(Previous post: Piggy)
Like Harry predicted both of kids loved the puppy he got Aenar as an early present for his thirteenth birthday. Piggy was adorable, she was warm and cuddly, she had the energy to keep up with the kids always running around on those little black and white legs of her. And she never peed inside the house! She was a perfect little thing.
Vaela would spend every morning with her, playing until she was almost late for school and she had to run so she wouldn’t miss the bus. Aenar was more responsible, he would wait until after school, and after he had finished his homework to go and play and often he would invite his friend Melissa Gradle over as well so they can both spend time with the puppy. Harry was very pleased with himself for bringing Piggy into the family.
Now that his kids were grown, and could entertain themselves he found more time to go back to painting, he had been putting his job aside in order to spend time with the little ones but he was eager to back to what he loved, and how he brought food to the table.
He was in the garden, coloring the sketch he had been working on one evening when Vaela interrupted him.
“Hey daddy, can we talk?” She asked softly.
“Sure princess.” He said smiling and turning towards her a brush still in his hand.
“I wanted to sign up for these ballet dances in my school… Do you think that would be okay?” She asked nervously.
“And why wouldn’t it be?” Harry asked smiling. Vaela just shrugged.
“Could you take me there tomorrow after school?”
“Of course princess!” Vaela smiled brightly.
“Thank you daddy!” She exclaimed and ran inside to get ready for bed, hopefully. Harry let Rhae his wife deal with that tonight as he got back to his painting.
The next day Harry found himself at the nearly empty corridor of his children’s school. He used to go to school here as well, there was only one school in all of Sunset Valley, and the same building hosted both the elementary and the high school. He looked around unsure if he should be happy or sad that so little had changed in the years that had passed between him and his school days. He got so lost in his nostalgia that he had almost forgotten the little hand squeezing his own.
He had gone and spoken to the school’s ballet teacher and Vaela was officially enrolled and in fifteen minutes her actual class was starting. He looked down at her and noticed she was nervously biting her lip her light green eyes glued to the door to the girl’s changing room.
“Is something wrong princess?” He asked curiously and his daughter turned to him.
“Do you think I’ll be horrible at it?” She asked in a faint voice. Harry smiled.
“Of course I don’t.”
“Melissa is very good.” Vaela continued. “She had a great recital at the beginning of the school year. She was very good, everyone clapped.”
“Well Melissa is older than you, she is in Aenar’s class right?” Vaela nodded. “Well there you go, she had more time to practice. I am sure you’ll catch up with her in no time if you work as hard.” Harry told her. “And you will have your own recital and me and mom would come to watch, and uncle Haze, and uncle Donnie…”
“And Aenar?” Vaela asked quietly.
“Even Aenar. In less then a week he might become a grumpy teenager but he will always be your big brother.” Vaela smiled.
“If he gets too grumpy I will need my own room…” Harry smiled back at her.
“We’ll see about that. Now go dazzle everyone, my brave princess.”
“I will, thank you daddy.” His daughter said and pushed open the door leaving Harry alone in an empty hallway.
When he got home Harry found his son in his room, doing his homework.
“Need any help?” Harry asked and the boy shook his head.
“I am good. There is just a lot of work, nothing hard…”
“Good to hear.” Harry said smiling. It would surprise him if he had answered any other way, both his children had As in school. “Are you excited about your birthday?” He asked and Aenar nodded.
“Uncle Hazel is throwing me a party. I helped him with the guest list.” Harry smiled. His little brother sure did love parties.
“Who did you invite?”
“Melissa and Silvester.” Aenar said. “They are the only kids from school I would like there, except for Vae of course. And I told him to make sure to invite uncle Tomas and Luther and Jerod. Because you know… They might need some cheering up…”
Harry just nodded unsure as to what to say. He was often amazed at just how good and caring his little boy was., he must have gotten it from his mother, Rhaenys was the kind of person that wanted to save the world, from everything that was bad… And Aenar was like that sometimes, when he had the chicken pox awhile ago and they went to the hospital for a check up he saw some other sick kids and begged Harry to let him donate his allowance to the pediatric ward. And now at the time of his birthday party he was thinking about the less fortunate… Harry just hoped his son would never change, he hoped he would always stay so innocent and sweet.