Margery watched as the boys played. She was making lunch for the family while the boys got some of their energy out by chasing each other around the yard. Their father would be home from the lab soon.

He insisted that it was safer to have his full lab in town. So, even though his library and spell chamber were both in the house, every morning he went to town to work in the lab until lunchtime.

Her mother had told her that to be a mage’s wife was not a good life plan. Money would always be tight. They would never have the little things that might make life more exciting. However Margery hadn’t cared then and she didn’t care now. She had her husband and two wonderful children. She had no need of material things.