Since Priya didn't get a chance to enjoy any time for herself the first thing we do is set her free into the kingdom.
And the first thing she does is head to the tea house.
Where she meets up with Mrs Patel.
And Vivien Cho.
It feels so good to catch up with the going's on in town.
She also picks up a new dress, something a little less Japanese and more Hindi-esque.
Lady Wan has invited Priya and a group of others to go out for the evening. Since I don't really have a downtown to speak of, they headed to the food enthusiest hangout under Hobbies.
After the debacle with Mr. Patel, the Wan's keep a close eye on Xiao Sying.
Leaving Priya to entertain the party mostly by herself.
Back home, it's Mitra's birthday!
Family, and others, at his side he pops into childhood.
A perfect match to Ravi and Priya.
And after Priya's adventurous last few days, she's ready to take it easy and nurture her beloved.
She playfully teases that she and Sanjay are behind the other families in baby-making. She suggests they make up for it.
Sanjay is very interested in this idea and before long there's a little lullaby heard.
But with only eight days in her adulthood, the last child won't even be out of toddlerhood before she becomes an elder. Thankfully, Nobles and Merchants are allowed one allotment of green life in their life time.
She takes no more than her allotment and lengthens her adulthood by three days.
Her family is a fine one and about to get larger; she is very keen on being around to see them as long as she can.
And while out shopping for new maternity wear she runs into the Empress. They become best friends. Priya is overjoyed.
But on her way home after a relaxing massage one of the travellers of the Silk Road is struck by lighning.
Armando Cox. Oh dear. Is he going to drown?
Oh no. He's alive.
When Priya comes home, she spontaneously combusts into a fiery plume.
Her family are at work and at school.
And unable to put her out. The life with her taken as well. What caused her to catch fire? I have no answer. She was just making Mitra's bed and burst into flame.
The family come home that day with not the slightest idea of what happened.
The day his wife disappeared is the same day Sanjay become a General, topping his career and fulfilling his duty to his emperor and the empire.
Their legacy relies on two young children. They will need the best in life.
Speaking of the best, it's now time for Sanjay to continue the struggle of parenthood alone.
He hires an instructor to teach his children. But the instuctor won't come so easily.
He must be impressed with the state of affairs of this Noble family.
Despite the lack of a mother, any servants, and so few children, the instructor says he will do what he can for this family. Sanjay is grateful.
In a couple more days, young Ravi, motherless and now with much familial burden on his shoulders needs to learn to leave childhood behind him and grow up.
But he is a rebel and rolls Pleasure for his aspiration. He will not roll over so easily. He is defiant, but care-free. And anything but hostile.
Sanyjay will just have to learn to tolerate his free-spiriting son. Not to mention keep his things tidy. He and Priya were always very neat.
Sanjay enjoys a morning workout next to her grave. He contemplates his first born. His heir. While Sanjay opted for the military route, he doubts very much Ravi will have any militant interest. Sanjay spent the better part of his life building an army that will serve loyally to his empire. And although it disappoints him to know Ravi won't follow in his footsteps, the General is a well rounded man.
He has his flaws, but he does love his son.
Being both parents is a tough job. And with no answers about Priya, Sanjay can only wonder.
The Spirit of Priya can sense her husbands uncertainty.
She wishes there was something she could do to show him she's still with him.
Some way she could continue to be with them... without scaring them half to death.
With the weekend finally here, the boys head out to enjoy themselves.
Young Mitra meets Teruo Vu, second or third to the royal line.
Oh hello, Crispy Cox. Feeling good, I see. Probably happy to be alive. :D
Mitra, while chatting up royalty, meets Veni Patel. And, after having made friends with Teruo already, takes a step back for the Merchant boy to meet one of the royal family.
After a morning out, they come back and Ravi tends his mothers garden.
And have a session of Tai Chi on it's outskirts.
When Mitra spontaneously combusts.
And while Sanjay is trying to put out his youngest, his oldest also spontaneously combusts.
And then Sanjay himself spontaneously combusts. There isn't any fire in the area. It's a nice summer day, but not extrememly roasting. And the fire on the people isn't spreading to anything else. I have a bugged lot.
Cutting off the invisible fire for now, I'll need to move the noble family out, and remake their home on an uncorrupted patch of land. You better believe I exited without saving. There's no accounting for spontaneous combustion and no fault on my part.
Had I known that Priya's death was the result of a glitch I would not have acquiesced. Sadly, however, I have saved since that fateful day.
One last day of autumn to enjoy before we leave the unfortunate Ramaswami family.
Sanjay prays for prosperity in the coming season. The shrine responds with a promising glow.
Perhaps Ravi will meet his future bride then.
But for now, Ravi remains obsinant, focusing his delights and attentions on simpler pleasures. Thank you for reading. ^ ^