The Final Yule Destination

So far I haven’t gotten around to writing today, but never fear, I’ll do that today.  For most of the day I’ve been taking it easy and I plan on getting in my thousand or so words around the time my dinner is ready.

In the mean time, I may as well get the rest of Kerry’s trip to Bulgaria out to you.

It’s not only coming, but I’m going to give you a quick video as well.  So hang on–

 

(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016, 2017, 2018 by Cassidy Frazee)

 

—Where he was standing in a large, clear area in front of a somewhat unassuming house. There was snow everywhere and the wind was blowing. It also seemed far colder than school had been yesterday.

Pavlina released Kerry’s hand. “Let’s get inside before we freeze.” She headed for the house at a brisk pace, levitating Kerry’s bag behind her. Victor did the same with Annie’s luggage and motioned with his hand to open the door just as Pavlina stepped on to the porch. Everyone was inside less than five seconds later.

Kerry stood to one side as Annie’s family made their way to the center of the room. This gave him the chance to examine his surrounding. While he’d heard Annie’s descriptions of her home many times, his first impression of the room in which he stood—he figured it for the living room—was that it appeared quite simple for the home of a Formula 1 driver and his pharmaceutical research spouse. Then again, there was nothing visible that told him he was also standing inside the home of three witches—

 

In a couple of scenes we’ll get a better view of the area where the Kirilovi’s live, but needless to say, they don’t live anywhere in town: they’re right up in the mountains.  Which means there’s snow and not a little isolation.  Which means nothing when you can jaunt from Vienna to your home in the blink of an eye.

And now that we’re home and inside, let’s look around:

 

Pavlina turned towards Kerry and addressed him. “Alright, Kerry. Let me give you a quick tour of the mail floor. Right now we’re in the living room, but we only use this when we’re entertaining.” She pointed towards a door at his left. “That the front closet. We usually put visitor’s gear there, but you’re not one of those people. We also have our cleaning supplies there. To your right—” She pointed at the door immediately across from the closet. “That leads to the lower level and Victor’s and my private residence, as well as the tunnel to my lab and the lake house. While you may use to tunnel to travel to the lake house and back, I ask that you don’t enter our residence or my lab.”

He nodded. “Sure. I won’t go to either of those places unless invited.”

“Thank you. “Now—” Pavlina turned and pointed to an open door in the far right corner. “That’s Victor’s office. He won’t conduct much business while you’re here, but if the door is closed he’s busy and you shouldn’t bother him.”

“If the door’s open you can go in and look at my brooms; I have them in cases.” Victor offered a wide smile. “I would ask, however, that you not attempt to open the cases, nor go through my desk.”

“I wouldn’t think of it.” Kerry nodded. “Though I would like to see your equipment when we have time. Also, I brought my broom: I thought I’d get in a little flying over the holiday.

Victor’s smile grew brighter. “Excellent. I’m certain there’ll be time to fly. I’ll get you a stand for your broom if you like.”

“That would be great; I didn’t bring my stand from school.”

Pavlina decided to move the tour along. “If you’ll come here, Kerry.” She motioned to a closed door set in the far wall of the living room. “We’ll go there in a minute. The ground floor bathroom is to your left: it’s only a half-bath—” She stopped in the open space between two room. She motioned towards the large table in the middle of a brightly illuminated room. “This is the dining room. If we’re not eating out, we eat here. I’m sure Annie told you our dining rules?”

He shook his head once. “No electronic gear at the table, all phones off.”

“She’s training you up nicely. Here—” she motioned to her right. “—is the kitchen. There are plenty of snacks in the refrigerator and pantry, but I ask that you not spoil your appetite before we dine. That door there leads to the mudroom, which leads to the back porch and the back meadow. When we leave the house it’s usually through there, so you’ll find coats, boots, all outdoor gear there. Now, I know you brought your winter coat—” She pointed him and at the dark blue coat he wore. “—but as I’m sure you discovered, while it might work in a Salem winter, it won’t do up here in the mountains. So we pulled out some of Victor’s old things so you’ll have a proper coat, hat, mittens, and boots.”

Kerry hesitated before speaking. “Thanks, but I also brought my cold wear flying gear—”

“Which is white so it acts as camouflage when airborne.” Victor chuckled. “If you were outside by yourself and something happened to you, we couldn’t see you.”

After careful consideration Kerry agreed. “You’re right.”

Pavlina smiled back at him. “We’ll size you up tomorrow morning. Also, those stairs—” She pointed at a spiral staircase going up. “They lead to Annie’s floor—which is where she should go so she can adjust and we can go to dinner later.”

 

I thought this description might be a little too much, so I included a video.  Which may or may not answer everything for you.

 

Annie’s on her way to her room to get adjusted.  Which means that leaves Kerry alone with the parents.  Since he needs to get settled…

 

“I’ve gotten the hint, Mama.” She pulled her bag towards the stairs. “I see you in a few hours.”

Pavlina stepped in front of her. “Is your adjustment mixture in your bag?”

“No, it’s in my purse.”

“Then go on up and get adjusted. I’ll bring your bag us after getting Kerry settled.”

“Okay, Mama.” She gave Pavlina a hug then turned and hugged Victor. “It’s good to be home.” She glanced towards Kerry before addressing everyone. “See you in a few hours.”

As Annie headed up the stairs Pavlina touched Kerry on the shoulder. “Let me show you your room.”

They returned to the closed door off the living room. Pavlina waved it open and moved aside to allow Kerry entry after her retrieved his luggage. She stood just inside the doorway as she spoke. “This is the guest room. This is where Victor and I first slept when be bought the house, then it was Annie’s room after she was born. We moved her up to the first floor when she was almost seven and it’s been the guest room ever since.

“This door—” She reached for the door immediately to her left “—is the walk-in closet. You can put your things here. That—” She pointed to another door just to the right of the closet “—is the bathroom. It’s a full bath, so you will have all the privacy you need.” Pavlina motioned to the large roll-top desk to her right. “We brought in a desk and chair so you have a place for you computer—you brought that, didn’t you?”

Kerry finally removed his backpack and set it next to his luggage. “Yes, right here.”

“You won’t have any trouble logging into the wifi as we’re the only router for kilometers. I’ll give you the password later.”

“Thanks.”

“You have an end table over there and a wardrobe as well. Feel free to use both.”

“I will.” He looked down, suddenly humbled. “I want to thank you again for letting me stay with you.”

“There’s no need, Kerry. It’s our pleasure.” Pavlina moved so she was standing directly in front of the boy. “Remember, by you being here, you’re ensuring that Annie has a wonderful holiday as well. And that means Victor and I will also have a wonderful holiday, so you see how it all comes back to this moment?”

Kerry smiled as he nodded. “I do.”

“Good. Do you have your adjustment?”

He pointed at his backpack. “In there.”

“Then I’ll let you get adjusted.”

Kerry stopped Pavlina before she left. “Do I need to dress up tonight?”

She shook her head. “No, it’s going to be casual. What you have on will do.” She stepped into the doorway. “Have a good rest.” She stepped into the living room and the door closed behind her.

Kerry picked up his backpack and removed his pajamas from where he’s stashed them before leaving the hospital. He changed, used the bathroom, then drank his adjustment mixture before quickly crawling under the covers.

He fell asleep thinking about how nice the pillow felt…

 

As you can read, this is quite the departure from when he’s come home for Yule before.  At least we can be assured that he’s not going to get slapped across the face like his mother did to him last Christmas Eve.  I dare say this visit is going to go a lot better.

Now that he’s “home”, I guess everyone should get something to eat–