Uber writing session--lots of dialogue, so it seemed to go really quickly. Hence, the large amount written (although it was over two sessions to get that much written).
Delwok cared for the boy, but only so much as a relative. He and Vayad spent little time together, only the bare minimum it seemed. Whereas, he and Natali chatted often. She enjoyed the deep and varied conversation they would have—something his wife and he rarely had. He recognized that Natali merely wanted to glean information from him. So he abliged. There was no one else to talk to, and she did not come around often enough for him to resent her company. She kept mostly away, but her company over the dozen or so times that she came by in those many months was a pleasant change of pace.
I'm back. Been editing, thinking, planning, and plotting. Sometimes you need to ponder to progress. Pondering was a success!
..."Sorcerer pens? What you keep sorcerer prisoners in?"
"You'll see them here in a few seconds. But yes. They're filled with water and a sorcerer is shackled inside. The metal is kept cool by the water, so that the sorcerer can't melt the chains. Nor can he cast spells since his hands and feel are underwater. Well, you could cast underwater, but the water would dissipate anything but the largest of air disturbance spells. The issue is that since you are underwater, it would likely hurt you far more than the study iron cell. Right?"...