Day One: The Bear and the Maiden Fair

Putting the children to bed quickly became their favorite time of the day. They would always read stories they no longer believed in, stories of knights in shining armor who defended the weak and punished the wicked. On nights like those Sansa would be reminded of their struggles in the past and would be comforted by Tyrion in the safety of their room. One story they still enjoyed telling was one of a bear, shunned by society for simply being the beast it was born as and of a maiden fair of exquisite beauty and no small measure of kindness.

Sansa and Tyrion would take turns telling the story, on days that have been especially bad for Tyrion, Sansa would let him tell the story because it always makes him feel better to be reminded of "their story", this story became a favorite of little Johanna's. Young Eddard was now a little too old to listen to these stories but every now and then he would sneak into the doorway to hear the tale he had come to love as well, often times joining the parent not telling the story, admiring their spouse.

Though Sansa would never admit it, if only to keep his ego in check, she knew the children enjoyed Tyrion's renditions of the stories better, more personal and less factual, not to mention Tyrion was always more animated when telling them; he would pretend to be a knight fighting off bandits parrying and thrusting an imaginary sword, which would always elicit a string of giggles from their daughter. He also took liberties with tale of the bear and the maiden fair, the passion in his eyes when he told the story of the stunted bear whose bitterness had consumed him and the maiden with hair of sunset, locked away in a tower of gold who saved him, not only from the town's people, but from himself as well.