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Postby Aria » Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:54 pm

She was gone!

Fear gripped Shona's heart when she went to check on Cat and found her bed empty. She had spent a lot of time with her eldest sister when she was ill, and looked in on her every morning as soon as she woke up. But now she wasn't there!

Leaving the room, she ran to the landing and down the stairs. Hearing activity in the kitchen, she ran in that direction, stopping in the doorway when she saw Cat preparing tea. Relief flooded through the young girl's soul and she was pleased that her sister felt well enough to get up.

“Are you sure you shouldn't still be in bed?” Shona asked. “I could have fixed tea and brought you breakfast.” She didn't possess Cat's culinary skills, nor did she have any interest in learning to cook, but she could have asked a servant to make something.
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Cat's head turned at the sound of the kitchen door opening and found herself staring down at her second youngest sister's frown. The frown, so similar to the one that could grace her own lips, instead caused her to smile, but just barely. Her little sister might be quiet, but she was also as stubborn as a mule. A very MacBain trait, as all four siblings were blessed (or cursed) with it. "If I had to look at those walls for one more minute, I'd have gone completely mad. I feel much better," she replied at Shona's questions. Plus, the idea of any of her sisters attempting to do anything in the kitchen beyond taste testing for her was both terrifying and hilarious.

As she waited for the water to boil, she slipped into the pantry and brought out a plate of scones that their cook had made the night prior. Cat believed they weren't nearly as good as her own, but then again, the Scot was never one for self-doubt. Placing the plate on the kitchen table, she sat down with a less than lady-like thump. There was only so much she could do, so soon out of bed. "You'd best sit and eat then get ready for church," she instructed as she pulled out a handkerchief and delicately dabbed at her red nose.
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Postby Aria » Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:35 pm

To Shona's credit, she did know how to make tea, but it wasn't the best tea in the world. She let the leaves seep for too long and it turned out being a bit bitter. And, in truth, she had only tried it once and the poor result, plus the fact that Fiona had pretended to gag and Aileen had made a face, convinced her never to try again.

“I think I would feel the same way and I'm glad you're feeling better.” Her stomach rumbled when she saw the croissants and she sat down, her frown returning when her sister mentioned church. She dreaded any kind of outing that forced her to socialize and wished she could stay at home and read or embroider instead.

“You're going to church like that?” Fiona's sardonic voice proceeded her into the room and she walked over to her sister and studied her closely. “Forgive my honesty, Cat, but you look like hell.”
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Postby Catriona MacGregor » Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:19 pm

Shona's remark on how she looked caused Cat to raise a brow. Yes, she knew right now she looked horrible. Her hair was a mess, her face showed reminders of the illness she was just getting over and she was still in comfortable clothes. "That is why the good Lord created cosmetics," she intoned in her most superior tone. "I may not look my absolute best at this moment, but there are tricks a lady can do to hide some flaws."

Taking the water off the boil, she poured it into a pretty tea pot with the MacBain crest on it. It was one of Cat's preferred blends. One of a blend with citrus notes over a black tea. She was just starting to be able to smell it. Yeah, she could breathe through her nose again!

Returning to the table, she poured out two cups of tea as she settled down, taking a scone for herself. "So yes, even though I look like hell, we are going to church." Cat turned to face Fiona, giving her a cool look. "Your honesty is appreciated, Fi."
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Postby Aria » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:43 pm

“Well, that's a first,” Fiona replied, more concerned about her sister than she pretended to be. She must still be ill not to take offense at a comment like the one she had just made, and she had actually been hoping to get a rise out of her. Shrugging, she retrieved a cup, sat down beside Shona, and poured herself some tea.

“Not even cosmetics can hide sniffling and coughing. But I perfectly understand that you want to get out of the house. I don't think I could have stayed in bed so long if I had been the one who fell ill.” Fiona was notoriously cranky, demanding, and annoying when she was sick ... and sometimes when she wasn't.

Before she could say anything else, Aileen came bounding down the stairs, her long auburn hair bouncing against her back. “Cat!” she exclaimed, reaching out to hug her sister but stopping when she saw the scone in her hands. “You're all better! Now we don't have to listen to Dougie anymore!” Her eyes widened. “He wouldn't even let me go to the ball!”

“You're too young for balls,” Fiona said, rolling her eyes.

“Am not!” Aileen put her hands on her hips and glared at her.

“Are too!”

“Am not!”

“Are too!”

Shona ignored them and bit into a croissant.
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Postby Catriona MacGregor » Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:17 am

If there were a contest in this family for worst patient, Fiona would win, though just by a hair. Aileen was a cuddler when ill; Shona normally slept through it, though she had been known to sleep walk as well. But Fiona...she was at death's door at the sign of a sniffle. The world was coming to an end. She needed everything at that precise moment, if not 10 minutes before she thought of it.

But before she could agree with her dramatic sister, the youngest burst into the kitchen. Handing Aileen the scone in her hand, Cat then reached out to give her littlest sister a hug. Then, she reached for another. Before she could respond, her siblings were once again acting like siblings. Putting her fingers between her lips, she let out a shrill whistle that she had learned from the stable hands while growing up and hiding from her parents. It had worked more than once at silencing a squabble. The sound hurt her head, but she opted not to show it, except for a wince. She had to be strong for the girls, which required faking not having a headache.

"You should always listen to Douglas, he is your elder," she informed Aileen. "And you are still too young for the balls." Cat knew what went on at balls. Though, through sheer dumb luck, she wasn't aware of what Fiona got up to at them. "But soon. Don't rush getting older. It isn't as fun as it looks like. Stay young for as long as you can." Having had to grow up well before her time, Cat knew what she was talking about.
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Postby Aria » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:14 pm

Aileen took the scone from her sister, and leaned into her hug, returning it with her free hand. She was so happy that Cat was better. Why did Fiona have to go and ruin everything with her stupid comment? She was not about to back down, certain that she was not too young to attend balls, but Cat's earsplitting whistle shut both girls up. Startled, Aileen dropped her croissant on the floor and Dragh, who had meandered into the kitchen, bounded over to it and downed it in one gulp. Dogs would eat almost anything. Cats were more finicky. Leanne had been sleeping on her bed when she had woken up. She was probably still there.

Shona flinched but Fiona just huffed and took a sip of tea. She didn't mind listening to Douglas; he had given her some good advice and she thought that she was his favorite sister, and not just because of what had happened between them. She smirked at Aileen when Cat agreed with her. “Told you so,” she said sarcastically.

Personally, she thought that her sister was wrong and that being grown up was much more fun than being a child, but she could tell Aileen that later. Another argument might send Cat back to bed and Fiona wanted to go to church. She didn't relish sitting through a boring sermon but she enjoyed the socializing afterward.

Aileen sat down and Shona poured her a cup of tea. “Why am I too young for balls but not for church or the sleigh race Dougie took us to yesterday?” she asked. It didn't make sense to her that she could go to some court events but not to others.

"You didn't miss anything," Shona's voice was quiet. "I wish I could have stayed home." With courtiers meandering all over the palace, it had been easy to slip away to the library, where she had remained for most of the evening. Nobody had disturbed her, and she didn't have to meet new people or dance with strange gentlemen. Unfortunately, she knew she wouldn't be that lucky all the time.
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Postby Catriona MacGregor » Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:43 am

Cat was seriously considering running back upstairs to her bed and hiding under her covers for one more day as her sisters snipped and sniped at each other. Sitting at this table, you'd never think they loved each other. The eldest MacBain girl knew better.

"Because church is for all ages. If I thought Nessie could sit through it without pitching a fit or requiring a changing, I'd bring her along too. And what's this about a sled race?" Doug might have talked to her about it, but she simply didn't remember being asked permission. Of course, he might have simply done it on his own, without discussing it with her. He sometimes forgot that even though he was the eldest, she was the one in charge in this house.

At Shona's words, she looked at her middle younger sister. She was always the quiet one, the one more interested in books and learning than boys and parties. But it was that quiet, calm way of hers that would likely land her a husband before Fiona. And wouldn't that cause a ruckus? "Tis our lot in life, loves. We're born of noble parents, and as such, are required to do things we don't want to do in the name of our nobility. Dressing up to do the pretty isn't what everyone enjoys, but it is our duty." Shona wasn't the only one who didn't always want to dress up and put on a fake front.
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Postby Aria » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:42 pm

Aileen sighed. “So I can go to all the boring things but not the fun ones.” She had a hard time sitting still on any occasion, and church was especially dull, except for the singing. Like the rest of her siblings, she had an excellent voice. The sermons, though, were difficult to sit through. Sometimes they seemed to last forever.

“There was a sleigh race yesterday,” Fiona explained. “Doug took the three of us. Lord Melville was there too. It was fun and we all behaved ourselves.* Wouldn't you have taken us if you had been well enough?” For some reason, she felt the need to come to defense of their brother.

Shona kept her head down, carefully cutting her croissant in half and smearing jam on it. She actually liked dressing up and she was beginning to find boys intriguing, which confused and embarrassed her. But she was afraid of having to speak to any of them, or even dance with them. Fiona had told her that she would enjoy balls one day, but she didn't believe her.

“You won't hear any arguments from me,” Fiona piped up. “Am I the only MacBain girl who actually loves to socialize? I'm in my element when there's lots of people around.” She had thought that Cat was fond of socializing too, but perhaps she had been wrong. If so, her eldest sister hid it well.


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