After a long night watching over family members who kept insisting that they didn't need to be watched over, Ryleh headed back to her lair for a nap, or at least a pot of tea. She was surprised to find a note waiting for her there. She read it. Then she sat down and read it again. She was surprised at how hard it hit her. It shouldn't have surprised her. It had been a long time since she had had peers, let alone a friend, if she ever had that before at all. It had been easier when she hadn't known what she was missing. Sheessuorusen had been recalled back to the court of the sea king along with his young ward because of the concern over a Siren having a teaching post at Avalon. She knew from their many talks that it was unlikely that his duties would allow him to so much as visit anytime in the next century at least. And for the first time in a long time she had to accept just how lonely her existence was. She laid her head down on the table and sobbed.