There was an air of familiarity around the Praxeum now. Vera had been here long enough that she had gotten to know the many people around the grounds on a first name basis, which to her was amazing. Silver Rest had been so huge that she hadn’t even been able to remember half the people’s names, but here they all felt a bit like one big family; close-knit and warm. It reminded Vera of home in a sense, and while the thoughts of her mother and father were still prevalent she felt that they no longer were as intrusive as they had been when she first got here.
She had people around her to fill their place. People who came from all different walks of life, and when one of those people got knocked down they would find that the collective as a whole came around to pick them back up. Harper, Alden’s friend, was no different in that regard. As Alden’s apprentice it surprised Vera how little time she had managed to spend with Harper, but given the nature of what had happened around the time she was brought in it wasn’t really all that surprising at all.
Harper had seen hell, and she had marched back home afterwards for better or worse. The part where she had suffered would end, and now came the part where she would get better. With time, it would be a bad memory and things would return to what they once were. Or so Vera hoped. To hope was one of the few things she could do given the nature of it all. In the end recovery was up to Harper herself, and that was something Vera could only help affect to the degree which Harper would let her.
At least that’s what the Masters around the praxeum grounds had said. Vera let a careful knock sound against the door to Harper’s room before she reached for the door to open it up. Her tiny white-haired fox was with her for this one and Vera wouldn’t have it any other way. In her hands was a tray with a warm water kettle, two cups and a wide assortment of teas. It was what her mother used to treat her children to when they were sick, and while Harper wasn’t sick Vera hoped that she would find comfort in the beverage much like she did.
“I’ve brought you tea.” Vera said and beamed a smile at the injured blonde. “And company, if you don’t mind.”