Glad you could join us for the next feisty episode of Elliot’s Adventures. If you’re new here, you can catch up by returning to the beginning, and reading really fast…
“Rori Aideen O’Shay,” she corrected him, holding out her hand, “an’ I’m not ashamed ta say it.”
Bowing as deeply as his bandages would allow, Vernon took her hand and pressed his lips to it. “Now I know why your children are so beautiful.”
Fergus laughed. “Were ya thinkin’ I musta brought ya ta the wrong family?”
“I thank’ee kindly, Mr. Vernon,” Rori Aideen smiled as she wrapped Fergus’ arm around her shoulders and snuggled at his side, “but the finest qualities our children possess come from their fahther.” Her smile vanished in an instant and tears welled in her eyes. “I hope ye’ll forgive me rude behavior earlier, but I was so worried we’d lahst him…”
“An’ then so excited ta hear me voice that ya couldn’t wait till nightfall ta show me how grateful ya were I’d come back!”
Her cheeks blushing a deep rose, she smacked him on the arm. “Mr. O’Shay! Not in front o’ the little ones!”
But the little ones already knew, and fell into a heap of giggles.
Arturo hadn’t spoken since he’d announced they were going to make a stop up ahead. With only the burble of an unseen brook to listen to, Cassandra eventually stopped asking him where they were going, and followed at an uncomfortably swift pace. When he stopped suddenly, she bumped into him.
“Sorry,” she began, but he held up his hand to shush her.
“Do you hear that?”
Listening hard, she asked, “What? Is someone… singing?”
A plaintive melody drifted through the still heaviness of the forest green.
Arturo dashed down the bank with Cassandra right behind, to the very edge of the water.
“Sylvia!” Arturo cried.
To be continued. . .