Writing Challenge #12DaysOfTurvy Day Four: Quirky Traditions

The characters are from Sentinals Banished, the 5th book in the Sentinal series- though these events are all made up for the #12DaysOfTurvywriting challenge and are out of sequence and do not exist in the book.


Leyarille is Jerrol and Taelia’s daughter, born at the beginning of Book 4, Sentinals Across time. She is now 17, as is Jared, Alyssa and Jennery’s second son.

Marianille and Birlerion are Sentinals, and step-brother/Step-sister.

Niallerion is a sentinal and Marianille’s husband.

Dec. 4: Quirky Traditions

Marianille sat at the table and wove the pine boughs into a circle, twisting a thin wire around them to keep them in place. “I’m surprised we have enough to make a wreath,” she said as she worked. “What with you all preferring to throw snowballs at each other.”

Niallerion chuckled as he toasted his toes in front of the fire. “You have plenty of greenery to choose from.”

“And some holly as well.” Birlerion said from his seat opposite Niallerion. “You were lucky we found some with red berries.”

“They are perfect,” she said as she threaded a stem in between the pine leaves. She picked up a feathery frond and smiled. “My mother used to love making the wreath. She said it was the beginning of the festivities when we hung it on the door.”

“I remember the house in Vespers. I’d never seen so much greenery inside a house before,” Birlerion said. “It was like she had brought the forest inside. The scent of pine was amazing.”

Marianille paused and smiled at her brother. “Our mother had a knack of transforming the plainest item into something magical.” She chuckled. “Even Tagerill. Remember how he used to complain about wearing court dress?” She began to giggle. “All those ruffles.”

Birlerion laughed with her before his expression became pensive. “I never understood why Tage ransacked the place looking for that small clay pot, and then when he found it, he made a young serving girl smash it on the hall floor.”

“Oh, that was Penner’s fault. When Tage was younger, Penner told him that he had to hunt for the urn. Only children who found one and offered it to someone who needed it more than them would receive a gift. It was a way to wear him out and to teach him to think of others. I think Penner enjoyed the hide and seek, and Ma and Pa enjoyed the reprieve.” Her face lit up with amusement. “Of course, Tagerill being who he was, always wanted to know what was inside, so he’d make a servant smash it open once he found it. I bet he still does it today. We never told him. Why spoil his fun? Or ours!” Marianille looked at her husband. “Speaking of fun. Did you get the theatre tickets?”

“Of course, I did,” Niallerion replied.

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