Aidan was disappearing. No. I fought against Jim, hitting and shrugging and punching but he held me supernaturally fast. No!
While the kids and the men play the silly circle game, Patience and I wander downstream. She made a new sling, a smaller flowered one, so that she can carry Mira everywhere, and we find a flat rock where she can sit with her bare feet in the water and nurse the baby. I lie there looking up at the clouds and listening to the river as it sings below.Be a midwife with a baby, a toddler, and two school-aged children.
I’ve thought about that. It will be harder, but maybe you’ll help me. Here she grins. I know how you love childbirth.I can’t help but smile back. Helping women have babies when you’re in charge isn’t so bad.So you’ll be my partner, like Bitsy?
I don’t answer at first, trying to pull all the pieces of my life together, mother, nurse, midwife. Then I shrug. I guess I could.Patience cheers and kicks water up like a little girl. Yay! And the drops come down like diamonds, sparkling in the sun.
Dinner! It’s Mrs. Maddock calling from the riverbank.
Our picnic, on blankets, isn’t exactly a feast, just whatever we could throw together; potato salad from Patience, deviled eggs from me, fresh home-baked bread and bean pickles from Mrs. Maddock, and cold milk from Moonlight, the Hesters’ cow.No. In fact, the more she thought about it, the more she wanted to gag. Oh, no. Stomach…no.
She stared at him for a while. In all the ways that mattered, Peyton was the very thing she detested in a male, all that glymera bullshit wrapped up in a package that, as much as she tried to deny it, even she recognized as attractive.He was her sister’s type, as a matter of fact.
Good thing Sophy was never going to meet him. Or Oskar would learn firsthand how it feels when someone you think loves you treats you like you’re an iPhone 5 in an X world.Actually, wasn’t that a tempting fantasy…