[Asking for a bit of leeway/forgiveness here if I “god mode” to get this started, as I likely will just to get things rolling. If this is too much, or is not enough, please tell me — I will joyfully rewrite whatever you wish!]
The three of them arrive at Merri’s townhouse and settle into the parlour to wait while Esther and two of her nephews arrange the conservatory for a shared honey dream. Merri requests tea and something to eat be brought in while they wait. It’s only after the tray is brought and Astrid departs (“No it’s all right, I’ll pour dear, thank you so much”) that she turns from the veriest trivia to something closer to her heart.