Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. ~ Sir Winston Churchill
Jahx I wish my boys were ready to learn. Their attention is everywhere except on me and their lessons.
Arinda They’re just a little restless from being cooped up. They’ll get over it once they can go outside and run some energy off.
Jahx It’s been raining for two days, and unless Nathan decides to be in a better mood, it’s likely to be raining for the rest of our lives.
Nathan Oh HA HA. With friends like you it’s no wonder I’m grouchy.
Arinda Jahx, be nice! Just because you’re cranky with your students doesn’t mean it’s okay to take it out on Nathan.
Nathan Thank you, Rinda. It’s nice that someone appreciates me.
Arinda Although we could use some sunshine.
Nathan ***sigh*** really?
Arinda I could tell you a joke if it’d help.
Nathan Don’t you have a class to teach?
Arinda Why no! I’m done for the day! I’ve got all afternoon to bother you! ... ... ... Hey!... ... ... What's that?... ... ... Nathan! Cut it out!... ... ... Stop it! ***Aaahhhh!***
Jahx Rinda! What’s the matter?!?
Jahx Nathan! What’d you do?!?
Jahx Nothing? Why is Rinda screeching?
Nathan I don't know. Maybe she's descended from squawks!
Arinda Nothing!!! He sent a whirlwind through my study! There are papers everywhere!
Nathan Aw. Darn! Guess you won’t have all afternoon to bother me after all.
Jahx ***snerk*** Nathan! You should be ashamed.
Arinda Laughing at me? Really, Jahx?
Jahx Why, perish the thought! ***snerk*** I wouldn't... dream... of it...
Arinda Oh, pound sand, you big buffoon!
Jahx Sheesh! What'd I do?
I was thinking of doing another portrait of Nathan in his crown. Something grander and more formal, befitting his station.
Nathan No way! I won’t sit still for it!
The Mage Sister Aw, c’mon Nathan! May I say, you do rock the uniform!
Nathan Why, yes I do! But you’re still not getting around me like that. I prefer shirtsleeves; they’re more comfortable. Why did you have to bind me up in a uniform? I looked fine the way I was!
Catherine Oh, zip it, Nathan!
Cullen What a mood - someone hasn’t had his coffee yet. How much sleep did you get last night?
Nathan None of your beeswax!
Catherine Hardly any. He was up all night, pacing.
Cullen So that’s why it was stormy!
Nathan I had nothing to do with that! It kept me awake, too.
Catherine More like the ten cups of coffee you had after dinner.
Cullen TEN CUPS??? Are you kidding?
Catherine And half a cake.
Nathan I had a sweet tooth.
Cullen You also had indigestion – no wonder you were up all night. I’m surprised you're not still stuck to the ceiling! Serves you right.
Catherine No kidding! It must be nice to have a constitution like that.
Cullen Nobody has a constitution like that!
Nathan I’m not talking to any of you till you shut up!
Catherine Very nice, Nathan.I’m going to leave you to your mood now.
Nathan Well, don’t go away mad.
Cullen Finally! Sheesh!
Nathan Yeah, we thought you were never going to shut up!
The Mage Sister Be nice, Nathan!
Nathan Who said I wanted a running record of every conversation I have? Did it ever occur to you I might want some privacy?
Jahx That’s funny. Usually you orate as if everyone gave a damn. I’d have thought you’d be the last person to complain.
Nathan I hear that droning buzz again.
Cullen That droning buzz seems to only occur when someone is speaking the truth about you.
Nathan Good lord! There it goes again! Who left a window open!
Jahx I know! Clearly there’s something wrong with his head.
Nathan It’s getting louder!!! Someone call an exterminator!
Catherine That will do, boys! You’d best find something else to do before Cristov gets hold of you. Shouldn’t you be off to court, Nathan?
Nathan It’s becoming unbearable! I can’t take any more!
Catherine Then get out, for goodness sake! Out! Go! You’re driving me crazy!
Nathan Hey! Stop hitting me! Ow! I’m going! Sheesh!
Cullen Way to go, Catherine!
Catherine I’m sure you have something else to do, too, don’t you?
Cullen Why, yes I do. Going just now.
Jahx I’m already gone…
Cristov Well played, madam.
Catherine Thank you. I’ve learned from the best.
Cristov You flatter me.
Temper tantrums, however fun they may be to throw, rarely solve whatever problem is causing them. ~ Lemony Snicket
The Mage Sister I’m having a sort of tantrum-y type day. And here I was prepared to stick up for Monday, but it seems like it a thing can go wrong today, it’s just jumpin’ aboard the Monday Express.
Nathan I like throwing tantrums. Tantrums are fun.
Cullen We know. We prefer if you not throwing tantrums, thank you.
Cullen Why ever would you want to stick up for Monday? It is a thoroughly dislikable day.
Nathan I have to agree with Cullen on that one. You can’t make it over into what it’s not.
The Mage Sister Well, I do have a habit of that.
Arinda Hey, a person can always be hopeful! There’s nothing wrong with that.
Cullen Know what else is thoroughly dislikable? People who are always hopeful.
Cullen You say that like it’s a bad thing.
Arinda Oh, me too! The Spring Festival at Vespith is this weekend, and our magickers have planned something special!
Jahx Oh really? What?
Arinda Well, they won’t tell me. But they say it will be spectacular.
Jahx Yikes! Hopefully it isn’t flammable!
Arinda Now, Jahx! Master Rook has been supervising the project – I’m sure he wouldn’t let them do anything dangerous.
Jahx No, I suppose not. Rook is very dependable.
Nathan I don’t have to be there, do I?
Arinda Yes! Vespith is a Royal Academy, Nathan – it’s be nice if the King made an appearance. Besides, we planned this months ago, and you’ve already confirmed that you’ll be there.
Nathan You mean my assistant confirmed. He didn’t ask me.
Arinda You don’t have an assistant. I confirmed it with Catherine.
Nathan Well, SHE didn’t ask me. And I’m busy.
Arinda Doing what?
Nathan Doing what King’s do! Besides, I’m having my teeth cleaned.
Arinda On a holiday?
Nathan Fine then! I’m washing my hair!
Catherine Don’t worry, Rinda. He’ll be there.
Nathan Vespith Academy may have a royal designation, but belongs to Jahx, so as long as he’s there…
Catherine Nathan, button it. He’ll be there, Rinda – with his crown.
Nathan ARRGGGGHHHH!!! You’ll have to catch me first.
Jahx That sounds like a fun game – Catch the King! We could give prizes.
Arinda Giggle! I’m game!
Nathan Stop it! Just stop it right now!
Cristov I can’t speak for the individuals of the Circle, but as a whole, what exactly are we meant to resolve? And what does being resolute have to do with the passing of the previous year?
The Mage Sister Uh… I guess… nothing. It’s just a tradition we have.
Cristov Well, it’s silly.
The Mage Sister Sorry.
Catherine Go ahead, Nathan.
Nathan … ... ... I, Nathan, solemnly swear that I will attempt to be a more agreeable chap, as in the example of my good friend, Jahx Rife.
Catherine That’s nice! What a lovely resolution to make.
Nathan But only because Catherine is making me say so.
Catherine I am not!
Nathan Then kindly remove that fork from my side!
Arinda Frankly, I prefer you to be more like Nathan than Jahx, Nathan. Only Jahx can pull Jahx off and not get beaten up, if you know what I mean.
Jahx Um, first of all, thanks a lot. Secondly, do you know what you mean? I don’t think anyone else does.
Arinda First of all, smooch, darling! Second of all, hush. Nathan knows exactly what I mean.
Nathan Thank you, Rinda. It’s nice to know someone appreciates me.
The Mage Sister I see the annual birthday snit is in fine tradition this morning.
Nathan Shut up.
Arinda So is the annual birthday heat wave. I’m broiling in this thing. Why can’t I wear my own clothes, Catherine?
Catherine You’re the Crown Princess, that’s why. And Nathan can be as grumpy as he wants as long as he is pleasant to his subjects today.
Nathan Yeah, Rinda. You’re not the only one who has to wear a heavy, hot outfit today. I have to wear my damned crown!
Arinda So do I, and at least you don’t have some boned monstrosity crushing you’re ribs and squeezing the breath out of you!
Catherine That’s enough, you two! They will be out in the heat all day, too, to celebrate your birthday so you’d better be nice to them.
Nathan Oh, they make a pretty penny at my birthday festival. THAT’S why they’re there!
Catherine So the merchants make a good profit today, what do you care? Everyone else is here to enjoy themselves and celebrate you’re birthday. Now you’d better start being the happy birthday boy right now or I swear to Fiaryn I’ll make you miserable for the rest of the year, and you know I can do it, too!
Nathan You’re just mean, Catherine.
Nathan Don’t you know how rude it is to ask a person their age? Besides, I can’t remember.
The Mage Sister Oh, come on! Nobody just forgets how old they are.
Nathan Are YOU five centuries old? Do YOU know what that’s like? NO! So zip it!
Catherine He’ll be five hundred and eighty-eight.
Nathan Five hundred and THIRTY eight, Kitty!
Catherine Fifty years, give or take. What’s the difference?
Nathan How ‘bout we add fifty years to YOUR age, Catherine?
Catherine Now that was rude! How dare you!
The Mage Sister SO… Catherine, how are the preparations for the Festival coming?
CatherineI’m worried we won’t have enough flowers. My gardens are producing as fast as they can, and I afraid we’ll still come up short.
Nathan Are you kidding? There’s enough for at least a thousand funerals.
CatherineVery nice, Mr. Grim Reaper! Weddings have flowers, too, Nathan.
Catherine Anyway, HE has no idea what all goes into the Festival, so he wouldn’t know how much of anything is needed for it.
The Mage Sister Doesn’t he ever help?
Nathan It’s MY birthday! Why should I have to throw the party?
Catherine Ugh! Ignore him, or we’ll get an hour and a half of whining about it! It’s just better if we leave him out of these things. They only get more complicated.
The Mage Sister I see.
Catherine Inanycase, other than being short of flowers, I think we’re in good shape.
The Mage Sister Haven’t heard from Arinda or Jahx lately?
Nathan What? You think you’re special? They probably haven’t come up for air for a week or two!
Catherine Nathan, really! They’re busy getting their boys ready for the Magicker’s Joust. I understand Jahx has one in the Senior league this year.
The Mage Sister I understood that he refuses to allow them to participate in that league?
Nathan He does, but evidently, this one was particularly persuasive.
Catherine He’d have to be pretty persuasive to get Jahx to change his mind about that. I know he feels very strongly about it.
Nathan Well, I don’t know, do I? Maybe he doesn’t like the kid and is hoping his opponent will blow him away, literally!
Catherine Nathan! Jahx wouldn’t do that.
Arinda Oh yes, he would.
So, with all the crazy weather here, and all the flooding going on, do you think it will affect the King’s Festival next month? It would be a shame to have to cancel it.
Nathan Flooding? What flood… Oh, you’re right. There is a huge chance we might have to cancel it due to flooding. What a shame.
Arinda It’s not flooding, Nathan.
Nathan Yes, it is. It’s terrible! It’s right at our back door and all over the lawn where the Festival is held.
Arinda It is not flooding! The Storklu-Magni is at a perfectly normal stage.
Nathan How would you know? You hardly ever come to Rowan Castle anymore.
Arinda Because it runs along the back of the Vespith Academy property, and it isn’t flooded.
Nathan You clearly are not looking at it properly. Why, even if it does dry up, the lawn will just be mud. Can’t have people traipsing about in the mud, now, can we?
Catherine There is no flood, there is no mud, and the King’s Festival will go on as planned.
Cristov Yes, it will. And don’t even think of pulling a tantrum and making it rain for a month, Nathan.
Nathan I have no idea what you are talking about. There’s mud everywhere!
Arinda What are you wearing to the Festival this year, Catherine.
Catherine Oh! I commissioned at lovely gown to go with Nathan’s new crown.
Catherine And a new suit for him as well. It’s just encrusted with all the jewels and fancy stuff I could find, and we put all his medals on. It must weigh a fair fifty pounds, but he’ll look so handsome.
Nathan I’m not wearing anything of the sort! I’m not going!
Cristov Of course you’re going. It wouldn’t be the King’s Festival without you.
Nathan Hmph. I assume you have a matching gown for Arinda?
Catherine Why, of course! She is the crown princess after all!
Arinda Wait just a minute now!
Nathan WHAT! What’d I do???
The Mage Sister Seriously? Thanks for the heinous storm last night!
Nathan I didn’t do it!
Cristov Nathan! What have I told you about losing your temper!
Nathan I DIDN’T do it!
The Mage Sister Ice everywhere! Cows were frozen where they stood in the fields! Could you have given us some warning at least???
Cristov Really, Nathan. How could you?
Nathan I DIDN’T DO IT!!! I didn’t throw any storm last night!
The Mage Sister A likely story! Where did it come from then?
Nathan Have you ever heard of ‘WEATHER’?
Cristov I think you need to have a talk with the truth-sayers, Nathan. I’m seeing some disturbing trends in your behavioral patterns lately.
Nathan ***Hmph!*** I didn’t throw a storm last night, but I’m about to throw one now!
Cristov Don’t you dare.
The Mage Sister You’d better not ruin my weekend!
Nathan Yeah, I’m not listening. LA LA LA LA LA!