Orb's Year 929
Remington nodded, taken aback that she had spoken back to him, "See that you get those tulips."
"Have you not looked outside, husband? It's raining buckets outside! I can't do anything out there!"
"Well, I won't have you lollygagging and wasting the day away!" Remington said gruffly.
"Oh, I won't. I'm going to actually spend some time with my children today!" she said firmly. "The tulips can wait until later!"
"No you didn't! You missed me! I ducked out of the way!" Gladys yelled back just as loudly.
Gladys turned around and hissed "Liar!" and then took off running as Floyd chased her.
Caira turned to watch her children go and smiled. They were perfect!
"What about Gladys?" Floyd asked, spotting his sister behind Father.
"Posh, what's a girlie need with letters and numbers! She'll be married off to give her husband sons!"
A look of horror crossed Gladys' face and she ran into her room, throwing herself on the bed to cry.
Floyd crept in and patted her back, "Don't worry Gladys, I won't let him marry you off!"
Remington was gone.
Rest in Peace Remington Flowers, Orb's Years 884-930
Orb's Year 931
"No! Not right now!" Caira said angrily. "Can't you see I'm busy?"
If only she could arrange her life just so...
"Mama," Floyd began...
"No! I don't have time right now!" Caira said. "I have to get these flowers ready!"
"But, Mama," Floyd persisted. "The snow has come"!
She would not be selling flowers today...
Gladys looked at her mother with a trembling lip, "I want to learn to read and write so I don't have to be married off to give my husband lots of babies!"
Caira looked at her daughter in horror, "Where did you hear that?" she gasped, then shook her head. "Nevermind, I know where you heard that. And you forget it! You will not be married off to anyone unless you want to be!" she said ferverantly. "Now, let's teach you to read and write!"
Orb's Year 932
Dirk Baker smiled half-heartedly. He didn't need any reminders that he'd dropped what he was doing the moment he'd seen the letter from Caira. "Your letter said it was important," he prodded.
Caira hesitated. Dirk seemed... impatient. "I... well... Remington is gone now. I had thought that perhaps..." Caira stepped closer and reached for his hand, "You cannot tell me that you do not love me anymore!" she protested.
"Oh Dirk," Caira said sadly. "Our love was not meant to be, it seems!"
Desperate words asking him to make a family with her clogged in her throat . She couldn't do it. "So this is the end, isn't it?"
Dirk nodded sadly. "It has to be."