"Has he learned any new words today?" Trent asked behind her.
Cassidy stood up and caressed her husband's cheek as little Blaze made a beeline for his toys. "We're working on it! He has so much energy though! He'd prefer to be playing than learning!"
Cassidy stood by and gazed down at her husband and her son, thinking about how truly blessed she was!
Cirdon gathered his girlfriend to him and hugged her tight. "I know, I can't wait! In just a few short years, we will be married!"
Cirdon laughed and turned his back to the girls. "Little sister's are a pain!" he said loudly to his brother, Dresden.
Dresden glanced back at Evelyn and agreed whole-heartedly.
Orb's Year 922
Dresden blinked and looked at his brother. "What? Um... oh! Yes! You look fairly glowing!"
Dresden rolled his eyes as Cirdon dropped to one knee and began serenading his lady. Those two had such wonderful chemistry, it was almost sickening!
Cirdon bowed and excused himself.
"Yes, Princess Cassidy?" Princess Catherine asked politely. Although she had been living at the Consuls, she still felt a stranger to Cirdon's mother. Perhaps after the wedding, she would feel closer.
Cassidy folded her hands in front of her. "I know that you had a privileged upbringing, but here you have noticed we do not have the servants that you enjoyed at home. Have you ever cooked a meal?"
"Cooked?" Princess Catherine asked. "To eat?"
Cassidy attempted to hide her grin. "Yes dear. To honor your husband, you will be expected to serve him meals!"
"In the kitchen?" Catherine attempted to clarify. "Doesn't the butler do that?"
Cassidy shook her head. "We are not Royal, we have no butler as you do. Come, let us go to the kitchen. I will give you a lesson."
But Catherine steeled herself to practice. She wanted her future husband to be proud of her!
"Cook?! Oh dear! That's splendid! Cassidy had mentioned she'd like to teach you. I'm so very proud of you!"
Catherine grabbed her mother's hands, "It's not nearly as easy as they make it seem in the books, but Cassidy said that with patience and time, I'll learn!"
"Splendid!" Queen Aurora said cheerfully, happy to see her eldest daughter so excited and in love.
....but then he had seen his parents dance and had thought about how wonderful it would be to share such a love at their age!
Orb's Year 923
Grinning, she put her hand on his shoulder. "I wanted to let the both of you know how proud I am of you. How proud your Father would have been!"
Dresden patted his Mother's hand and smiled. "And you, as well, Mother. I'm sure Father would have been happy for you to have found love again."
Evelyn rolled her eyes. "Who says I want to be married?" she asked "Perhaps I want to live on my own and do as I please!"
"You know very well that you cannot live on your own! It simply isn't done!"
"Then I shall stay here at my brother's castle and become an old maid! Then I will be allowed to live my life as I please!"
Princess Catherine grabbed her friends hand and pleaded, "Please do not throw your life away! I've seen you with your half-brother Blaze! You were born to be a mother!"
Evelyn forced a laugh and slowly pulled her hand out of her friend's grasp. "Newly-wed and with child and you see the best in everyone, dear friend."
"Oh, Trent," Cassidy said, "You're too hard on yourself! You've still a long life a head of you!"
Trent Noble, Celestial Orb Years' 873-923
Cirdon turned in her arms and held her tight, with tears in his voice. "He was not my father, but I mourn for him as one. He was good to my mother and good to us children when we were nothing more than bratty teens."
Catherine stroked her husband's cheek. "He knew, Cirdon. He knew."
Orb's Year 924
Her two eldest sons were now adults and strong, capable men.
Sighing, she thought of Evelyn. She wished she knew what to do with Evelyn! Perhaps she would leave it all to Cirdon to decide. She was weary of making decisions.
Catherine laughed. "I hope not! We were a handful for Mother and Emily!"