Orb's Year 929
Brooklyn glanced up at her older sister Addison quickly, "Is mama okay?" she asked quietly.
The next day after school, Brooklyn tried teaching Cedrick a nursery rhyme. She thought of how happy mama would be if she saw the Brooklyn was helping take care of her brother!
"Mama..." Addison began, feeling guilty.
"No! You go in the house and make sure to watch... your... siblings!" Barika hissed quietly. "Go!"
Orb's Year 930
"Did you have any questions?" Addison asked, "We have many outfits that we are able to create!"
"We're just looking right now," Jerome said, nodding her way. Addison blushed. He was quite handsome!
Cedrick pouted, "No, Addison. I was just bored. Brooklyn won't play with me anymore! She says she has better things to do!"
Addison sighed. "Go on back inside, I'll talk to Brooklyn."
Edrick Taveryn had actually even flirted with her as he handed her a few gold pieces.
"Oh, you gave me a copper penny too much," Addison said as she attempted to hand it back to him.
Edrick winked at her, "Keep the change. Buy yourself a pretty ribbon for your pretty hair!"
Addison felt herself blushing. "Thank you," she said softly as she watched him go, her heart fluttering.
When he saw her glance over, he waved and motioned for her to unlock the door.
Hurrying over, she let him in.
Addison reached up and fingered the ribbon, "That was most kind of you!" she told him. "I've never been given a gift like this before!"
Edrick nodded, "I know how that feels. Sometimes I feel like my family doesn't see me either. But, I'm the youngest! It's like they're too busy living their own lives to bother with me!"
"Well, we'll have each other then!" Addison announced, smiling widely.
Edrick looked thoughtful and was about to say something when Thomas opened the door. "Addison? Did you have trouble closing?" he started to ask when he noticed his daughter alone in the shop with the Taveryn boy.
"Store hours are over," he told the boy angrily. "Addison has work to do."
"Yes sir!" Edrick said, hopping up quickly, hoping to avoid upsetting an irate father.
"Well I did, but I let him in!" Addison admitted sheepishly.
"You never unlock the door! What if he wanted to rob us!" Thomas demanded.
Addison stomped her foot. "He didn't want to rob us! He wanted to talk to me!" Addison fingered the ribbon in her hair. "Is it so hard to believe that I'm growing up and becoming a woman?!" Breaking into tears, she ran from the room.
Thomas watched his daughter storm from the room, dumbstruck. Perhaps he'd have Barika talk to her about boys... and soon!
Orb's Year 932
"Watch the shop for me. I'll be back in a little bit."
"What?!" Brooklyn furiously whispered back. "If Papa finds out, he'll kill you!"
"Shhhh..." Addison said. "Just for a moment or two! Please...." Addison begged.
"Fine," Brooklyn caved, "But be quick!"
And Addison was taking much longer than a moment!
Edrick pulled her closer. "I've been thinking about you, too."
"What have you been thinking about?" she asked him shyly.
Edrick leaned forward and whispered back, "You tell me first."
Thomas looked at Alec, startled at the serious tone. "Is everything alright?" he asked.
Alec cleared his throat. He knew that the merchants quailed when they saw him and hurried over to impress him. He supposed it was only natural since he was appointed by the King to oversee the village shops and the peasants.
Waving off Thomas' concerns, Alec took a deep breath...