Robin held his hands out from his side. "This is it." Robin attempted to discern whether Fiona would change her mind and go running for the hills.
Fiona glanced around one more time. The small cottage was a far cry from the splendor she'd grown accustomed to at the Abbey. But, most importantly, it was her chance at happily ever after.
Reaching for Robin's hand, she smiled sweetly.
Fiona sighed. She knew that theirs was a marriage of convenience, but she certainly hoped that it might grow to be a love match with time and patience.
Robin glanced up with surprise, not having heard her approach. "A small toy when I'm done."
"Well it's lovely, Robin!"
Robin looked back at the unfinished product and smiled. "Not quite yet, but it's getting there," he said patiently.
"Will you be much longer?" Fiona asked. "I thought to get dinner ready."
Squinting at the light from the sun, Robin guessed he would only be another hour.
"Wonderful! I'll get ready right away!" Fiona said as she hurried away.
The house was empty when Robin walked in and he looked around curiously. Deciding to wash up before looking for Fiona, he headed into the bathroom and stopped short.
Fiona sunk under the bubbles and blushed furiously.
Robin turned his back. "I was looking for you. I thought you would have dinner ready."
Fiona fumed sulkily. "I did have it ready. Two hours ago. It's been put away," she said sourly. "Then, I decided to take a bubble bath to while away the evening hours until my husband remembered he had a wife!"
Robin's shoulders became stiff at the beginning of Fiona's tirade, but he had to admit he had treated her sorely... and on her wedding day!
Clearing his throat, Robin said, "I'll be waiting in the living quarters when you're finished in here."
Fiona watched him walk out and sighed. Part of her wanted to linger in her bubble bath, but it was already growing cold and it wouldn't do to bicker on her wedding day.
Dressing quickly, she hurried to join her husband.
Fiona nodded shyly. "Well, I accept your apology. I'm glad that we were able to work it out."
"I'm a fair man, Fiona," Robin told her. "I fully intend to be a good husband. I always want you to be able to tell me if there's something you think I can work on."
Robin was surprised when Fiona landed in his lap, smiling up at him. Clearing his throat, he tried to keep his mind of what his wife was saying. "And that is?" he asked, stroking his hand on her hand.
"I think that since we are married, it is only right to practice kissing."
Robin chuckled. "I can't have it being said my wife is unhappy," he said before pulling her closer to kiss her passionately.
Orb's Year 934
She knew that once she had children, the house would be full of merriment and laughter. But, right now.. it was so empty!
And despite all their trying, they'd been unable to get with child.
Robin stroked her cheek. "There's nothing wrong with you, Fiona. Sometimes these things take some time."
A tear escaped down Fiona's cheek. "It didn't take my sister Deanna very long to get with child. And my mother had six children! I just can't help but worry that my dream will not come true!"
Robin wiped her tears away gently. "What if it's me? Would you love me less if I was unable to give you a child?" he asked.
Fiona grabbed his hands in her own. "Of course not Robin! I love you!"
Robin pulled her into his arms. "And I love you, too. We will have a child. We just need to be patient." Wiggling his eyebrows, he added, "And perhaps practice more?"
Fiona playfully pushed at her husband, "Oh, you!" she said with play exasperation. Then, grinning she whirled away and ran to the room with Robin chasing after her.
Orb's Year 935
Farrah grinned, "I'm thankful that Robin invited us over."
Fiona smiled at her husband's thoughtfulness. She'd been sad because she still was not pregnant! In an attempt to make his wife smile, Robin had invited all her family members over.
"I am," Fiona replied.
"Well, he did say that he would make you happy when he asked for your hand in marriage!"
Robin grinned. "I'm sure we can think of something."
Orb's Year 936
Robin tread lightly.
Fiona gazed down in her daughter's eyes. "Not at all! I should have suspected!"
"Maybe that was why you were large as a whale," he teased.
Fiona stuck her tongue out at her husband, but felt too good to chide him. She had two perfect children - Amber and Bryan Carpenter.
She was truly blessed!