[And now we find out just what in the world is going on! Hooray! :D ]
"So let me get this straight." Seamus was massaging his temples as he sat and absorbed all that he was hearing. "There's a magic garden that can think and talk. There's a witch lady, Magda-your wife- who lives there and teaches little girls magic. Then there are giant animals that represent other realms of the world, and they all meet a couple times a year to have a big 'ole party where they give a little girl her name?"
Merle dipped his head in acknowledgement. The coffee had long been finished, and the moon now starting to sink back in the sky. It had been a long couple of days, and now the older man was ready to turn in.
"That's exactly right, son. Might take a few days for it to sink in. Mark my word, once we start with your lessons you'll realize this is the tame end of the horse." Joints popped and creaked as he scraped his chair back and stood up to stretch. "Now that you know a little more about what we do around here, I'm going to bed. Some of us didn't sleep so good recently." He gave the boy a gentle stink-eye making Seamus grin sheepishly.
"Yeah, sleep sounds good to me too. I promise I won't try to sleep as long this time." He started clearing the table and making ready for bed.
"Oh don't worry, lad. You won't."
Merle whistled and moseyed on towards his room.