“Farid!!” Asha squealed running across the lounge and throwing herself into her brothers arms. While her father and step mother stood helplessly by. “I’m so glad you made it, I was so fearin you wouldn’t”
Falcon chuckled, “Your brother would not have forgiven us if we didn’t”
“But who’s looking out after the tavern?” she dared peeling herself from her brothers arms while trying to ignore the stunned look upon his face.
“Mael…. takin care of it” Farid mumbled, a strange look upon his face. She didn’t need to read his mind to know he had already read her’s. “Your…”
“Hush!” she hissed, trying to quieten him before he ruined everything.
“Later!” she insisted. “Secret you understand?”
He didn’t replied, mentally or otherwise but nodded his head in acceptance a somewhat shocked expression on his face.
“I’m so glad you both could make it” Maud interjected, reaching out for the one thing she had truly been exited about arriving seeing since the invitation’s had gone out. Daisy smiled, and humoured the the old lady passing baby Claire into the old woman’s out stretched arm’s. “Awww you see Asha… look at her isn’t she precious?” Maud smiled, holding the baby up for Asha to see“It won’t be long now”
“Sooner than she thinks?!” her brother teased mentally, having seemingly got over his shock.
Glaring back Asha urged him to keep his mouth closed. Realising then that getting though his wedding with him around would need an darn sight more than a miracle. Sometimes Farids mouth worked faster than his brain, in-fact the only successful secret she could ever recall him keeping was the one of their gifts.
“I’ll be takin you to your room” she offered quickly, eager to get their guest up the stairs as quickly as possible before Farid had time ruin any chances she had on this whole affair passing without a hitch.
Scooping up her mother in law’s bag she headed towards the stairs, but before she got two feet she found Faulke blocking the way, reaching for the bag. “I’ll take that” he urged while her instinct screaming at her to fight him, tell him to stop being ridiculous.
It was bad enough that Farid was here to let slip their secret but the way Faulke was going his mother would quickly discover the truth without a word from anyone. “I can do it” she hissed, “I’m going to BE a farmers wife, I need to learn to do my share”
“What sort of man would I be if I let my wife carry bags” he reasoned unwaveringly, forcing the bag from her grasp. “I’ll take yer upstairs” he smiled towards Falcon and Daisy. “I’m sure Asha and Farid want to catch up”
A few minutes later she and Farid where finally alone, “Damn him” she hissed, “He won’t stop fussing! I breath and he’s there … lifting and carrying it’s like he’ll fear I’ll break”
“I mean… how… your gonna have a baby?” her brother gasped.
“Hush! Keep your voice down” she scolded. “How do you think? Normal way I suppose”
“Asha… but … “
“Oh no you don’t” she hissed, “Don’t you dare to give me a lecture… not after Alice”
“I… wouldn’t” Farid shook his head. “But just thought better of Faulke that’s all”
“Faulkes a man like any other” she replied, “… things … just happened, now im dealing with it”
Her brother nodded seeming to understand
“But you have to keep it secret? Don’t go rattling off your gob like yer always do”
“I won’t” he agreed. I sware it…. I won’t tell dar… not unless you say I can”
“But Asha, do ya love him? Cause marrin is fer a long time… like forever and if you don’t really love him, it might be better that you don’t marry him… but if yer gonna have a baby, then perhaps you should?”
“Your a great help!” she groaned when he stopped babbling.
“Sorry… I just think think you should love him, that’s all. Do you love him Asha?”
“I don’t know” she sighed “Yes I suppose, though he drives me crazy half the time… “
“You know Da will support you… whatever… if you marry him or if you don’t.. Da loves ya and he will just want you happy”
“Oh Farid! You simply don’t understand. Faulke doesn’t want me shaming him”
“Seem’s to me he shamed himself” Farid grumbled, “Least he could be a man an admit he was wrong, rather than trying to hide it. What happened with me an Alice weren’t right but at least I a man to her”
“Alice will be here soon” Asha smiled, trying to change the subject. “Last I heard you two where quite cosy?”
“It ain’t that way no more” her brother replied glumly, his arm’s hanging awkwardly at his side like he wasn’t sure what to do with them.
“Oh don’t tell me she’s messin around wit Duncan again?”
“No worse! She’s got some Kin man…. keep-in her company, she says she loves him”
“Sorry Farid, I didn’t know”
“It ain’t no bother on it, I know I ain’t smart like Duncan nor a warrior like her new sweetheart. Da says he’ll find a girl in the village for me.. So it ain’t no bother really, even though I really liked her”
“Oh Farid, you don’t want a girl from the village” she sighed. She knew he father meant well, chances where with the promise of the tavern behind him Falcon could secure a wife for him, but Farid was a sensitive sort, the last thing he needed was was a wife who didn’t understand him.