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Waiting ver. 1They call it the waiting window for obvious reasons.
The women whose lovers and husbands have gone to war. . . Thats where they wait for them. By that large window that overlooks the main road coming into the castle. Almost all the women living in the castle have sat there at least once.
Eirika had only sat there once. She preferred to wait more privately, where she couldnt feel the pitying stares of those behind her.
She waits in her room, because not all the soldiers come in by the main road in fanfare and trumpets. Some of them come through the back roads; she knows Seth is one of them. Hed rather avoid the noise and celebration of a return, or the solemn airs and weeping of a failed campaign. Hed rather come in through one of the older roads.
She hopes he comes on the one she can see from her window.
She thinks of other times she has waited here; she didnt always wait.
PetalsThe grass tickled between her toes as her father toiled away with the roses by the letterbox. She watched his fingers weave between the thorns to pat the soil around each bush, humming to some John Lennon song she couldn't put a name to. Despite the sun just tipping the horizon, she saw sweat prickling his brow and his eyes squinting against the light. The fine lines on his face were suddenly accentuated by shadow, and for a moment, she swelled with wonder.
'Maria, come here,' he said, waving her over. 'You're not going to learn anything sitting all the way over there.'
Excitement sparked her limbs into motion, and she crawled over to sit next to him, careful to tuck her skirt beneath her thighs to avoid the dirt.
He picked up a pair of clippers from beside him. 'Now, you need to snipe back these diseased parts here and there from the base of the plant. It helps it grow better.'
Snipping off two pieces of wood with ease, he deposited them in Maria's outstretched hand. Their rough textu
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