Orb's Year 937
She'd never meant to hurt Celeste's feelings when she'd spoken of the escaped prisoner - Celeste's husband. (Royale, Orb's Year 937-940)
She really should try to think before she spoke! She only hoped Celeste would forgive her quickly.
"Oh, Benedict! I carelessly spoke of Geoffrey's lover helping him escape from the prison tower," she moaned. "She was quite distraught!"
Benedict winced. He could only imagine how poor Celeste would've felt upon hearing the news. Pulling his wife into his arms, he hugged her. "Celeste is a gentle-woman. She'll forgive you soon enough."
Kea rested her head on her husband's shoulder, "I know, I just feel awful, though."
Slowly Benedict began to sway with Kea, pulling her into a dance. "It will be okay, my dear."
France stuck her tongue out at Earnest. "If I get your hands three times, then you do my work for me!" she announced.
Earnest laughed, "Not meek in the least, are you, Francine! You'll never get me!"
Earnest nudged his complaining sister with his toe. "Enough. I won fair and square. You should not cast doubt upon my honor!"
Benedict glanced over at his son and frowned. "I don't think..."
Kea shook her head. "You know he wants to join you and feel as though he's helping. It's been his dream."
Benedict sighed. "Maybe you're right. I'll talk to him..."
Earnest lit up with a smile. "Do you mean it? I can help?"
Benedict held up a finger, "I said train! First you have to prove yourself, starting from the very bottom!"
"I will, father! I will prove my worth to you!"
Benedict looped his arm around his son's shoulders, "Ah, son, I already know your worth, I just need you to show me your hard work and perseverance!"
Orb's Year 938
Earnest rolled his eyes. "You don't have to call her the Queen, just Aunt Deidre," he instructed his younger sister.
Francine stuck her tongue out at him. "Shows what you know! Everyone calls her Queen Deidre!"
Deidre pulled Francine into her arms for a hug and winked at Earnest. "I love when you call me Auntie Queen Deidre! It brings joy to my heart!"
Barron shook his head. So far there had been no trace of Geoffrey L'Adventurer or Gwen Consul.
Benedict shook his head sadly. "Who knows when that viper will strike," he groused. "How is Celeste and the girls holding up?"
Barron glanced over his shoulder towards their younger sister. "She seems to be doing well. Deidre sent a Castle Guard to stay with her and the girls for protection."
Sighing, Benedict thumped his brother on his shoulder. "Enough talk of sad news, this is Francine's celebration!"
Kea laughed, "You blew them out too swiftly, darling. Everyone has not gathered around!"
Orb's Year 939
Kea smiled, "We try to meet once a month to talk and gossip.
"What do you usually talk about?" Suzanne asked curiously.
"Oh, this and that! Our husbands, our children, anything!"
Royale, Orb's Year 929-932)
The ladies laughed at the memory of the joke as Princess Suzanne scrunched up her nose and said, "I don't get it."
Benedict walked into the room and heard the end of his wife's explanation. "Ribald jokes? Surely such fine ladies would not stoop so low!" he said with mock seriousness.
Kea smiled up at her husband. "Oh, of course not, dear! We wouldn't dream of it."
Benedict wagged his finger at his wife. "Do not get in trouble, dear!"
"I will keep my lips tightly shut, dear!"
All the ladies in the room giggled at that, even Suzanne. For in the short time Suzanne had known Kea, she could tell that she was not a woman to remain silent for very long!
Kea smiled, "Oh, wonderful. I did not insult anyone, if that is what you were wondering!"
Benedict laughed. "Never!"
Orb's Year 940
They often vigorously debated the Celestial Orb. Earnest contended that there must be some natural explanation for the occurrence, whereas Haydin firmly believed the Abbess' propaganda.
Haydin nodded. "I think I heard that some grow in the Haunted Woods. Perhaps I will make a trip out there."
Dresden cleared his throat. "You are aware of the circumstances surrounding my twins," he began. Sighing, he buried his head in his hands. "I fear I shall have to tell the girls of their parentage now that Gwen and Geoffrey are on the loose."
Benedict nodded, still unsure of why Dresden had come.
"The thing is, there will likely be an uproar. I would like to know Faelyn is well-settled." Dresden cleared his throat again. "If you are agreeable, I believe that Earnest and Faelyn would be a good match."
Benedict cocked his head to the side and considered. He had seen Earnest, Faelyn and Haydin putting their heads together to discuss matters of science. Although they argued loudly at times, there seemed to be a thread of respect.
Benedict nodded, "I believe you are right. They would be a good match. You may make arrangements for her to come stay with her intended."
Dresden nodded his thanks and took leave.