Dreamers – part 10

So… here’s the next part of the story.  It was inspired by a picture prompt from NaNoWriYe’s DreamWidth.  I like the idea of Taurys painting with Milda.  It’s obvious that he really cares for his family.

art inspiration

Daina stepped into the sitting room and frowned. “Taurys,” she said, setting her hands on her hips. “We have to go to that banquet and… you aren’t even dressed yet!”

Taurys blinked at her and then looked at Milda. Milda shrugged. “We’re painting, Mama,” she said, waving at the canvas in front of her.

Frowning even more, Daina stepped over to the pair. The canvas as covered with acrylic paints. The colors swirled and mixed in what seemed, to her, to be completely random. “It’s lovely,” she said, her voice soft. She certainly wasn’t going to tell Milda that she couldn’t tell what it was.

Biting back a chuckle, Taurys handed her the paintbrush. “It won’t take me but a moment,” he said. Then, to Milda, he added, “Clean up your paints, dearest. Then, you can take off your smock and get your shoes.”

“Yes, Papa,” Milda said. As Taurys hurried out of the room, Milda took the brush from her mother. “We were making a picture of what Papa sees when he sleeps. He wants to show it Dr. Schneider to see what it is.”

Daina heaved a sigh and then took the paintbrushes. “I’ll wash these,” she said. “Go and find your shoes and don’t get any paint from you smock on your dress.”

“All right, Mama,” Milda said. Then, she scampered off to take off her smock. “Will Johannes be there, Mama?”

“I expect he will be,” Daina said, as she headed for the kitchen. She had just finished rinsing the brushes when Taurys came out of the bedroom. He was wearing a smartly tailored tuxedo.

As he caught her hand, he said, “Did I mention how lovely you look this evening? That shade of blue is perfect on you.”

“Thank you,” Daina said. Then, she let him escort her to the door and settle her wrap over her shoulders. The clock on the wall over the mantle read ten minutes after five o’clock. “We’re going to be late.”

“Not unless we hit a lot of traffic,” Taurys said, shaking his head. He glanced around and then said, “Milda?” A moment later, she was at his side. He smoothed her hair with one hand and then tugged the door opened.

Taurys led the way to the car, tugging the door opened, so that they could get into the car ahead of him. Giving Daina a playful wink, he headed around to the driver’s side and turned the key in the ignition. As the engine roared to life, he said, “I’ll need to have a word with Felicja and Gilbert. Think you can handle the kids?”

Daina nodded. “Are you going to go on another mission so soon?” she asked, her voice soft. “You only just got home.”

“The last trip was for some testing,” he said, rather than answering the question. “This… shouldn’t take me away from home. Most of the work is going to be at the lab, here in town.” His brows furrowed and he gave her a sidelong glance. “It’s about Valdis and Ilya, but… I can’t say more than that.”

Daina frowned and nodded. “You don’t have to,” she assured him. She knew enough about what had happened to him to be able to guess what could possibly involve the two Veligradian agents now. “Dr. Alexandrova has a lot to answer for,” she added.

“You have no idea,” Taurys said. Daina wasn’t completely certain that he knew she’d heard the softly spoken words. However, she nodded and then looked out the car window at the passing scenery. As Taurys had said, they would be at the event just in time.

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