Xin Jing were humming softly at the edge of Explorer´s bed. "Goodnight, sweetheart." Explorer sat up, her silver cresent-moon neclese reflecting the blue light of the lantern. "I´m not tired, Xin. Can´t you read us a story?" "Aww, but Baby, everypony else are already asleep..." "Please don´t call me that anymore." Explorer tuned to look out the window. The starry sky reflected her eyes. "I feel so forgotten..." "But honey, you´re a big girl now..." Xin watched the filly with confidence in her eyes. "I know I am ... but I love stories! Please, Xin, please, only for tonight!" With a soft sigh Xin Jing went to pick out Explorer´s favourite book. She understood the yellow unicorn - the book was´nt very famous among the other fillys. "Explorer, you could actuall read it by yourself." "But I love sitting in your lap and listen to the story." She gave a beaming smile as Xin Jing opened up the book." "The Merpony Expedition. Once upon a time, not long ago, there was a young pony who loved sience. When mystical, finned creatures became spotted at the shores, he threw up a theory about Merponies. Everybody laughed at him, but to proof his theory, he gathered some great sientists to follow him on a journey over the sea with a hot air ballon..." Elplorer listened well to the familiar words of the story. Soon she started to feel drowsy.
Soon Explorer was asleep. Xin Jing laid the book on the bookcase and fluffed up the child´s pillow a bit. "goodnight, sweetie," she whispered. She walked away from the bed, and with a dash from her wings she reached out for the lantern hanging from the sieling. Darkness fell over the children´s bedroom and Xin Jing was off to make herself a cup of coffe.
"Oh, rainbows." Xin turned the can upside-down, and just a small almount of brown powder flowed over the table. "Humph. I had to go out to get water from the well anyway..." She napped a pice of paper and a ink pen, and started to scribble down some strange signs. Atleast Explorer was big enough to read now... Hi kids. I´m just down the street at the tavern, I´ll be right back, I promise. Do not leave the house. So there. Xin walked over to a pot that was well hidden behind a curtain. She opened it for two silver-coins, then left the house as quiet as she could.