Orb's Year 941
Knowing she could trust no one, she chose to stay home with her babies and enjoy every moment of their childhood.
Orb's Year 942
She didn't have it...
She scoffed. Stuart just loved the idea of her - he didn't know the real Henna Diebin!
But that didn't stop her from sending him a note of thanks...
...and requesting an audience...
Henna gave herself a moment to enjoy the feel of his fingers against her skin before she steeled herself against him.
Henna leaned back against him, absorbing his strength. Blasted Orb! Why did life have to be so complicated, she wondered. Angrily, she spun in his arms, "You don't under..."
Stuart sighed. "I meant what I said, Henna. I'll wait for you. In the meantime, I'll send groceries, and flowers, and anything else I think you might need."
But she wouldn't trade a moment of it....
Orb's Year 943
"I was hoping you would like it," she heard from behind her.
Stuart groaned, "Blessed Orb, Henna. Please don't send me away."
Henna traced her fingers over his face. "I won't... I won't..." she promised. "This way..."
Stuart got up slowly, then turned back to Henna. Grabbing her hand, he kissed her palm. "I... I'm not sure what changed your mind... but I want you to know... I love you Henna. I want to be your husband and be a father to your child..."
"Children," Henna corrected automatically.
Stuart blinked. "Children? You... you have more than one... with him?" he asked lowly.
"No!" Henna said. "No! I had twins... Jade and Jace..."
Stuart squeezed his eyes shut in relief. "But you... you're not involved with him anymore?"
Henna shook her head.
She had almost caved before he left and asked him to stay - but she still hadn't told him all about her past...
She never should've given into the passion that swept through her! Hadn't she learned the hard way that recklessness was paid with folly! She wiped a stray tear. But, oh, how she wished things had been different between them...
Both children's gaze lifted to the place where the sword rested...
...it was gone...