Category Archives: Holly Carpenter

Holly Thanks Hannah

Hannah helped Holly sit while she plumped the cushions, behind her. These days Hannah was so much more than simply Eadric’s nanny, she was Holly’s ladies maid and companion all rolled in to one.  The young girl looked tired and a twang of guilt washed over her.  “You know I appreciate everything you do?” Holly whispered.

“I know you do” Hannah agreed, smiling kindly.

“We should pay you more” she reasoned, “Thank you for all your hard work”

“You don’t need to, I’m glad to do it” Continue reading

Orrick demands reason

“Good Morning Orrick” Valdermar smirked as the nobleman led is new ‘wife’ into the dining room for breakfast. Ailana seemed quiet, demur and somewhat nervous … as he supposed most young women felt on the morning after their wedding. “How was the room?” he asked, “Or more importantly how was the wife?”

“Val!” Holly exclaimed.

“What?!” her husband chuckled, “He should consider himself blessed we didn’t all pile into his room at the crack of dawn to make sure everything was as it should be” Continue reading

Aliana gets some advice

Holly watched as her two sisters fussed over Ailana, it was a strange thing to watch them preening over the young girl. The whole situation was odd and while everyone thought she was being so reasonable and brave but in truth part of her had wanted to see the girl up close, see if she could see what the Hamdun woman had that had made Thomas choose her.

“Why are you being so nice to me?” Ailana asked suddenly, looking directly towards her. Continue reading

Holly invites the party

“What in blazes are they doing back here?” Valdermar fumed as he watched Orrick getting out of the coach that had just pulled up outside his home. “Your father is determined to get me killed!”

“Actually” Holly replied cautiously. “I may have invited them”


“Oh Val!” she exclaimed, “You can’t expect that girl to spend her first night as a married woman in a dingy tavern”  Continue reading

Raeanne admits to Ailana

“Lord Vaux, I mean Orrick what are you trying to do to me?” Valdermar asked, the fear in his voice suddenly evident, his gaze not even for a moment lifting from Ailana. While by his side Lady Baeumont sat in her wheeled chair, her huge swollen belly evidence of the baby that was by now due very soon.

“We where trying to pass though your estate without being noticed” Orrick chuckled, dabbing his swollen lip with the sleeve of his shirt.  Continue reading

Valdermar’s New Wife

“What is this all about?” Valdermar asked looking towards his wife across the dinner table. He wasn’t sure what was going on but he knew her well enough to know she was plotting.

She had been almost obsessive about trying to find him a wife and now both Orrick and Sir Bendett had refused to consider him as an option for their daughters she had begun to look further a field.  Continue reading

Valdermar Promises

Valdermar sat in the corner his face as stern as thunder he wasn’t happy with the dinner arrangements, he wasn’t happy at all.  While things had gotten significantly better for them since his father’s money arrives it had certainly seemingly relieved some of the financial stress the fact remained that Holly was now down to her final weeks.

“Oh Val… please at least try to be nice” Holly begged.

“I’ll be nice” he grumbled “I just don’t see why you feel the need to do this”

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