Orb's Year 905
Brand had joked that he had gotten tired of cold porridge day in and day out.
Aidan glanced over at her, "What was that?"
"I said, I think Brand likes me. He even let me help him with his instructional assignments this evening!"
Aidan was confused. "Why does it matter if he likes you?"
"Well, because if I'm going to be... with you... then I'd like him to like me... like a family."
Aidan frowned. "He doesn't need a mother. He's almost a grown man! Don't go coddling him!"
Carrie hurried to make the frown on Aidan's face disappear. "Of course not! I was just saying it's nice to feel needed!"
Aidan swore that woman didn't make a lick of sense. "Of course you're needed! I wouldn't have hired you if you weren't! Now quit your woolgathering and come here!" he teased.
Carrie fought the urge to roll her eyes. Men!
Orb's Year 906
Despite her many attempts to make over their home, Aidan was quite pleased with Carrie. She had a strong eye for business.
Carrie wiped tears from her eyes and stomped her foot, "Your pub! Your pub! Your pub! That's all you care about, isn't it!" Quickly, she ran from the room and slammed the door.
Oh, for the love of... Aidan thought irritatedly. Women are nothing but trouble.
"What in the world is the matter?" he asked, exasperated.
She glanced up at him and wiped the tears from her eyes. "I'm pregnant."
"Well, why didn't you say so?" he asked. "That's not the end of the world!"
Carrie looked at him in confusion. "What do you mean?"
Aidan helped her up, and tried to comfort her. "I'll take care of you and the babe. There's nothing to worry about."
"You mean you'll marry me?!"
Aidan frowned, "Marry? No. I'm not going down that road again. But, there's no reason that you and the babe wouldn't be welcome here. I'm... well, I'm quite fond of you."
Carrie smiled sadly. Well, fondness was a start for stronger feelings of love, wasn't it?
Orb's Year 907
Orb's Year 908
Aidan gazed around at their make-shift family at the dinner table and smiled. It had just been him and his son for such a long time, it was nice to have a few other friendly faces at their table now!