I turned toward her startled. “How did you find me?” I asked.
“Your mother and I used to come here to get away from life for a while when we were kids. It would be natural that she would share her quiet spot with you,” she replied sitting next to me. “I still come here when I need solitude. I feel close to her here.”
“Me too,” I said throwing the last of the flower in the water. “What brings you here today?”
“Actually, I was looking for you. Arandur asked for additional help and I thought it might be a good way to spend some quality time with my favorite niece,” she said.
“Are you sure Arandur will let you in the garden?”I asked nudging her playfully.
“Let’s go find out,” she said while standing and reaching a hand out to help me to my feet.
“Arandur, Daeris and I heard you needed volunteers. What can we do to help?” Silima asked.
“Daeris, anything, the plants love her, but you…” he broke off.
“Ah, Arandur you love me,” Silima grinned.
“Yes, I have since you were a child, but that’s not the point. Every time you sing to the plants, weeds take over. I’ve never seen anything like it,” he finishes shaking his head.
Silima threaded her arm through mine and smiled. “There has to be something we can do as a team,” she said giving my arm as squeeze.