Glancing at her marked candle, she realized that her time for dawdling had grown short. She was to meet with her new student, Brooklyn Taylor in the reception room! She was sure Brooklyn would fit in at the Abbey wonderfully!
But first, where was Deanna? More often than not, Abbess Belinda needed to encourage Deanna to do her chores rather than whiling away the morning!
Barika grinned as she hugged her youngest daughter tightly. "I would not miss it for the world! Go say hello to your father!"
She was so glad that they came to see her ordained!
Camelot Knightley hugged his son tight and glanced over at Deanna. "I'll bring them home within the week," he said.
Deanna shrugged, uncaring. She wished he'd take the half-class children for eternity! Those Knightley brothers had ruined her life! Someday's she couldn't stand to even look at her children!
"What are you doing, Guy?" Hugh asked when he saw his brother flipping through the large volume.
Guy looked up with anguish in his eyes. "I'm trying to learn about falling in love so that I can help Mother and Daddy fall in love again!"
"Of course, I'd be delighted," Deanna said coyly.
Edrick's older brother, Connor, watched in surprise as Edrick practiced his charms on the older woman. Edrick was still just a boy and that woman was going to eat him alive! It was times like this that made Connor glad that he was happily married.
"I know!" Edrick said, "My brother has a room upstairs for travelers!"
Deanna wrapped her arms around the hulking lad and smiled. "That sounds perfect..."
Deanna didn't stop.
Disappointed, Edrick stopped next to Connor and sighed. "She didn't hear me," he said with regret.
Connor clapped his brother on the shoulder and grinned, "Welcome to manhood, brother!"
Orb's Year 940
"How's Henry?" she asked immediately.
Irving frowned and shrugged. He didn't want to talk about his brother. "He doesn't talk to me anymore. Come on, let's go talk," Irving said, grabbing Fatima's hand.
Fatima trailed behind Irving as he rushed upstairs to the mezzanine and wondered why Henry wasn't talking to Irving anymore...
Fatima listened to Irving whining and sighed. Irving was nice to talk to, but she missed her chats with Henry! "Was Henry there?" she asked suddenly.
Irving frowned again. "Yeah, but I caught more than him. He kept stopping to let Jessica tug on the line. We'd starve if we depended on him to provide for us!"
"Irving! It's not a contest!" Fatima said with surprise.
Irving shoved his frustration down and sent Fatima what he hoped was a grin. "You're right, Fatima."
Fatima toyed with her braid. "Well, I should probably get to work. Tell Henry I said hello."
Irving jumped up and stomped his foot. "Henry! Henry! Henry! It's always Henry!" Irving shouted. "Get over it already! You're with me now!"
Fatima stood up with alarm and stepped back. "What are you talking about? We're not 'together'!" she protested. "We're just friends!"
Irving's face turned mottled red. Angrily, he tried to pull her close for a kiss.
Frustrated, she pushed him away. "What has gotten into you, Irving? It's time for you to leave!"
"No!" Irving protested. "You were supposed to fall in love with me after I broke you and Henry up! You're supposed to marry me!" Irving all but stomped his foot in anger.
Fatima slapped Irving across the face. "You broke us up? You lied, didn't you? You lied about everything! Get out, you miserable, little brat!"
Irving glared at Fatima. "Well, you might not have fallen in love with me, but Henry thinks you have. He'll never take you back now! Now you'll have no-one, just like your mother!" He turned around and stomped off.
Deanna felt the blood drain from her face. All this time Irving had told her that Henry didn't want to see her because she'd turned him down and she'd believed him. Did Henry truly think that she could ever fall in love with his wormy-brother?!
What was she going to do?
Deanna sighed. Wasn't that the way it went... they always fell in love with someone else!
Deanna stood outside the closet and closed her eyes with a sigh. Well, that exchange had left her feeling a bit like a...
Deanna rolled her eyes, "He wasn't just anyone passing by. I invited him!"
"Deanna! This is a place of higher learning and intellect! You cannot bring your men around! What about your children?"
Deanna scowled at her younger sister. "Save your lectures for someone else," Deanna snapped before whirling away.
He hugged her fiercely, then glanced over at their other friend, Earnest Royale, Faelyn's newly betrothed. "Is everything okay?" he asked quietly.
Faelyn glanced over at Earnest and winced. "It will be fine. We shall come to terms, I'm sure," Faelyn said with more conviction than she felt. "Tis the way of arranged marriages, is it not?"
Haydin frowned. It pained him to see his two best friends at odds. Changing the subject, he grabbed Faelyn's hand. "Come with me, I'd like you to meet Abbess Brooklyn! She's about our age and so very talented at the piano!"