Beppo sitting in the tavern nursing his hot coca glances at his dinning companion. He picks at his meal and says “It’s so nice to be finally done with this adventuring thing”. “I am really looking forward to spending time with Lucinda, even though I do find it a bit intimidating being married to a woman smarter than I”. He stops for a second and stirs the coca in his little hands. “Well and Benny is very happy, with Ildrim’s help we created a proper cave and I have filled it with treasure, admittedly copper and silver but there’s lots so he should be happy for some time”. “My apprentice is coming along nicely, and being immune to fire is definitely an asset working with him, although I am going to have to get some elevator shoes or he will start towering above me.” He pauses and takes a sip of his coca “It’s also nice to not have to spend every working hour crafting and be able to hang out with my friends”. “I can watch Scarlet and Faisal pretend not to be in love with each other….” At this his companion snorts and says “Faisal married, Faisal no can be in love with another”. “Yes, yes of course he is married to Lulu but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t love Scarlet”. Beppo mutters “All we need is some affair to tear this kingdom apart, but hopefully Faisal is too virtuous for that and Scarlet, well….. Hopefully she is too busy redeeming someone or too drunk to come through”. “As for Nicholas and Tamara well they should have an interesting parenthood”. “I understand the stools of the child are….. pungent, orange and sulfuric”. At this Beppo shudders a little, “We have seen worse things in our travels, but that is just nasty!”. “Well Shin seems pretty content to ponder and explore the mysteries of the universe, the other day I caught him studying a single flower for over an hour”. “Dwarf silly, dwarf odd but Dwarf is a dwarf so that explains it” croaks Mik-Mek. “Ildrim seems quite happy learning every possible bit of arcane lore available” “The other day I caught him theorising about spells beyond the 9th degree” “Seems like a lot of work though, I prefer just embracing the power myself rather than all that tedious studying”. Beppo pauses for a moment and studies the kobold in front of him. “As for you and your folks MikMek” Beppo pronounces “I have to say the urge to burn you all up has slowly faded and I find a gradually fondness for you” Mik-Mek looks back at Beppo and crunches on his roast rat “And me no longer want to kill slit your throat in your sleep, me even sort of like little (highly scaly, dragonlike) gnome. “Good good” beams Beppo, “you sure you don’t want to join me and Benny in play time? I can make you and stoat fly and you can join us in three dimensional tag. It’s a lot of fun!” For a brief second MikMMek seems to actually contemplate the idea but then says “No no MikMek very important and have important work to do….” “You go play while MikMMek works hard for kingdom!” “See you around then Mik-Mek, we really must have these conversations more often” At that the gnome puts on his top hat, throws some silver on the table as a tip (not noticing MikMek sliding one of them into his purse) and strides out of the tavern whistling a jolly tune….