Jasmine Sends for Help

 

When Luna left her daughter with the nervous new mother, Jasmine thought about the things she would need for the baby. She and Jerrardo were going to wait until they’d been married for a few years in order to save up to afford a child. There was nothing to feed or clothe her baby with, and it was too cold outside for her to travel anywhere. One of her servants was walking through the hall, and Jasmine called to her, “Hey, you! Whoever you are! Come step inside my sitting room, I need to talk to you”. The servant turned around and went back to the door, she said, “It’s me Ballista. What can I do for you Miss Jasmine?” The servant continued into the room, and was amazed by the sight in front of her. Her boss was holding a baby, and she was crying. “Miss Jasmine? Are you alright? Whose baby is that, and why are you holding it?” Ballista asked.

Jasmine looked up, and smiled at her servant. She said, I am alright. The baby is now mine. Come meet my pretty new daughter, Ballista”. The conflicted demon went further into the room, and sat on the ottoman by the professor’s feet. Ecko was laying on her chest, neither of them having moved since the moment Luna placed her daughter on her best friend’s chest. She told Ballista, “Listen to me, well. I need you to take one of the passenger carriages to my mother’s house. You know she’s Gwendolyn. Tell her she needs to come back with you right away. Tell her I need her to help me with something extremely urgent. Tell her I need her right now. Go, Ballista.

Get my mother to come back with you. Oh, tell Gwendolyn I’m sorry it’s such an ungodly hour, and I wouldn’t come to call on her this late if I didn’t truly need her. Ballista, don’t you say one word to her about the baby, it is to be a surprise”. Hurry back, now”.As she waited for her servant and her mother to return, Jasmine thought about how much trouble she may have gotten herself in. One thing she knew for certain, trouble or not, she would most definitely adopt for the princess a brother or sister. She couldn’t imagine Ecko growing up without a sibling for companionship, her parents gave her several brothers and sisters. It would be a couple years, but she would see to it that the princess had someone to grow up with.

While she waited for Ballista to return with her mother, Jasmine thought about a future with a princess toddler, and the one decision she made immediately was that she would be sure to adopt a sibling to be companionship for Ecko. Her daughter would not grow up without someone to be a friend and someone she can confide in. Jasmine had several brothers and sisters, she always chose to be friends with the ones who were not hanging out with the babies. She didn’t like kids back then, but when the discussion came up between herself and her ex fiance,

Jasmine had been open to suggestions on the topic. Jerrardo would have been overjoyed to see that she had finally decided to become a mother. She wished he was there to help her, but he passed away in an accident caused by the axle breaking off the carriage he was driving, and throwing him into a tree. The impact was significant enough to cause Jerrardo to bleed to death. The thought made the magix professor shiver, she had not thought about that night in many years. It hurt her heart to know she’d be a parent on her own, but she knew that his spirit would always be there when she needed to talk.

Jasmine was growing anxious as the time for her mother to arrive drew near, and she was amazed that Ecko was still fast asleep. The only indication of life in the infant was when she would let out a sigh, which helped keep the professor from panicking when she thought her baby wasn’t breathing.

She got out of her chair and found her way out of the sitting room. She was looking for someone to go get guardian Aimes, and bring him to her. Eventually, after making her way to the kitchen, Jasmine found Cryer who was working close to the manor, “My faithful messenger, I need you to go out and find Aimes and tell him that I need to talk to him. Be sure he knows that he knows that I want him here, right away”.

The conflicted demon left immediately, in search of the guardian Jasmine was looking for, she knew of a few places he could be, and took one of the horses in order to get there faster than running on foot. Jasmine stepped back into the kitchen, and shut the door. She found her luck to be changing because another of her workers, Shayde, was in the hallway, and she said, “My friend, I would like to have a word with you”. The servant stepped into the kitchen to see what Jasmine needed, “Yes, ma’am, Miss Jasmine? What can I do for you? Shayde inquired.

“Please come take the baby and hold her. I have got to visit the washroom, and she’s fast asleep”, Jasmine answered. Her servant took the baby bundle, and let her boss take a break. She was a mother, herself and she knew exactly what Jasmine was going through. Though she would advise that once a crib had been acquired to be careful of spoiling the baby by holding her too much. She wanted to help look out for that precious little one in the bearskin, and when Jasmine returned, she told her how she felt.

“It’s nice to know you want to lend a hand with the baby, and you will be among the first I call on. I’ve seen you with your family, and I might be able to learn some stuff from you. I’ll take whatever help I can get, remember it takes a village to raise a child”, Jasmine said. She welcomed any advice that parents wanted to share, and she did not have a preference as to who was allowed to help.Finally, after three hours of waiting, she heard her mother jiggling the door to her sitting room.

Overwhelmed, Jasmine immediately began to cry. Gwendolyn raced to her side and held her close. Neither of them spoke, they only wanted to be in that particular moment, and no one was allowed in. As mother comforted daughter, she wondered what could have her oldest daughter in tears.

Gwendolyn said, “Shh, mommy’s here. There’s no reason for the sadness. Whatever you’re going through, we’ll get through it together. Tell me why you sent for me at such an ungodly hour”.

“The reason I’m crying and the reason I sent for you are actually the same. Mom, I want you to meet your first grandchild, her name is Ecko, and I’m adopting her from the queen”. Jasmine held her arms out and offered the bundle to her mother. Gwendolyn was taken aback by what her daughter said, she didn’t know what to say. She took the bearskin with the baby inside, and looked to see if her grandchild was sleeping in a way so her face was uncovered. She could only see the top of the little one’s head, but she accepted her as family.

She was proud of her daughter, and told her, “Jasmine, I never thought I’d see the day when you decided to become a mother, and I must say that it suits you very well. You have made your momma proud, and I know that if your daddy were still here today, he’d be proud of you, too”.

Gwendolyn was overwhelmed with emotions, and she began to cry. The two of them, mother and daughter, sat alone and cried.

After a while, Jasmine lifted her head, and said, “Thanks for interrupting your life, and everything you have going on, in order to come here and help me. You are the most amazing female elf to ever live.”

“I live to hear my children tell me that. One day, there will be a little elven princess who will come to you and she will basically say the same thing. First, unfortunately, you may have to go through a phase where she hates you, but even then she will love you. It’s not easy raising a child, they go through so many changes and friends and lovers, and when you think they’re going to do one thing, they do something else that either shocks you or pisses you off. You have to do a lot of growing and learning, and you have to love her unconditionally. Never be crazy enough to try and turn your back on her, because you will only cause yourself misery. All you can do is the best you can. You teach her manners and respect, loyalty and trust. Show her how to live off the land, in case this world ever reverts back to that way of life. Let her get her feelings hurt, but never allow anyone to completely run her into the ground. Teach her magix, th”Please come take the baby and hold her. I have got to visit the washroom, and she’s fast asleep”, Jasmine answered. Her servant took the baby bundle, and let her boss take a break. She was a mother, herself and she knew exactly what Jasmine was going through. Though she would advise that once a crib had been acquired to be careful of spoiling the baby by holding her too much. She wanted to help look out for that precious little one in the bearskin, and when Jasmine returned, she told her how she felt.

“It’s nice to know you want to lend a hand with the baby, and you will be among the first I call on. I’ve seen you with your family, and I might be able to learn some stuff from you. I’ll take whatever help I can get, remember it takes a village to raise a child”, Jasmine said. She welcomed any advice that parents wanted to share, and she did not have a preference as to who was allowed to help.Finally, after three hours of waiting, she heard her mother jiggling the door to her sitting room. Overwhelmed with emotions, Jasmine immediately began to cry. Gwendolyn raced to her side and held her close. Neither of them spoke, they only wanted to be in that particular moment, and no one was allowed in. As mother comforted daughter, she wondered what could have her oldest daughter in tears.

Gwendolyn said, “Shh, mommy’s here. There’s no reason for the sadness. Whatever you’re going through, we’ll get through it together. Tell me why you sent for me at such an ungodly hour”.

“The reason I’m crying and the reason I sent for you are actually the same. Mom, I want you to meet your first grandchild, her name is Ecko, and I’m adopting her from the queen”. Jasmine held her arms out and offered the bundle to her mother. Gwendolyn was taken aback by what her daughter said, she didn’t know what to say. She took the bearskin with the baby inside, and looked to see if her grandchild was sleeping in a way so her face was uncovered. She could only see the top of the little one’s head, but she accepted her as family.

She was proud of her daughter, and told her, “Jasmine, I never thought I’d see the day when you decided to become a mother, and I must say that it suits you very well. You have made your momma proud, and I know that if your daddy were still here today, he’d be proud of you, too”. Gwendolyn was overwhelmed with emotions, and she began to cry. The two of them, mother and daughter, sat alone and cried.

After a while, Jasmine lifted her head, and said, “Thanks for interrupting your life, and everything you have going on, in order to come here and help me. You are the most amazing female elf to ever live.”

“I live to hear my children tell me that. One day, there will be a little elven princess who will come to you and she will basically say the same thing. First, unfortunately, you may have to go through a phase where she hates you, but even then she will love you. It’s not easy raising a child, they go through so many changes and friends and lovers, and when you think they’re going to do one thing, they do something else that either shocks you or pisses you off. You have to do a lot of growing and learning, and you have to love her unconditionally.

“Never be crazy enough to try and turn your back on her, because you will only cause yourself misery. All you can do is the best you can. You teach her manners and respect, loyalty and trust. Show her how to live off the land, in case this world ever reverts back to that way of life. Let her get her feelings hurt, but never allow anyone to completely run her into the ground. Teach her magix, the same way I taught you. Don’t ever try to tell her that she cannot love someone, that will lead you down a road you do not want to go down. When it comes to that, you have to let her decide who she will be with. Just remember, you can’t help who you love, and as long as the one she loves is good to her, that’s really all you want. The rest, you must leave up to her, no matter what. I remember trying to interfere in Aiwin’s love life, she turned her back on me, and hasn’t spoken to me in twenty years.

“I’m telling you these things so that you have a better relationship with Ecko than I did with my mother. I want you two to have the kind of mother-daughter bond you and I have. I believe if your grandma would’ve given me this same type of advice, things may have been different with your siblings. I didn’t have very many problems with you because you didn’t give me any. I could tell you something, and you listened to every word I said. You were just wired that way. If this could be a good sign, you and Ecko already have something in common”, Gwendolyn said.

“How could we have anything in common already?” Jasmine asked her mother.

“When you were this age, you slept like a rock. I couldn’t tell you how much I worried about you, how many times I checked on you at night. I would put a finger below your nose to make sure you were still breathing”, she said.

“I cannot imagine you being scared. I’ve always known you to be a strong one”, Jasmine said.

“Yes, that’s what you have known, but you were my first child. Every mother is terrified they’re going to do something wrong with the first one. By the time you were old enough to understand, I had three more children. I had built up a little bit of toughness, and I didn’t have such thin skin. My feelings didn’t get hurt quite as easily”, Gwendolyn explained.

“So, basically, what you’re saying is in order to be a good mother, I should come to you when she’s a teenager, and drop her off on your doorstep, right? I’m just teasing you, mom. Don’t take me that seriously. I know exactly what you’re saying, and I really appreciate you taking the time to give me some advice because I’ve got no idea what I’m doing”, the professor said.

“Let me tell you this, too. Don’t think that when she starts school that life gets easier because you’ll get your feelings hurt. In all honesty, sending her to school will complicate things in a way you’re never going to expect, but that’s why I’m here. To help you make it through mommy-hood with little emotional scathing being done, and all you have to do is use the advice I give in the ways you need it. /if you don’t need the advice I offer, leave it on the table because you never know when you might need it.”, Gwendolyn said.

“Yet another reason I took a chance, and had Ballista pick you up at such an ungodly hour because you always know what to say”, Jasmine said.

“To be honest, I don’t always know what to say, and it’s not fair for you to think that way”, the elder said.

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