Sigh When will all this chaos end? I think I need to take a break from all this...
"Umm, guys? I think I'm gonna go home now..." I say to an unlistening group of girls.
"Uh huh, ok." Glow says waving her hand.
Sigh... I walk away and out into the street of the Flying L. Stepping into an ally I bring out my Aethermeter.
"Take me home." I whisper and disappear in a flash of purple.
I step out of the Aetherstep at Jefferson's Camp. Home, at last. I smile and look around. Jefferson at his desk, pets in their dens, all was normal here. Noticing the flag up I walk over to the mailbox. Opening the door I peek inside, expecting to see a cog or pipe I instead see a letter.
A letter? I wonder who it's for... I grab the letter and head across an ice bridge to the cozy wood cabin where we sleep and cook.
Sitting down beside Willow on the rug in front of the big stone fireplace I look at the letter and notice it's for me.
"A letter for me? I've never gotten a letter before! I wonder who it's from?" I open the envelope and gasp.
"A Christmas card! Willow I got a Christmas card!!" I open up the decorated card and read.
"Miss Lila Lightcraft of the Slurries," I giggle, "So fancy Willow! It's like I'm important or something!"
"You are cordially invited to Gloria Oldenpinner's Christmas party! There will be cookies, tea, and lots of fun. Please come to Gloria's house this afternoon for the party. We would be delighted if you came. Yours truly, Glow Bear"
I blushed. "Aww, this is so cool! Of course I'll come Willow, why wouldn't I? You'll come too... Ah ah ah don't you meow like that with me Willow, you'll come if you want to or not!... Yes I know it's cold but we can dress warmly, remember that Sugar Plum Fairy costume I got you for your birthday?... I know you thought it looked silly but everyone else didn't!... Oh fine we can wear those matching Christmas sweaters how about that?... Great!."
I put on a sweater that has a cat with a Santa hat on it and says "Merry Catmas!" And puts Willow's on too. Then we step outside to say goodbye to Jefferson.
"Jefferson, I'm going to a party!" I call out not expecting him to answer but suddenly Jefferson leaps up and runs over.
"What party? Who's hosting it? Where's it going to be? How long is it?" My eyes widen, then turn up with concern.
"It's ok Jefferson, it's Gloria's party, you've met her before, it's at her house. I'm not sure how long it is but I'm sure it's going to be fine, I'll be very careful getting there don't worry."
Jefferson sighs, with relief or stress I couldn't tell.
"All right. Well, have fun." Then he turns and goes back to work at his table.
Poor Jefferson, he's probably very worried about me.
Why would he be? Willow asks, I had discovered that she could hear and respond to my thoughts. You're perfectly fine in my opinion.
Well, he once told me that he gets worried when I go out alone because he's worried I'll get captured by the Empire. He told me that I'm probably the weakest member of the Resistance, and that if I get kidnapped it would be easy for me to crack and tell them all about us.
Well that's very rude, doesn't he know I exist? I'm coming with you you won't be alone!
I laugh inside my head. Yes, I suppose he forgot about my warrior Willow! I'll be safe from anything when you're around.
Hmph, I'll make sure of that. If any Autoofficer tries to take my Lila they'll get claws and teeth.
Haha! Thanks, Willow.
We had made a good way across the Slurries when the conversation stopped. I picked Willow up and took out my Aethermeter.
"Take us to Gloria's house." I tell it and a tornado of Aether takes us into the air. We disappear, and Willow lets out a squeak.
What's wrong Willow? You've traveled in the Aethermeter before.
I-I know, it's just... I don't like it when home disappears.
It's ok Willow, you're with me, I'll protect you.
No, it is I who will protect you!
Haha! Right, warrior Willow will protect me! Hold on now, we're here.
Willow clings to me as we land inside a cozy home with a blazing fire place. Gloria looks up and smiles. She has a gingham apron on and her sleeves are rolled up.
"Hello Lila! You're very early, would you like to make cookies with me?"
I grin, "Of course I will! Is it ok if Willow's here?"