Orb's Year 925
Beth Ann was so proud of her eldest boys. Both of them married lovely women, Uma and Shanna, and she knew soon the house would be full with the wails of little babies. She couldn't wait!
Her youngest, the twins, Fiona and Farrah seemed to be settling into their service positions. Although Farrah seemed to be much happier at the Consul's than Fiona was at the Abbey.
Yes, all of her children were doing well except Deanna...
But Deanna... her eldest daughter.... her biggest shame...
Deanna scowled. "It's not like I did it on purpose!" she snapped, before adding worriedly, "Lord and Lady Knightley are very angry. I have heard from Camelot that there is talk of sending me to the Abbey or back home! I just need to speak to father..."
"No," Beth Ann said firmly. "Your father is not well and you will not burden him with this. He does not know."
Beth Ann shook her head. "Not in this condition! It would kill him! You have shamed us!"
"But Mother!" Deanna began to protest.
Deanna hung her head and hurried from the house with tears in her eyes. She had known that she might not be welcomed into the Knightley home with open arms, but never had she imagined being cast from her own home...
Orb's Year 926
Orb's Year 927
Rest in Peace Able Farmer, Orb's Years 880-927
Caitlyn Potter asked Shanna when she was expecting. Shanna had been startled at first, but had thought back and realized that she had missed her monthly.
Perhaps she was pregnant!
"Thank you, friend," Braden said, appreciating the kind gesture.
Cade hugged his sister and wished he had something more to offer.
Cade immediately wrung his hands. "Umm... I believe I hear Gia crying. I'll go get her," he blurted, thankful for an excuse to leave!
Orb's Year 928
Beth Ann had called her sister's together for a little chat. It had been years since all four had been together under one room. With Able's passing, they were all more cognizant of their frailty.
Always the pious one, Emily rolled her eyes. "Of course you wouldn't Debbie! You have given birth to four children with all different fathers and out of wedlock!"
Debbie argued, "That's unfair! Only Fancy and Fanny were out of wedlock!" Then fanning herself she grinned, "And who could tell that Taveryn no!"
Carrie frowned. "You should've said no. He was a married man!" Carrie was still upset at how her sister's affair had impacted her family life, seeing as how she lived with the Taveryns!
Beth Ann sighed. "Perhaps I am being too harsh. At first I was so mad at her! I had warned her away from Bradshaw and Camelot. I didn't want to see her end up like Carrie or Debbie. No offense," she hurried to say. "I wanted her to spend a few more years in service and then find a nice man to marry and have a family!"
Debbie and Carrie nodded their heads, each knowing that the paths they chose had required sacrifice. Emily alone took exception. "And what's wrong with being in service?" she demanded.
Beth Ann smiled and reached across the table to grip her sister's hand. "Not a thing, Emily, if it makes you happy."
Emily looked as though she had something else to say when a noise from behind them interrupted them.
"Oh Blessed Orb!" Emily leapt up, wringing her hands.
Beth Ann quickly pushed Debbie towards the door. "Go call Cade from the fields," she said. Running to Shanna's side, she patted her hand.
"Need... food..." she said weakly.
Beth Ann let out of litany of praises to the Orb and then rushed to the kitchen for some dry bread and soup.