In fact, Catherine had arranged for more help with cooking and cleaning.
Sighing, she got to work scrubbing and cleaning.
"I have my own work to do," she'd grumbled as she began practicing the sums on the sheet.
From downstairs, Mother called up, "Hurry, the carriage is almost here!"
Hurriedly, Evelyn just started writing down numbers, hoping that she would be right!
Turning towards her Mother, she asked, "Do I really have to continue with the lessons? I abhor them!"
Cassidy gently patted Evelyn's hand. "Yes dear, but soon enough you will be done."
"What about me, Mother? Am I almost done?"
Cassidy smiled fondly at her youngest, Blaze Noble. "No dear. You still have quite a few years left!"
Both children's shoulders slumped.
Cassidy clapped, "Come now, let us get ready for Finn's birthday party!"
Long after the party goers had ambled home, Farrah stayed up cleaning up after the party.
But, she needed to meet someone new...
Orb's Year 926
Evelyn scowled. She thought about Angus all the time. "What else?" she pushed. Surely there must be more to love than thinking about them.
Catherine blushed. "Well, when he held my hand, my heart fluttered," she admitted. Delicately she cleared her throat, worried about providing too much information to the suddenly inquisitive teenager. "Why do you ask?"
Evelyn scowled even more. She loved it when Angus kissed her. It felt different from all the other boys that she had known. "No reason," she replied glumly. Certain now that she was in love with a boy. How inconvenient!
Finally, she pushed him away. "We must stop!"
Angus frowned, "Why? I'm enjoying myself. Are you enjoying yourself?" he asked, stroking her cheek.
Evelyn flicked his hand away. "Of course! But I must save myself for marriage!"
"Psh!" Angus grumbled. "What does marriage do anyways? Why can't we just enjoy our experiences together!"
Angus watched her pace and figured there was no hope of convincing her tonight. Angry, he jumped up. "You're just using that as an excuse to get my ring on your finger!" he accused.
Enraged, Evelyn whirled around. "Who says I want a ring on my finger?!" she demanded. "Marriage is not my dream!" she cried passionately.
Angus reached for her, "Then perhaps..." he started to try to seduce her back to the couch until she jerked her arm from his.
"I said marriage was not my dream, but I am not fool enough to allow you liberties! Perhaps I will be an old maid!"
Angus rolled his eyes. "An old tease is more like it," he grumbled heatedly. "Perhaps when you decide what you want, you would be so good as to let me know. Until then..." he hurriedly bowed and strode from the castle.
Evelyn sighed as she watched him go. She'd have liked nothing more than to have continued on the course they were on, but something held her back. How in the world would she live a life of romance without marriage?!
"Cirdon, I'm telling you that you need to speak with your sister. She's been extremely agitated lately. And just the other day she was asking me about how to know when you were in love..." Catherine said.
Catherine couldn't believe how blind her husband was. "Well, lately, there's been the Laird lad, Angus. They've become rather close. I'm actually worried that she might..."
Cirdon cut Catherine off. "Not Evelyn! You don't know her like I know her!"
Catherine fought against rolling her eyes. "Very well. Nevertheless, I think it would be prudent to begin arranging a match... and very soon!"
Cirdon nodded. "I'll speak with Mother about it soon."
Orb's Year 927
"Are you listening, Evelyn?" Conrad asked her.
"What?" she blinked the prince back into focus. "Oh yes, of course," she smiled gamely. "It is all so fascinating! Please go on!"
Conrad smiled and began prattling on about the weather in Simbridge. As if she cared, she silently huffed.
Why hadn't she thought of that sooner?!
He'd paced back and forth in the shadows for a few minutes and was about to leave when she stepped forward.
Blessed Orb, she was so beautiful!
Nothing could ruin this night! he thought happily.
In the morning, he'd kissed her brow and promised to see her soon. She'd snuck into the bath and cleaned up, relieved that she was now a fallen woman. Everything else would fall into place exactly as she wished! she thought smugly.
Orb's Year 928
It had not been part of Cirdon's plan, either. "Who is the father?" Cirdon demanded.
Evelyn stubbornly refused to admit anything. She did not want Angus to know! He would either insist she marry him or insist that he have nothing to do with the child. She didn't want either of those! She wanted to live in her own home and live her own life!
"Why can't you just leave me be?" she cried. "What does it matter? I know! I've disgraced the family name! I'll go live on the outskirts of town and live on my own!"
Cirdon stared at his naive sister and shook his head. "Is that how you thought it would play out? Where will you get money? How will you care for your babe? Where will you live?"
Evelyn stammered, "I'm not sure.. I don't know! This isn't the way it was supposed to be!" she cried. "I was going to threw lavish parties and date princes and be courted! I wasn't supposed to become pregnant!"
Cirdon clenched his jaw. "Let me tell you how this will play out. You will tell me the name of the rogue that took advantage of you or you will go live at the Abbey and raise your child."
"I won't! And I won't stay at the abbey! You can't control me!"
Cirdon was glad when his guest strode through the front door so that he could take his anger out on a more appropriate target.
Evelyn's knees literally gave way when she saw Angus stride through the door. She sat heavily in the chair.
"You dishonored my sister, Laird!" Cirdon said through clenched teeth. "Give me one reason why I should not wipe you from this kingdom!"
Angus folded his arms and met the angry brother. "I did not force her to do anything she did not want to do."
"And what are your intentions? Do you intend she raise her child alone? Or will you marry her and make this right?"
"Child?" Angus said, paling. "She's with child?"
Evelyn was sick of the two of them acting as though she wasn't there. "For Orb's sake! I will not be marrying anyone! I already told you, that's not my plan!"
"You won't marry me when you are pregnant with my child?" Angus raged. "That is the most absurd notion I have ever heard!"
Angus met Cirdon's eyes and announced, "She will marry me and be my wife."
Cirdon scowled. "You should have thought of that before you played at being an adult when you still thought like a child! Only a child would not consider the repercussions!"
His mother assured him that the scandalous news would pass fast, especially since Angus was making it right by marrying Evelyn.