Orb's Year 933
Cassidy sighed when her son just shrugged his shoulders at her. "I won't be around forever to guide you, my son. What am I going to do with you?" She shook her head and sighed.
Cirdon hurried to his mother's side, but it seemed that there was nothing anyone could do to bring her back.
Rest in Peace Princess Cassidy Noble, Orb's Year 880-933
Orb's Year 934
And Orb's truth - she was surrounded by them!
Princess Catherine ran a hand lovingly over her belly. "No, dear. You shall soon have a little brother or sister." Blessed Orb, I hope it's a little girl! she thought fervently.
Haydin rubbed his head gingerly and scowled at his twin. "I don't wish to play, anyways," he said as he walked away.
Gaius trailed after him, "Aw, come on, Haydin! Be a good sport!"
Orb's Year 935
Blaze shrugged. "I dunno," he said. In truth, the thought of his future scared him. He supposed he would need to move out and make his own way in the world. He couldn't expect his brother to support him forever. But... the Consul Castle was his home... not the Noble Manor!
"...have you been listening to anything I've been saying?" Cirdon demanded when he realized his brother had stopped paying attention. Sighing, Cirdon added, "Really, Blaze. Mother would be so disappointed!"
Blaze hid his hurt feelings behind a mask and just shrugged again, pretending to be bored. But, inside, Blaze knew that his brother was right. Mother had been ashamed of him! And he was sure his Father would be ashamed of him, too!"
Cirdon threw his hands up with frustration. "I give up! It's your life!" he said as he walked away.
"Not so fast," Cirdon said, blocking his son's attack. "But very well done."
If only Blaze had an ounce of the drive that Haydin had...
Blaze sighed as he laid there, staring at a crack in the ceiling. He only wished Cirdon cared enough to yell at him for hours. Though, it seemed that everyone had given up him ever amounting to anything!
Jumping up, Gaius hurried after Blaze as he strode away.
Chairs scraped across the stone floor as all of her boys jumped up in excitement and anxiety. She would've laughed if she hadn't been in so much pain.
"Aw, come on! We're just having fun. Aren't we Haydin?" Gaius asked as he elbowed his brother.
Haydin shoved his brother aside. "Quit it, Gaius!" he grumbled.
"Be happy," Catherine said, wiping a tear from her eye and hugging his tight.
"Don't forget to come visit every now and again," Cirdon said.
Blaze nodded, then held his hand out to Esther.
It was time to go see Noble Manor.
"It's not the same, is it?" Catherine asked, picking up on his mood.
Cirdon smiled at his wife. She'd been a constant in his life for 14 years... longer than that if you counted their teenage courtship!
"Ew!" Gaius grumbled.
"Yuck!" Haydin said, covering his mouth.
Finn just grinned. He hoped one day that he could have a love like that...