And then there were some short stories concerning Annie and those other characters.
And eventually Annie had a son named Shawn, who appears in Issue #1 of Shayara.
As I said, there were other characters in these stories - such as Steven and Katrina, years before they had four daughters by the names of Tessa, Alanna, Katrianna, and Julia.
Once upon a time, Annie and Nicholas studied at the Sanctuary with Jessamyn ni'Tamra, Seth Logan (later known as Fenris), and Donna ni'Tarak, among others.
Once upon a time, this was the story of two generations.
And it's that first generation that I've been writing about more lately, when I let the writing flow, when I don't force it.