Orb's Year 937
Abbess Farrah smiled back, "Of course! Thank you for inviting me!" It still amazed Farrah how many doors had opened since she joined the Abbey. No longer did mothers worry about a scheming Farmer girl propositioning their sons! They welcomed an Abbess with open arms and wide smiles. It was weird, she didn't feel much different than she had a few years ago - but people certainly saw her differently!
"Well, come in! Come in! I want you to meet everyone!"
Blaze blanched as he looked at his new wife. "Really?" he asked incredulously. "I thought we would enjoy a few years together, without a baby in the way!" Reaching across the table, he squeezed her hand.
Esther glanced down at the table. "I suppose it won't matter if we wait a few years," she conceded.
Blaze squeezed her hand again. "Great! I swear you won't regret it!" he said cheerily, attempting to reassure her. "Let's enjoy the whirlwind of pleasure!"
She felt a prickling sensation on the back of her neck as she spoke with Berjes Furst and glanced around the room, meeting Angus Laird's eyes. Sending him a quick nod, she turned back to Berjes.
A few moments later, Angus tapped her on the shoulder and asked her to dance. Inwardly sighing, she agreed. Angus thought he was a ladies man, but he was too touchy-feely for her liking! She knew she'd be fending off his groping hands for a short-time.
Blaze swiveled his head and glared at Angus. "Did he touch you?"
Esther stroked his shoulder. "No, no. He didn't. I just dislike spending time alone with him. He makes me feel like he's sizing me up for a meal."
"I want you to stay away from him!" Blaze said.
Esther rolled her eyes. "He's perfectly harmless, Blaze. He just thinks he's Orb's gift to women!"
"I'm serious, Esther," Blaze argued. "I don't want you around him!"
Esther was dumb-struck. Her husband was jealous! "Then I suppose you will need to stop inviting him over to our house where I must be a gracious hostess and speak with him."
Orb's Year 938
Esther had been very happy when Blaze had told her they would have a small family dinner. It would be a nice relaxing break from the constant social whirlwind.
But, she blanched when Farrah took the seat of honor next to Blaze...
Except Farrah, she just smiled as she listened to Blaze speak.
Abbess Farrah joined in the laughter. "I remember the afternoon she caught Blaze and I talking alone. Her face turned bright red and in truth, I could not hurry away fast enough!"
Blaze smiled at the memory. "She raked me over the coals! I told her that you were just a good friend!" he said with a laugh.
Feeling unsettled, she got up quietly, "If you'll excuse me," she mumbled before hurrying from the room.
Blaze was having a wonderful time reminiscing about the good old times. He was surprised when Esther quietly excused herself, but was certain she was fine. Turning his gaze back to Farrah, he listened to another of her stories about the Consul household.
Blaze didn't even seem to notice her waiting behind him!
"Esther! What's gotten into you?" Blaze yelped as Esther cupped the seat of his pants. Blaze glanced back at Farrah in embarrassment.
"You could've come out to join us! Everyone else went home to bed. We were just having fun reminiscing.."
"Yes, yes... about your wonderful teen years when you could stay up all night long talking to Farrah alone in a room," she stormed.
Blaze blinked. Where had that come from?
"Are you jealous?" he asked her incredulously, "Of Farrah? She's an Abbess!"
"Did you ever kiss her?" Esther demanded.
"Of course not!" Blaze snapped. "We were just friends!"
Orb's Year 939
She just hoped Blaze was ready!
Esther hurried to her husband with a smile on her face. " Isn't she wonderful!" she asked cheerfully.
Blaze scoffed, "Cecelie? You gave the thing a lady's name!"
Esther turned to glare at her husband. "She's staying," Esther said firmly as she turned and flounced away.
And damned if the dog didn't flounce behind her.
"Bloody dog," Blaze cursed as he grabbed his pillow and stalked from the room.
Cecelie ran from the room and licked Blaze's hand.
Blaze woke up to the dog licking him. "Yeck!" he cursed angrily. "Go on!"
But the dog just started whimpering and nudging his hand. Then Blaze heard it. A low moan from the room. The baby! Quickly, he jumped up and raced to Esther.
Esther nodded as she labored to bring their child into the world. Finally, there was a lusty cry as she held a small little boy in her arms.
"Welcome home," Esther grinned down at her son, Chaz Noble.
Blaze came closer and held his wife and newborn son. A nudge and a luck at his hand made him look down. "Fine, you did a good job," Blaze told the dog. " You can stay..."
Orb's Year 940
"I have a surprise for you," Esther teased as she lowered herself from his arms. "But it's in the bedroom..."
The baby's cries stopped them abruptly. Esther squeezed his hand and mumbled her apologies before hurrying to see what Chaz needed.
Blaze grinned, "He's a good boy!" he bragged, "Strong and smart as can be!"
Princess Catherine came over and pinched Chaz's cheek. "He's a beautiful little boy!" she said happily before chatting with Esther about this or that.