Fire Child - part 2"I get to go to school?"
Maxwell smiled, inwardly breathing a sigh of relief. He hoped that keeping Garnet busy would soften the blow of having her life ripped out from under her. It was just as well. The Wise Man has ordered that her schooling start immediately. Maxwell reached out a hand to catch Garnet as she was now jumping up and down on the bed in excitement. For all the Wise Man's insistence that Named children were near-indestructible, Maxwell still did not want to risk the girl hurting herself.
"Alright, you little monkey, calm down a bit so we can get you ready."
Garnet paused in her jumping. "What's a monkey?"
"It's a funny-looking little animal that likes to jump on beds." Once he was sure Garnet had calmed down, he let her go and moved to rummage through a few drawers. "Now let's see if the Wise Man actually had the foresight to—ah! There we are." Maxwell pulled a few articles of clothing out and laid them on the bed.
"Hey," Garnet squeaked as she watched him,
Fire Child - part 1A woman sat on the floor of a room littered with toys, her dark copper hair streaked with red and gold strands. A little girl sat across from her, hair and eyes red as hot coals, mouth spread in a wide grin. The girl's mother was rolling a ball toward her, which chimed as it moved. The mother's eyes, a very reddish shade of violet, shone with adoration as her daughter rolled the ball back to her.
"Mommy, how does it make music like that? Is it magic like you?"
"No, my little firebug. It has chimes inside, and moving it makes them ring. See, if you toss it carelessly like this," she tossed the ball in the air, letting it fall to the floor with a clang, "it creates discord." She paused as she heard a door open elsewhere in the house. "Sounds like your father's home."
The little girl looked up eagerly, though she remained seated on the floor. Heavy footsteps sounded along the hallway, then a man poked his head into the room. His hair was a red as his daughter's, his eyes as cold as hers w