Orb's Year 929
Devon looked around and saw that she was alone. Eryka had disappeared somewhere with the page. Suddenly the front door open and Alana Marchant loomed in the doorway.
"She... she... hit me!" Devon managed to say through sobs. "And she said I'm not welcome here. I was so scared to go inside!"
"Why didn't you go get Baji?" Darius asked, upset that Devon had been denied entry to the home they would share.
"I didn't think of it. I just wanted you to get home!"
Darius squeezed her tight and wiped the tears from her eyes. "I'll take care of this," he said with a hard edge to his voice. Oh, he would most certainly take care of this!
Alana scowled and waved her arm in the air, prepared to launch into a tirade about the Taveryns and deceit.
Rest in Peace Alana Marchant, Orb's Years 881-929
Brand looked quite uncomfortable himself. "I haven't been a great father to you, I know that. I've passed you some gold here and there when we've been able, but I could've done more."
Eryka shrugged. "What's done is done," she said.
"What is it?"
"A nobleman looking for a bride! And the noble class won't have naught to do with him because he crossed his brother."
"And you want me to marry him?" she asked, confused. "He doesn't sound very nice."
"Ah, the things a man will do for love," Brand said sadly.
Brand nodded eagerly, "I'm sure of it. I'll arrange it all. Think of it, my daughter... a noblewoman!"
Eryka smiled. Her?! A noblewoman! The thought it made her practically giddy! "Arrange it. I will marry him!"
Eryka rolled her eyes, "Or a daughter's father! He's not trying to undermine you! He just learned some information that will make me a noblewoman!" Eryka said excitedly.
"What more do you need to know?! I will be well cared for and will want for nothing! I'm doing it, Baji!" Eryka replied mutinously.
Baji sighed. "I will withhold my approval until I meet the man."
Orb's Year 930
And that left Baji alone... in the livingroom... on the couch...
Orb's Year 931
"Why? What would be different?" Devon asked. After all, she had been sharing her soon-to-be-husband's bed since moving here.
Eryka snickered, "Don't be silly! It won't be like that forever!"
Devon rolled her eyes, "Oh come on, Eryka, don't act as though you know anything! You're just repeating old wives' tales!"
Eryka crossed her arms and huffed, "How do you know? I might've!"
Devon laughed. "You wouldn't do anything to wreck your chances of becoming a grand noblewoman. And besides, you're not that bad!"
Both girls dissolved into giggling about the unknown, which is exactly how Darius found them when he walked in.
Devon looked at Eryka and smothered a laugh, "That is precisely what Eryka just asked me!"
"Me, too," Devon agreed eagerly.
Orb's Year 932
"What kind of fool would I be to pass up this oppurtunity? He does not have to love me! I am not naive enough to believe that is necessary! Besides, I will be a noblewoman!"
Baji sighed. "Then we will meet your husband-to-be tomorrow."
Baji lowered his voice so only Camelot could hear, "I would have her honored and respected so that she knows her worth, regardless of whether or not she is of noble-birth."
Eryka strained to hear what was said, but could not hear. She merely saw Camelot incline his head in agreement and shake her brother's hand.
This is it, she thought excitedly. She was going to marry a Knightley!
Eryka was still reeling over the courtly gesture. Simpering, she placed her hand on her chest and giggled, "Of course, my Lord. I am in agreement."
"Then, it is time to depart. Come with me."
"Wait! Eryka!" Farha called out as she hurried into the room.
Eryka waved goodbye and hurried after her intended. She was going to be a noblewoman!
Darius pulled her close to him on the bed. "Nay, he worries." At Devon's perplexed look, he explained, "Do you remember that Baji was married once?"
"Well I assumed he'd been married because of Farha. But, I hadn't heard anything."
Darius smiled sadly, "She collapsed to the floor one evening while Baji worked. We lost her... and the babe she carried..."
Tears ran down Devon's face, "That's terrible!" she said sadly. "But, you will have to tell him sometime. I think he will be at peace with it..."
"You're right," Darius said with a sigh.
"No, everything seems to be going well," Darius said. "I have been so worried for her!"
Baji nodded. "We will all watch her well!" Pausing, he smiled, "It will be good to have a baby in the house again!"