Orb's Year 901
Able Farmer had been relieved to hear that Amy Baker had not been successful in foisting off any of her daughters on the upper classes. Especially Beth Ann. Able had always held a tender spot for sweet Beth Ann, even during childhood.
He would have made an offer years ago, but Beth Ann's mother had made it clear that she was hoping for an advantageous marriage. And Able had nothing to offer but his love and a modest life as a peasant. In some ways, he had hoped that she might catch Aidan Taveryn's eye or even Arthur Knightley so that she'd be better provided for and happy.
When he heard that Beth Ann was still unmarried, he wasted no time inviting Amy over to discuss a marriage proposal. As he expected, Amy drove a hard bargain and Able agreed on a substantially lower dowry just to have the pleasure of calling Beth Ann his wife.
Orb's Year 902
Aidan and Beth Ann didn't throw a big celebration on their wedding day. They simply had a simple handfasting wedding out by the garden.
And then there was work to do!
Before long, the Farmers invited Beth Ann's family over to celebrate their pregnancy. Before long, there would be another mouth to feed!Able watched his wife as she read through a cook book, planning their weekly meals. She often said she was surprised by how little she knew of cooking even though she'd spent her entire life baking for others!
"Do you think you could teach me?" Able asked one day.
Beth Ann had looked up, surprised. "Of course. I didn't know you were interested!"
Able felt embarrassed. "I just never had the time to go to instructional school. There were always crops to harvest. And I don't want my children to be ashamed of me."
Beth Ann nodded. She had always wondered why she never saw him at class. "You could never shame our children," she'd said fiercely. "But, the first thing you need to do is learn your letters. I want you to practice every day!" Then, Beth Ann spent the next 30 minutes showing Able how to make each letter.
Orb's Year 903
Able grinned and reached out for his wife's hand. He thanked the celestial orb that he'd had the courage to pursue Beth Ann and his happiness.
Orb's Year 904
Able squeezed her happily, not trusting his voice to stay steady.