Mel sighed. She felt really bad that Alexander had to face her fiery little sister on his own. It could be quite traumatic to encounter Camilla unprepared and unaware of her temper.
And Alexander was in some kind of mild shock, so they agreed he should stop coming over so often until the situation cools off. It would reduce their time together considerably, since Melia was too busy working and she couldn’t go out a lot. But it was for the best.
It actually did help. Camilla calmed down a bit and life at Oakensted went back to normal:
Evander continued with his beloved fishing. He wasn’t exactly good at it, but he’d get there. He was only doing it because of the solitude, anyway.
However, he wasn’t always alone. Devi was usually ready to accompany him on his trips around the neighborhood, looking for frogs and fossils. But he didn’t mind Devi at all. She was calm and laid-back, too much in awe of nature to speak a word.
Devi has never teased him about being weird or antisocial. She hasn’t talk to him a lot and when she did it was about different baits and their effects on fish or about aquatic ecosystems or about the relations between clean water and tadpoles.
But most of the time, she minded her own bussiness. For Evander, it was impossible not to like her.
Devi was quickly becoming everyone’s favourite person. In a hectic, busy household like theirs, she provided her patient ears and much needed support.
When Mel was under pressure because of her confused feelings and heir responsibilities, Devi was there, listening. And when Mel was too busy with work to take care of her garden, Devi was also there, helping.
Or when Eira felt blue because all of her little darlings were growing up and leaving the nest one by one, Devi was there to distract her.
“Ah, sonata quasi una fantasia!” Eira sighed sentimentally. “It’s hard to say, my dear. Music is not a definite process, you see. I could play it technically perfect after a few weeks. But it took me years and years to fully experience the poetry and ferocity of it…”
Oh, those music lovers – one word about music and they’d never shut up. 🙂
And when Dory was insecure or scared or confused with the world and her place in it, Devi was right there, offering a comforting hug.
Eudora sure needed a little reassurance here and there. Being a teenager could be challenging, after all.
Especially when your sister is brutally honest Camilla.
Camilla’s advice was sometimes hauting her for hours.
But most of the times, Camilla was just an ordinary older sister.
But Camilla understood a few hours later, when she accidentally witnessed Dory’s conversation with Evander.
And she showed him a funny video with a dancing monkey.
Camilla thought it was pretty silly. She couldn’t even decide what was more insane – the video itself or the annoying tune that played in the backround. She wanted to stop the madness immediately.
But Evander laughed, so she said nothing. It was a rare occurence to see her little brother with a big smile on his face. And it looked like Dory’s frivolous nature and childlish jokes worked like a miraculous cure on his melancholy.
And Evander wasn’t the only one who bonded with teenage Dory very quickly. Now that she was an aspiring body builder, Adrian retired just to train her.
And although his advices could be quite harsh sometimes, Adrian was fighting happy tears when he saw her like that.
And Adrian just adored his active, sporty princesses.
Yes, thing went back to normal. Their days were once again full of llama jokes and autonomous hugs, their conversations full of warm compliments and encouraging words. Even though their tempers and interests sometimes collided, they knew that they’d always have each other.
So they went along their daily routines, laughing, gossiping, complaining, monkeying around…and just living.
And everything was alright.
Or was it?