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.