So I was *Artaxerxes II’s cupbearer, but my brothers had returned to Jerusalem with the exiles. Then one day, my brother Hanani came back to Susa to visit me. His report of the state of Jerusalem was dire, and it grieved me much. I spent all night desponding on the news and praying to God for guidance.
*Again, it should probably be Artaxerxes I, but since Ezra appears in this story, and I decided to have him be sent by Artaxerxes II, I decided to follow the same implied timeline here. Also, this book is actually written in first person, so I decided to maintain that as well.