Ranara and her little daughter Azabel move to Urtho's Tower when the latter can say six words ("up", "mama", "milk", "no", "now", and "please") and hasn't started to walk yet. Ranara sets up to teach little children to read, ones who don't have evident Gifts yet - Ranara herself has Mindspeech, is all, with about a classroom's worth of range. Azabel sits in on classes, worn on her mother's back or later plopped in a corner with toys or, when she's only four, plopped in a corner with a book, younger than the other kids in the class. When Azabel has in fact sat through her mother's curriculum she is turned somewhat loose, to walk very carefully up and down and around the Tower, exploring.
Skan puzzles over it very seriously! He finds it hard to wrap his head around but he's trying so hard.
Aza has known the alphabet for years and tries to be patient but that is hard.
Skan gets some of his letters down, sort of, but it's hard going. Eventually he slumps down on the library floor.
"Look, I know I am sstupid, I can ssee you are ssmarter, I am not blind. I am trying!"
"Maybe that's as many letters as you can learn in a day. We can try again tomorrow."
Skan flops on the floor in despair about being so stupid!
It's short-lived despair, though, in keeping with his attention span. Soon he hops up again and suggests they go look for enemies in the gardens.
"I don't want to find enemies! If we found any they'd attack us and if we didn't find any it would mean there weren't any there so why were we looking."
"Because I want to fight enemies!" Bounce bounce bounce.
"Well I don't! I can't even run."
"Awww." Skan is thinking that fine, it's probably rude to keep insisting when poor Azabel can't even run. "What do you wanna do then?"
"I wanna read more books! And explore more of the Tower, it's very big."
"Oooh we should explore - I heard the Tower is the tallest building EVER, we could try to go to the very very top!"
"Oooh okay! Can you fly yet -"
"A little!" He demonstrates for her, flapflapflap he can flutter up to the ceiling and make it halfway down the hall and then he glides awkwardly down and lands in a heap.
"Hmmm but you sure can't carry me. Do you have parents who could carry me all the way to the top -"
"Can't we jusst go up the elevator?"
"I guess the first time we can go up the elevator but do you think they could carry me, it looks fun." She heads for the elevator.
"Maybe, but they are very bussy. Being grownup sssounds very bad. Bussssy all the time."
He follows her to the elevator.
"I like being busy! What do your parents do?" Into the elevator they go. How does this thing work.
You have to say a word and then the magic activates and the platform starts going up!
"My parentss work with Urtho. I am not ssure what they do."
"Maybe he gets them to fly him around. That's what I'd do probably. I guess he can Gate but that doesn't look the same sort of fun."
"When I'm bigger I could fly and carry you!"
They ride up and up and up. The elevator-platform passes by windows, sometimes, which show the ground further and further away.
"That would be so great!"
Up and up and up. "Ooooooh."
The elevator won't take them all the way to the very top of the spire, which Skan is disappointed about, but it does bring them to a sort of glassed-in observation deck that runs in a circle all the way around the spire, three-quarters of the way to its peak.
Skan skips and bounces around it, claws skittering on the marble floor. "Look! Itss sso high!"
"Wow, you can see for miles!!"
"We could try to ssee if there are enemiess! Can you ssee any?"