Jourd’Aradia, 23rd Novena
The next day, Ghia said her farewells to her friends in the Regiments as they left for leave vacation―the consensus, unspoken, was to leave before the Empress changed her mind.
Most of the goodbyes were formal, despite her closeness with some of the people. Suckers for protocol, the lot of them, she thought with a smile. Curiosity got the best of her and she’d asked each person where she would go. That Yarrow chose Harbourtown was no surprise, nor Caelum’s choice of Southland. Sentiment and family, respectively, called to them. Interestingly, they were going alone to each place, and apparently had no plans of rejoining. This was not surprising to the healer as, despite the block, she could still feel Yarrow’s anger and Caelum’s melancholy. She hoped a month apart would give them time to work out the quarrel and move towards reconciliation.
Anita and Leala were going to Two-Sides, which was expected as well, despite the small danger in store for bellica and majora of the Third Regiment. The east end of Two-Sides was technically part of Nucalif, though Anita had assured her they’d done no damage to the city on the East Campaign.
“What would be the point in destroying one half of a city? They got the message clear enough; we don’t expect any trouble,” she’d said with a smile. Leala had nodded, embraced Ghia quickly, and then the two of them took off, in high spirits.
She watched them go, waving, and then turned to Anala and Aro, who showed all evidence of leaving together. “Where are you two headed?” she asked as she drew near.
“Not sure,” replied Anala as Aro said “Aeril.”