"Blood is thicker than water, you know."
"Yes Mother, I know."
"But that doesn't make you thick. You're very smart."
"Now, I'll be in Prague for three weeks, so if the hospital needs to call me give them the hotel number."
"Darling, is the hospital diet as nutritious as they make it seem? I'm sure you were thinner the last time I visited."
"I'm thinner now, Mother."
"Really? Hmmm. Well, just watch that, I'll be back in three weeks."
"Aren't you going to visit me tomorrow?"
"I'll be packing, darling."
"For the whole day? Couldn't you get the maid to do it?"
"Of course the maid's doing it, but I need to be there to make sure she doesn't mess it up. I'm also going shopping. I'll buy you a trinket from that shop you like."
"The only shop I like sells books, Mother."
"Then I'll get you a book. Is there a specific one you want?"
"Birdsong by Patel Leuvron, please Mother."
"Right, I'll stop off there and have the maid bring it to you once I'm gone."
"Bye." The room was empty. "I love you too, Mother."
With a sigh, Adrella picked up her pen and began to write.