I watched her as she took the bits apart that Lottie and Winnie had brought her earlier that day and then start to make another Widget out of the parts she could salvage. She had a lot of Widgets scattered around her room and hidden in various parts of the house. He sighed as that thought crossed his mind. It was so silly that the whole village had to suffer because a few of the older citizens were afraid of the steam tech. Tori and her friends should be allowed to do what comes naturally to most of them – build and create or be scientists. The fact that they would be jailed or exiled if it was found out they were tinkering and experimenting was ludicrous and frightening. He felt guilty as he continued to observe Tori, knowing that it was his fault they were in Serenity’s Edge. His loyalty to his parents could never be questioned but the more he thought about it, he should have kept them all in Tinkerburg, or at the very least Tattington. Maybe Mina would still be alive if they had.
Nate shook his head and rubbed his eyes so Tori didn’t see the tears that were forming. He missed Mina every day, and watching their daughter grow up to be just like her scared him, depressed him, and made him proud all at the same time. Mina would be so happy knowing that despite the laws, he continued to let Tori’s friends bring her scraps so she could tinker in secret. One day he hoped they would be able to leave Serenity’s Edge so that Tori could live her dreams.