Orb's Year 937
Dirk Baker grinned. "Welcome to our home," he said, throwing his arms wide to ___.
"As way of thanks, I'd like you accept this gift..." Velma said, pulling down a large, brightly colored vase from her cart."
Velma winked at him. "I have traveled the world and seen many strange things!"
"Well, I cannot wait to hear your stories," Dirk said, pulling in another bubble-breath.
"Why not? We don't own the land! We've just arranged some tents and tables around some trees! She's safer here than alone!"
"I thought the whole reason we moved out here was to punish me and avoid people!"
"Suzie, it wasn't to punish you," Dirk said reasonably. "It was to get out from under the Taveryn-thumb and to live freely - without restrictions and ridiculous family expectations! To make music and to make friends - no matter their class!"
"Well, I hate it! I hate sleeping in a tent! I hate grilling over a fire! I hate it!" Suzie said shrilly before stomping away to the tent. It only added to her anger when she had to slap the tent flaps from her face before entering the tent. I hate it, she fumed angrily.
Orb's Year 938
Velma was exactly the opposite... extremely happy!
"Are you happy here?" Caitlyn Potter asked. Orb's truth, if anyone deserved happiness in this world, her brother did!
Dirk took in the laughter, the music and the happiness from all around him. Smiling, he nodded, "I am. I just wish Suzie did, as well."
Caitlyn was quiet a moment and added cautiously, "Sometimes when you've been married for years, you need a moment to recapture the magic of your relationship. Perhaps she just needs to know you still love her!"
"That's an excellent idea!" Dirk said enthusiastically. "Thanks sister!"
Suzie snorted with displeasure. "Perhaps when we have running water I'll be more willing to be intimate with you! As it is, cold showers from the rain barrels does not inspire passion!"
Orb's Year 939
Turning to her husband, she put her hands on her hips. "It's disgusting!" she snapped.
Dirk shrugged, "Just because you've chosen not to make love does not mean that everyone will follow suit."
Suzie sputtered. Her husband was defending that gypsy? Suspicion crept into her heart. "Have you been with her, too?" she accused.
Dirk shrugged, "Perhaps you wouldn't worry so much if you acted as a real wife would." He turned and walked into their tent.
Suzie narrowed her eyes.
Velma laughed lightly, "Suzie, I have no need of your husband! We are just friends!"
Suzie scoffed, "Oh please, you pant after every man that walks by here!"
Velma looked down at the bitter woman. "Two lovers in the same number of years does not mean I 'pant after every man'. Look to your own troubles before coming to mine."
Suzie watched Velma walk off confidently. I'll make him pay! she thought angrily.
Orb's Year 940
And it was clear to her that her dear friend was in store for serious heart-ache...
This was no ordinary love affair...
"No! I want to play!" Eddie grinned. "And I don't want to wash!"
"Sorry, Uncle Dirk. I was just trying to think of something to talk to her about. She is looking bigger, though, isn't she?"
Dirk glanced back as Suzie stomped to the tent. "You know, she is, isn't she?" Dirk said to himself.
Someone crying woke Dirk up instantly. There had been many tears since they'd lost both his half-brother, Brand Taveryn, and his nephew's young wife, Christa Taveryn. Coping with the loss was hard for everyone involved.
Scooting out of the tent, he looked around.
It sounded like someone was hiding behind the tent...
Suzie sobbed fresh tears. "Shortly before he died."
Dirk thumped his fist in his palm and pointed his finger at her. "I knew it! I knew you lusted after my brother!"
"That's sick, Suzie! Just sick!"
All the fight drained from Suzie. "What do we do now?"
Dirk shook his head. "I don't know. Right now I can't even stand to look at you."
It was then that he knew that any semblance of a marriage he had with Suzie was over. There was no recovering from this farce!
She just dropped her ring next to his and walked away.