Dear Diary,

For Lirael’s Birthday I sent away to have a gemstone that I’d found cut for her. I’m not sure what the stone is called, but it sparkles with all the colours of the ocean. I knew straight away that she would love it.

It arrived today, I managed to wrap it before the kids returned from school. Lirael had a wonderful first day, as I predicted. Jai’s friends adopted her as one of their own without question. I wonder if Jaden feels a little envious? Jai may secure his place within their little group, but I don’t know that Jaden’s ever really felt like he was one of them.

Lirael loved her present. She lit up like magic, the blues and greens of her eyes reflected in the stone. She has eyes like the ocean, I can’t believe I never noticed.

-TB.

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I’m working on uploading a lot for you guys but there’s soooooo much Store content and a bit of CC too …. and I have no idea where the CC came from! From another house I downloaded, I think …

What do I do?

Dear Diary,

Lirael’s birthday went wonderfully! Everyone had a great time and best of all, everyone liked the cake that I made! I’d never made a cake before. Jaden said it was a little dry but nobody else had complaints. I’d call it a success! 

Lirael is very excited to start high school next week. Jai is excited too! I know she’s going to fit right in. I may be biased, but I think it’s pretty hard not to like Lirael the moment you meet her. She has a quality; vulnerable, endearing. People tend to line up protecting a person like that. I know she’s going to do just fine. She’s the one thing I don’t have to worry about.

-TB.

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Dear Diary,

Today is Lirael’s birthday! She’s been excited for weeks. Months, even! Always in a rush to grow up. 

She wants to go to school with her big brother. She wants to be one of his gang. He’s very excited for today. We all are!

Hope everything goes smoothly. I’ll write after.

-TB.

Dear Diary,

What a strange night! There was a dance at the high school this evening and we were so busy getting the boys ready to go that we failed to notice how late Lirael was returning from her scouts meeting! We didn’t notice her absence until after the boys left. My phone rang, I answered, heard her voice and only then realised how late it was.

"THIS IS AN OUTRAGE" she was yelling, "THEY WON’T LET ME INTO THE DANCE! I told them I was Jai’s sister and they told me to go home as if that name meant NOTHING!" 

I was flabbergasted. “Come home right now!” I said, “You are far too young to go to that dance and you know it!”

"Oh please, I start high school next week! This is discrimination, pure and simple!"

"COME HOME!"

So now Lirael’s grounded the week before her birthday. She sulked in her bedroom until the boys got home.

When they did … they came with a little surprise. They’d brought home photographs. As usual I expected to see Jai posing next to his girlfriend Phillepe, but it was Jaden sharing the frame with her this time. I looked to Jai for explanation and he merely shrugged. Jaden said nothing, but retreated to his bedroom with a smile on his face. 

What a strange night.

-TB.

Dear Diary,

Jaden had a little mishap today at the inventor’s table. He must have mixed something up; one minute he was hacking away at a simple mechanism, the next he was on fire.

He was fine, he raced himself to the shower in good time and was able to put himself out before he was burnt badly. His pride, however, sustained quite an injury. He wasn’t himself all day after that. 

I heard him muttering, “she would never have caught fire”.

-TB.

Dear Diary,

Jai’s been painting a series of works he calls “Beyond the Ten Percent”. They’re mostly nature-scapes, but they all feature the same thing; somewhere in the imagery there will be a small creature hiding. Creatures that look a little like garden gnomes, but they’re all different. 

When I asked Jai what inspired him to do the series, he told me about a story he read online. The story was about a mad scientist who thought that gnomes were trying to kill him. Everyone in his life thought he was crazy, so he killed them all. It was a fairly silly story. The kind you’d tell at a sleepover, or around the fire on a camping trip. Still, Jai seemed to like it. I don’t know what the title of the series means. That boy eludes me.

-TB.

Dear Diary,

Last night, Toshiko threw a big party for all her workers over at the gypsy caravan! She really pulled out all the stops; there were belly-dancers, tarot readers, dream walkers … endless feats of magic and mastery to keep us entertained! After the party was over Artio and I begrudgingly made our way home, still quite buzzed from all the excitement! The kids were sound asleep when we returned. We sneaked into the kitchen for a quick midnight snack before bed. It was one of those little moments with Artio that I’ll never forget. She was looking at her bread and jam, saying “there’s nothing wrong with simple bread and jam” and I loved her so much.

I think the new turtle I found (I nicknamed him Squirtle) is a little judgemental. When we finally crept into bed around one in the morning he was glaring at us with his little beady eyes as if to say “what sort of time do you call this?”

-TB.

Dear Diary,

Jai somehow manages to be completely disciplined and relaxed at the same time, at least with his painting. He can work every day, happily, without stress. Jai never does anything he doesn’t want to do. He’s lucky that he’s found something to work hard at that also makes him happy.

I’ve seen Jaden obsessed with lots of different things; chess, music, computer building … you name it. This new obsession with inventing, it’s different. I’ve never seen him with such fiery determination. The last time I saw that look in anyone’s eyes … well, I haven’t seen that since Jaden’s father was alive.

-TB.