Litsewen: *is digging in nana's flower bed, mostly just making a mess*
Ecthelion: *smiles, watching her* You taking up gardening, Lit?
Litsewen: *nods, tossing another handful of dirt aside*
Maglor: *looking around the house for Lio, notices them out the window and can't help a small laugh to herself*
Ecthelion: *grins* You're going to have to replant all those flowers.
Litsewen: *wide eyes, shakes her head*
Litsewen: *shakes her head again*
Maglor: *walks out to join them, slipping an arm around Lio's waist* What trouble are you letting her get into?
Ecthelion: *smiles* She's gardening.
Maglor: Someone should teach her to do it properly. *sighs* You put the flowers -in- the ground, princess, not pull them out.
Ecthelion: *chuckles a little* We can fix it later.
Maglor: Good. I can't have my yard looking like a battle zone.
Litsewen: *looking up at her parents, then goes to find a doll and puts it in the hole she's made in the ground*
Ecthelion: Either she's having a funeral or she's unclear on the concept.
Litsewen: *looks around for the watering can*
Maglor: ...maybe she wants a doll-tree?
Ecthelion: *thoughtfully* We should find her other kids to play with...
Maglor: That might be a good idea. *puts a hand over her face* Oh, princess...
Litsewen: *watering her doll, might fall over with the watering can soon*
Ecthelion: *just laughs*
Litsewen: *does fall, spilling water everywhere, makes a surprised face as she suddenly gets very muddy*
Maglor: I think we're going to need a bath. You're such a dirty little thing. You must take after ada, that way. *goes to help Lit up*
Ecthelion: *smirks* Because you were such a perfect clean child.
Maglor: I was, actually. *wiping as much mud and dirt off of Lit as she can* Besides, you never grew out of it.
Litsewen: *squirms, doesn't get nana's obsession with being clean*
Ecthelion: Oh psh. Let her play for a while. We'll give her a bath before bed.
Maglor: *sighs* Fine. *kisses Lit's nose* Go be a messy little girl.
Litsewen: *smiles and goes back to playing in the mud she's made*
Ecthelion: *grins* We could get her a dog.
Maglor: Or a sister...
Ecthelion: *arches an eyebrow* Hmmm?
Maglor: *repeats* A sister. *reaches for his hand from where she's now sitting on the grass*
Ecthelion: *glances at their hands and then at her face* You.... don't want to have more kids.
Maglor: *shifts closer to him* Not yet, no. Pregnancy is hard. I know you want a small army, though.
Ecthelion: *shakes his head* Eh, not if it's that hard on you.
Maglor: We can have a few more that way, when I'm ready. *leans against him now, nuzzling her head against his neck* What about adopting?
Ecthelion: *slowly* You want to adopt?
Maglor: I would consider it, with the right child.
Ecthelion: Mmm. And how would we find the right child?
Maglor: I think your heart has already found her. *takes her turn to look at their hands*
Maglor: *doesn't like that* ...What?
Ecthelion: *slowly* You mean Gai.
Maglor: I do.
Ecthelion: Why, Kana?
Maglor: Clearly, she is a child who needs guidance and love. And... I... it would make you happy, wouldn't it?
Ecthelion: *slowly* She killed your brothers.
Maglor: *pointedly* -I- killed -your- best friend and his cousin.
Ecthelion: Yes. And you thought she should be killed for what she'd done.
Maglor: She should. So should I. We probably will be, some day. At least she's been dead once already. Maybe she's done it in reverse?
Ecthelion: Maybe. *studies her face* I don't want her here if it will upset you.
Maglor: She mourns what she's done. You can see it in her. She even braved speaking to me on her own, knowing I might kill her, to apologize. I respect that sort of courage.
Ecthelion: *nods* She is.... devastated, yes. But doesn't want to hide from it, and offers no excuses.
Maglor: I could forgive her completely, with time.
Ecthelion: *thinks about this* I understand that forgiveness will take you a while, but.... we can't bring her here if you're going to be angry or resent her.
Maglor: I'd like to say I wouldn't, but I can't be sure. Sometimes... well, you know how I get angry. I want her, though, to have a good influence to be... to be... *thinks, not sure how to say "to be what I can't" in a way that won't upset Lio* ...better.
Ecthelion: *nods* I understand. But again.... you can't be angry at her. If you want her to be able to be.... better.... she can't be afraid of your anger.
Maglor: I know. I can promise to try, but that's all.
Ecthelion: If we adopt her, you have to, Kana. She'll be our child.
Maglor: *nods* I think I could do it. For you.
Ecthelion: *squeezes her hand* You'd be doing it for her, too. It's not just about making me happy. She's not a present you're giving to me. If we adopt her, she's the priority. You'd have to do it for her, because you'd want to make HER happy. *nods to Lit* Just like you'd want to for her.
Maglor: *small smile* Lit could really use a big sister, though. And, just maybe, we could make up to Gai for the family that my family took from her. *tilts her head to gently kiss Lio* Do you think I could do it?
Ecthelion: *kisses* Yes. We both could.
Maglor: We would have to convince adar to give her up to us.
Ecthelion: *nods* There's that, yes.
Maglor: And she should agree, too. Lit. Please do not eat that earthworm. Come here. *holds an arm out to their daughter* In fact, it should be entirely her decision to come or not.
Litsewen: *obediently puts down the worm and goes to snuggle with nana and ada*
Ecthelion: Yes. She needs to want to be here.
Maglor: Exactly. *hugs Lit close*
Ecthelion: Okay. We ask her first, then your father? Or both at the same time.
Maglor: I... may have put the possibility into her head already. But I said I had to ask you first.
Ecthelion: Oh, really.
Maglor: Sorry. I meant to talk to you first. *gently kisses Lit's hair* But it came up when she apologized.
Ecthelion: Mmm. What did she say? *smiles at Lit*
Maglor: She said she'd think about it, and ask ada for his advice.
Litsewen: *smiles and offers ada a dirty hand*
Ecthelion: *takes it and squeezes* Well. We'll see then.
Maglor: *nods* He might refuse, because of my temper. He'll probably refuse, really.
Ecthelion: Then we'll just have to convince him. *smiles*
Maglor: We can remind him we're getting married, so we'll have a nice stable household for her to be in.*kisses him again* And how good you are at keeping -me- stable.
Ecthelion: *laughs* Let's hope he falls for it. *teasing*
Maglor: *slight pout* You're not going to live to see our wedding...
Ecthelion: Oh dear. *still laughing*
Maglor: *rolls her eyes* Really? It's you that the children shouldn't be taking after. *sticks out her tongue*
Ecthelion: Yes, I'm that awful. *grins*
Maglor: You really are. Don't you think so, princess? Ada is a terrible influence on you.
Litsewen: *blinks, shrugs*