Orb's Year 929
Farrah laughed. "You say that every time you see me!"
"It doesn't make it any less true!"
Beth Ann sighed. "You always were so astute!" She paused. "It's time to come home."
"What? Why?!" Farrah yelped, surprise evident. "Have the Consuls asked that I leave?"
"No, no. Nothing like it." Beth Ann hedged, "I just think it's best you come home."
Farrah put her hands on her hips. "Why?" she demanded to know.
Beth Ann crossed her arms. "Because young Blaze is a teenage boy and I don't want him getting any ideas about you!"
Farrah would have laughed at the absurd thought of Blaze making a move on her if it hadn't been for the serious look on her mother's face. "Mama... it's not like that. Blaze is just a friend. Besides! He's so much younger than me!"
"I only have a few years left until I can go to the Abbey. I'd like to stay here until then," she paused and added, "With your blessing..."
Beth Ann sighed once more. "I'll have a promise from you that if young Blaze Noble looks at you funny, that you'll let me know. I'll not have scandal surrounding all my daughters!"
"Yes mama! I promise!"
As her mother walked away, Farrah giggled. As if Blaze would ever make a move on her! Wait until she told him!
The best time to set a good foundation for the children was when they were young.
Orb's Year 930
Cirdon frowned, "But, I am not in the intelligence factor. Perhaps you should speak with my brother..."
Barron was already shaking his head. "Forgive me for speaking so frankly, but he's not the right man for this job. I need someone with a clear mind that can strategize."
"I'll consider your offer," Cirdon said. "I would want to speak with Catherine about it first."
Barron smiled and moved his rook to a check-mate position. "Good, my sister has always loved to know what I'm up to! She'll probably force you to join just so that she can be privy to my affairs!"
Concern that the teenagers were up to no good beat heavy in her heart.
Farrah nervously curtsied and then scampered from the room.
"But, Mom!" Blaze started to protest, but was stopped short.
"Not another word!" Cassidy said sternly. "Perhaps since you have so much free time, you have time to spare for your work that I notice has been piling up!"
Orb's Year 931
When Esther harrumphed and walked across the room, Farrah shooed Blaze over to smooth it over with his lady interest and quickly left the two alone.
Esther put her hands on her hips. "You were giggling with the serving girl and acting all too familiar! If you're interested her, then by all means, go talk to her and I'll go home!"
Catherine reached across to pat her husband's hand. "You know you've already made your decision. I think it's a splendid idea! You'll carry on your father's legacy!"
"Perhaps he feels you are too important to be moved from your current task," Cirdon replied diplomatically. "You have such a way with the proposals."
Dresden sighed, "Yes I suppose that must be it. Otherwise I'm sure he would asked me..."
Soon they would be little boys, scampering around and causing a ruckus!
"No, look at me," Finn said from behind her. "I have a joke I want to tell you!"
"Certainly not me!" Catherine agreed.
"The truth," Cirdon said sadly. "Zoe has passed away."
Orb's Year 932
"I never felt like I belonged here. This is the Consul castle and it has this legacy that has nothing to do with me! Sometimes I worry I'll never find my place in this kingdom..."
Blaze hurried from the room.
Farrah fought the lump in her throat. "Yes, mi'lady."
Cassidy stopped Farrah when she attempted to scurry from the room. "Please do not think me unkind. We have loved having you here, but life is ever-changing."
Farrah felt excitement. Finally! She'd longed for this day to come for as long as she could remember!
Farrah shook her head. "No, it's time for me to go. I've always longed to study the path of enlightenment. Be happy for me!"
Farrah laughed. "I'm going to the Abbey... not a far away kingdom! We'll still see each other!"
Blaze still was unhappy, "Why does it feel like I'm never going to see you again?"
Farrah smiled, "Because life is ever-changing!"