It made him wish to speak with her... to talk abut music... to talk about anything! But, he was just a lowly peasant. She'd probably just laugh at him, he thought sadly.
Besides, she was a girl... and he didn't have the nerve to talk to a girl!
Brand had thought a moment and then replied, "You just find out what they're interested in and the rest just sort of falls into place!"
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Then, to make matters worse, her little sister Debbie started hanging around again, hoping to get Brand's attention.
She couldn't wait for Adam to ask her father for her pledge!
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He would just roll his eyes and ask why he needed to do his schooling when he already knew he would be a pub keeper when he was older. "Or perhaps a knight, jousting in all the tournaments, winning the hearts of ladies everywhere!" he'd say with a grin.
"What are you doing, Aidan?" she asked. "Do you need any help."
"Well, if you knew your letters, you could write the blasted letter for me!" Aidan growled under his breath.
Carrie sucked in a shocked breath. Of all of her sisters, Beth Ann was the only one that had taken the time to learn her letters. But, Aidan had never mentioned it before - and certainly now in such a rude manner!
She huffed off, angry and embarrassed.
He was just so stressed with his estate planning. He knew that if Deb had her way, Carrie and his children would be out on the streets the moment he passed away. He had to be proactive and assure all of his children's inheritances.
"But I love Adam!" she cried.
Aidan frowned. He'd known the young Potter boy had been coming over, but hadn't known that he'd been making passes at his Caitlyn. "I'm sorry. That is not the path that's been chosen."
"But why, Father?! Why can't I?! I want to marry and have children!"
Aidan frowned again, surprised at her defiance. "You'd rather work and toil and scrimp and save than to be well-taken care of at the Abbey?" he asked in amazement. "The world is not an easy place and you are not used to poverty."
"I don't care! Adam and I will get by with our love!"
One last shake of his head. "I'm sorry. I forbid it. I seek your future happiness for years to come, not just your happiness for a few years."
"Wait just a moment while I get her," Aidan said, still unsettled by the way Caitlyn had carried on the night before. Carrie had been upset with him and he didn't know if he had her support or not as she was chilling his bones with her silence.
"I'll send her out in a moment," Carrie promised.
Aidan walked back out to talk to Abbess Abigail. "Tell her not to dally. The Abbess has things to do today rather than waiting on her."
Startled, he realized that it was Adam Potter, absconding with his daughter, Caitlyn.
"Caitlyn Baker! You get back here this instant!" he roared at the figures. Caitlyn hesitated and glanced back, but Adam reached back and grabbed her hand. Together they ran off.
Abbess smoothed her skirts and cleared her throat delicately. "Perhaps all is as it should be. We would not want her to regret coming to study with us, Aidan."
She left Aidan standing at the front of his pub, staring off in the distance with his hands on his hips. Heartbroken.
Hopefully Aidan wouldn't be too angry....