Morning indeed came early to Birchwood Castle. Ember was up at dawn, though she was thankful for the alarm clock this time. She could have slept til noon had she not done so. After an invigorating shower and a roll through her morning bathroom routine, Ember entered the living room on her way to the kitchen to discover Luca had fallen asleep on the couch.
She decided to leave him be and left a second plate of french toast in the fridge for him when he woke up later.
Then she headed out to shovel hay in the paddock for the horses. Several hours later, after her rounds of making sure the horses were fed and the stalls mucked, Ember returned inside to check on her guest.