A FAMILY CURSED
score ten one
The witch shall come
The son first born
Shall be forewarned
The women all
To death shall fall
A trinket's charm
The curse disarm
Alisdair Frasier married the lovely Lady Maureen he gave to her the antique,
gold bracelet that had been in his family for generations. The story behind the
bracelet itself was but a childhood memory, a tale told to him by his father to
frighten him, he thought. A witch, Octavia, angry with his ancestor, had vowed
the women of the Frasier family would be cursed to death, never to bear a
But Maureen bore him five children with ease. Neale Moncrieffe, Leora Jenyne,
Daniel William, Robert Jacob and Patrick Connell.
It was the eldest, Neale, whom Alisdair passed the story of the bracelet and
family curse on to as it was to him. Still the Duke thought little of the tale
himself for he had five healthy children. His long ago encounter with a woman
named Octavia forgotten.
During the birth of their sixth child, Hannah Siobhan, something went terribly
wrong. The infant was born already close to death and the Duchess herself did
With the love of their father, all six children thrived and grew to be strong
individuals, each aware of the importance of family. The six siblings were as
close to one another as siblings can be.
The eldest daughter, Leora, wed the Count of Finlay. It seemed an age
before she was able to conceive a child but when she finally had, no woman in
Scotland could have been happier. Alas, tragedy struck at this birth too. Ellyn
Regina was born in a pool of her dead mother's blood, barely able to breathe
The babe survived and eventually thrived but Leora's death caused a distancing
amongst the family. Neale spent more time away from home on his ship, The
Flame's Fury. Daniel, Robert and Patrick were rarely seen, spending more
and more time in their own pursuits, things that often took them miles from
When the Duke thought to arrange a marriage between his daughter, Hannah and the
Count Ferris Hughes, the girl packed up what belongings she could and seemed to
disappear into thin air.
Alisdair, frantic for her safety and furious with her for her actions, sent word
to her brothers. Soon they were assembled and the search began.
During this search, the Duke discovered several unsavory pieces of information
relating to Hannah's would-be groom and resolved to put an end to any marriage
promise to the Count Hughes.
Hannah was located in the lands of Heathfield. When found, they discovered her
reason for fleeing to be a combination of fear and disgust for the Count and
terror that marriage would lead to pregnancy and death, as it had her sister and
Fate played an interesting hand, though, for by the time her brothers and father
found her she had fallen in love with Lochlan Kearney, the local blacksmith.
Unfortunately, the Count had followed as well and the discovery of her love for
another led the already crazed, foul man to commit horrendous acts against
Hannah's friends and eventually to the kidnapping of Hannah herself.
He did not succeed for he was not as bright as he thought himself.
The King of Ballicastle gifted the Frasier Clan with lands on which they might
build a Keep of their own. A second home away from Scotland. The Duke returned
home to Falkirk to make plans.
Soon after, Hannah wed Lochlan, already carrying their child when they exchanged
vows. She fought to overcome her terror of giving birth but the pregnancy was a
difficult one. As she grew heavy with the babe she experienced tremendous pain
and nausea, even bleeding.
It was pure chance that the Duke stumbled upon a locked jewelry box that
contained the antique bracelet he had passed on to his wife. Memories of
the curse came flooding back and he recalled a line of the rhyme his father had
taught him. "A trinket's charm, the curse disarm." Now he knew. He
knew that his beloved Maureen had been lost because she hadn't been wearing the
bracelet, that they had lost Leora for the same reason.
With Hannah growing closer to giving birth the Duke ordered all his papers and
documents packed in crates and taking little Ellyn, set sail for Heathfield.
Alisdair was in poor health and suffered a stroke shortly after his arrival.
Before his death he managed to remind Neale of the story of the curse but
nothing more. The rest would be up to him. The witch had already approached and
attempted to entice the new Duke of Falkirk. With his rejection she unleashed a
spirit upon them to make their lives miserable.
And so the search to end the curse began, leading the Frasiers back to Scotland
and the first, long abandoned castle of the clan, Frissel Keep. There they would
discover the direct root of the family curse and take part in a ghostly
encounter that would shake them all to their very cores and save the life of
With the curse lifted, the Frasiers were able to return to a normal life, Neale
able to settle into his new title of Duke and guardian to his niece Ellyn,
Hannah able to take joy in motherhood. They broke ground on what
would be the new Falkirk Keep, a new start for them all. A home without the dark
clouds of a curse overhead.
The curse had lifted, yes, but the lingering effects would remain with them all,
by the former player of Hannah Frasier Kearney-