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Aden of Aden
Chapter Eight

I froze with fear that she would turn and go away. Seeing her just continue to look at me with a smile on her face did not help my attitude. I however could not think of anything to say, but with fear said the only thing I could come up with.

“It’s the only thing I know to do.”

“Well, we can certainly work on that.”

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Aden of Aden
Chapter Seven

A sudden fear came to me, and I shot to hug my mother and whisper, “Don’t you ever stop talking to me.”

She softly replied, “I will always believe in you. Now, trust your father.”

The words were enough for me. I moved to the side of my father, then took his arm in the normal fashion. He patted my hand while making a motion with his head at my mother. Accepting that his words would need to be enough at the moment, I waited for what he might say.

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Aden of Aden
Chapter Six

“Well, since they are from Davelda, I guess they would understand Daveldan. You mother however gave me the impression she was speaking of another language.”

“Tell you what. Let’s take a simple ride, then we might discuss this other language.”

“Thiminy is not that big. Where are we riding to?”

She mounted Andy, then said, “How about you follow me and find out?”

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Aden of Aden
Chapter Five

Queen Straekin said, “That is a dangerous path, Endullae. Are you hoping that I, or Terish, would join you?”

“Father can just keep a watch.”

“I will check with him. Honestly, considering the language lesson, I probably should come. Let me discuss the trip with Terish.”

Mother had to ask, “What is this about a language lesson, Aden?”

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Aden of Aden
Chapter Four

I saw him shrug before he said, “Maybe you just did not register it. When one of us speaks of you in our adult conversations, you are often identified as Aden of Aden.”

Wondering, I had to ask, “Does mother call me that?”

“You grew up speaking to her almost constantly, Aden.”

“I mean with you – in the adult conversations with you and Mother Mersidda.”

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Aden of Aden
Chapter Three

“Aden of Aden, I am glad you chose to come. Please, follow me.”

I did follow, but asked as I did so, “Why is everyone calling me Aden of Aden? I accept it is unusual for a child to have the name of a living relative, but no reason to make an issue of it.”

“You have a lot to learn, Aden, but your fault will be in not seeking the knowledge. That is your first lesson.”

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Aden of Aden
Chapter Two

“If they are gone, could I summon you and have you teach me?”

She locked her gaze upon me. I saw the movement of the other ladies in the kitchen also stop. There was a moment of silence, then finally my mother replied to me.

“Yes, Aden, I will. I know, of course, but I’m scared.”

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Aden of Aden
Chapter One

“I’m happy, Berair. Really. I love you. I love Mersidda. I however need something, someone, to bestow that love upon. The children are a help, but I want a girl with my name.”

My mother gave my father his eldest child. Agrell was a fine lad, and none felt that he would fail to keep respect in our family. Mother Mersidda blessed my father with a girl, then a boy. She has since produced three more. My mother only had one other, me, and my name is Aden.

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A Wish for Hope
Chapter Thirty-Six

Stepping out on the balcony to peer over the railing, I had to say, “Chering, I thought we already settled things between us.”

He looked up from where he was tuning a bass fiddle to say, “Hope springs eternal, Princess Jelnaya. I could not return to Davelda without trying to woo you at least once.”

“So, you brought a bass fiddle from Davelda to make your romantic plea?”

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A Wish for Hope
Chapter Thirty-Five

I stood up while saying, “It was never your fight, Honored Jelnaya. Still, thank you for coming.”

“Gods have their ways. After what I did to what is now my realm, this mission has actually helped me. I cannot say I am looking forward to going back, but I guess that is now my home. I’ll work on it. You work on making things right as well, Esgalia.”