Debbie's heart sank when she'd told Mark Grocer that she was expecting his child from their illicit affair that had led to the crumbling of her marriage. He'd been wearing the garb of the Abbey, but it hadn't dawned on Debbie that he'd joined their order.
She'd attempted to kiss him hello, but had been rebuffed. A lesson she'd learned from her mother was that men were much more malleable when they'd been properly kissed.
"But what do you mean you can't do anything?" she asked.
"I've made vows," Mark said sadly. "I've ruined too many lives. I need to make atonement."
Debbie stared in confusion. "Then make atonement by marrying me! You wanted to when I was younger, why not now?"
"I cannot give up my vows to the Orb." Mark said stubbornly. "It isn't done."
"But... but... I lost my husband because of you."
Mark made a face. "The blame does not lay entirely on me. You lost your husband because you made a cuckold of him with me. I freely admit my part in the scheme... now you need to admit yours!"
Realizing that Mark wouldn't budge, she'd sent him away and threatened that he'd never see his child. He'd left, promising her that he would see their child and promising that if she attempted to keep the baby from him, that he would sue for custody!
Frustrated, she walked over to the girls and told them grumpily, "Never believe a word out of a man's mouth," before she stalked into the cottage and slammed the door.
"Yeah, she's just mad because he wouldn't marry her. I heard it!" Fancy promised.
The girls were quiet for awhile before Fanny piped up again. "Do you think Sheldon will come back?"
Fancy shook her head. "No. He's done with us. Mama broke his heart."
Fanny nodded sadly. "But we're not like mama! So... maybe he'll come back to us..."
Fancy rolled her eyes. "Don't be stupid Fanny!"
Orb's Year 918
"Mother! There's cockroaches"! Fancy had squealed in alarm as she attempted to squish the bugs. "I hate them! I hate it here! I want to live with Sheldon!"
Debbie had heard enough about the sainted Sheldon. She'd been trying for years to beguile him into coming back to her, but he'd remained steadfast. "Well your precious Sheldon doesn't WANT you! Go away while I cook!"
"Good Gods, a lot full of girls! Mother always said they were trouble," she grumbled as she grabbed Gemma into her arms.
Orb's Year 919
She struck up a conversation with the handsome man who called himself Alibaba Diebin, Prince of Thieves.
Perhaps she should've slapped their mouths shut a few more times as children!
It was maddening!
She was sure she'd been close to getting Sheldon back. But when he saw her stomach expanding with child again, he would know she could not be a faithful wife.
She let out a piercing screech to relieve the pent up tension building in her head.