to be honest, it was driving me wild with anxiety. I know that I really was at my wit’s end as to how I could see her. Kae, being as blunt as only she can with me, just told me to use my skills and get as close to the my Father’s house as I could and signal him, no one should see me in the middle of the night. So, off I went, did my signal and there was my Dad standing there with a huge grin on his face. Of course, not too far behind him was my Mother and I will have to admit that I almost burst into tears like a little boy. Oh, we were well hidden by the trees and the farmhouse, so, we sat on the ground out there in the moonlight and just talked, almost like old times.
I did get the general impression that my Dad wants my Mom to leave the Sentinels again and I get the feeling that he is more than ready to walk away from his duties with the Horde. It think this last little adventure of theirs pretty much put the icing on the cake of his life with the Horde. He will always be Sindorei, however, as he calmly put it, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he is going to be Horde for life though because he had walked away from it before and he was ready to do it again with all of the things that have been going on in Kalimdor.
I can honestly say that I haven’t been back to Kalimdor or even to visit my grandparents in quite a while. Well, not really since Winter Veil. I see Vashlan in Stormwind when I go there with the contracts that Kae and I have filled and that’s about the extent of my adventures outside of Pandaria. Oh, I’ve heard all of the tales of what is going on with Orgrimmar and Kor’kon guards everywhere and my Father confirmed that they weren’t just tales.
That’s just awful that a Warchief could turn against his own people like that. Oh, I know that the Alliance isn’t all sunshine and roses either, however, I don’t think that Varian would turn on his own people the way that this Hellscream has. No wonder there is a rebellion going on.
Oh, I lied, I have been back to Kalimdor to deliver some supplies for the rebellion before it became public knowledge, so, a lot of the things that are happening now hadn’t changed the place as much as it has now. I guess there are camps all over the place and the Orcs are killing or taking any of the Trolls captive that they suspect of being a part of the rebellion. What a mess! No wonder my Father is ready to walk away from it all, he’s ashamed of what has become of the Horde and how it has cost his own people many lives just for the name of greed and power of one man.
I think that my Dad wants us to start looking for a nice place to settle here in Pandaria, away from everyone and just a place where we can be a family again. That would be wonderful if there could be such a place. Of course, with the way that the Horde is even destroying the beauty of the Vale has me wondering if there will be anything left of the Pandaria that we knew when we arrived. I would imagine that the Pandaren are questioning the reasoning of why they allowed the Horde to come into their lands.
It was nice to see Mom again and I guess that she is going to actually go back to Dolonaar for a few days. My Dad has made all of the arrangements and she should be going there in the next couple of days. It think that it will be a good thing for her to get away from everything for a few days and to spend some time with the little guys and my grandparents. I guess I could ask Kae if she would like to go back to Darnassus for a few days, I know that she hasn’t been back in a real long time either. It might be fun and I would like her to meet my Grandparents formally.
I know that I have to laugh when I think how close Kae and I came to meeting one another long before we came to Pandaria. She fostered with my grandparents for a while and I guess she had met my Mother before, even if Mom didn’t remember it. It seems like the Fates were playing games with all of us. With the way that Kae grew up, I’m sure that we probably know quite a few of the same people.
I will have to admit that now that I have seen my parents and I know that they are both okay, I can finally start feeling like things are going to be okay again. That was definitely a few scary days there and I was really starting to get more than a little bit anxious about the whole thing. Kae really was good about my outbursts and my rants about the fact that they were so close and we couldn’t just walk over there to see them.
I know that I was sitting here and trying to wrap my head around the fact that I could possibly end up having to take over as the head of the family and I knew that I wasn’t really prepared for it. I haven’t lived as long as my parents yet and I don’t have their experiences to draw upon. I was really starting to freak myself out and for no reason, thanks be to Elune. I don’t know how they do it, keeping their private lives, business and families separated from their duties as a Ranger and a Sentinel. I know that I would have been sorely pressed to even attempt that sort of thing. I think that I have found a whole new respect for what they have done in their lives.
I know that Kae and I went back to where my parents were attacked and we both ended up kind of smiling. They weren’t the only ones that had been using that little house for rendezvous even if we were all very careful. I’m really kind of surprised that we hadn’t run into one another there on more than one occasion.
Oh, Kae and I still go to the Jade Temple to swim in the pools and do some of our laundry occasionally even if there are more Orcs roaming around these days. We feel relatively safe within the confines of the grounds of the temple. It might seem a bit sacrilegious to some people, however, the monks don’t seem to mind our being there either. I think that the Jade Forest will always be one of my favorite areas of Pandaria when all is said and done. I wish we could find a place there where the family could settle, however, it’s still and entry point for the Horde as well as the Alliance for however much longer this war lasts.
I know it’s the only place where we can swim without worrying about something charging out of the bushes and attacking us. Plus, there aren’t any of those crazed turtles trying to attack us when we aren’t looking either. I know the last time that we were down there, I made a flower garland for Kae to wear in her hair and she looked beautiful. I think she really like it too because I found it pressed between two books on the shelf so that it would dry flat and she could add it to her keepsakes. I don’t know why women are so silly about such things sometimes.
To be exact, I ought to quit writing for a while because we have a picnic planned down at the Jade Temple anyway. Yes, we’re just taking the day off and we’re going to go down there and relax in the peace and harmony of that place. I still want to watch the monks and maybe get a chance to talk to some of them when they aren’t going through their exercises – the whole style of fighting that they use really intrigues me.