slew of children for when she managed to see her husband it
always ended up producing another mouth to feed.
They in turn had to start working young even at the tender age of
five to earn a coin. Daydreams of the young in fanciful scenarios
of having one of the dashing princes or lords being the one
to sweep them away into a life of luxury were what fueled the
group to have a piece of a life out of their reach in gossiping
about them instead. Harmless on the surface but many times
caused these very lords a lot of grief.
children were now mostly grown and the girls especially came back
with any tales of the lords seen about in various taverns. They
rarely went to the local ones for they felt out of place. Still it
was not beyond them to take a peek in a window or listen to the
conversations that went on. Of course they would come home all
excited and tell their mother of all they heard, sometimes with
that knowing dreamy look in their eyes. Matty didn't need to get
out although she did on enough occasions to hear or see firsthand.
It had become an underground network that kept track of all the
social royalty events in particular. Of course the stories were
always embellished just by how many times they were passed on to
make them even more appealing. It was such a day Matty was doing
the mundane task of mending the fishermen's nets that her oldest
girl came to tell her the latest news. Carley was a fetching lass
but as usual held that harsher quality to her without the luxury
of being brought up in the more refined schooling. She was sixteen
and already had a few of the dockworker's sons after her. Still,
she held those young girl's fancies of handsome princes that only
fueled Matty's to renew.
husband had been killed in an accident while loading heavy crates.
A rope frayed and the large heavy crate being hoist onto one of
the big ships came crashing down on him breaking his neck. Now
times were even harder and to keep her mind from such, gossip was
the release. Even with her haggard looks there was still the young
girl of dreams inside. Unfortunately she was no longer appealing
to the single older men and so living a life of fantasies was
easily fueled by her daughters. Her sons were gone, taking
positions on crews but they would send back money when they could.
She was left with two daughters, the older one married and a
mirrored life of her mother's. Carley was headed for the same but
until then she used her natural gift of picking up tales of the
Wait 'till ye hear this!" Squealed excitedly as Matty
dropped a knot when arms were swung around her shoulders from
behind. Her surprise first came in an explicit curse but didn't
last long when she realized it was Carley. Her daughter was
immediately around to take up the crate next to her.
eyed her with that gleam in her eyes for she knew now there would
be a delicious tidbit to be had and shared with all her other
cronies. Carley had to draw in a breath making Matty shift towards
her in expectation while setting down the net she was working
on. If Carley procrastinated as she usually did she'd
whack her upside the head to get her to spit it out.
recognized that look and this time she was just too excited to
draw it out while that dreamy eyed look came quickly.
"Oh, tae be Adwyn, Mother! The sail maker lass that was
hired on by those three handsome lords." Now that she was
starting to get the story out she was bouncing on the crate for that
excitement. "He serenaded her at that Dragon tavern I
there were three lords, one a prince, one a Duke's son and the
foreigner they didn't know a lot about. Yet. She was hoping it
would be him just so they could find out more. Or was it more
she'd been eyeing the man herself? More than likely she had her
secret thoughts on that one. "CARLEY!" Voice pierced to
bring her daughter back to some reality and get on with the
gossip. "There are three! Which one and what happened?"
Otherwise she might go on about the sail making lass and wishing
to be in her shoes.
name yelled in her ear had the expected result. Carley gasped in a
breath bringing her back from the dreamy eyed look with a blink.
"The Prince, Collin McAndrews serenaded Adwyn in a crowded
tavern filled with people." As if crowded didn't mean filled
with people and needed to be clarified. "Sang to her, it was
so dreamy. A prince singing to a sail maker lass." Sighing
now as the color on her cheeks had already heightened to blotches
of red. "He is so handsome."
pinch her mother gave her made her yelp as she bolted up. Matty
did it for her own good. It was one thing to daydream or even pass
on such news than to watch her daughter become too entranced with
something that could never be. "Now on with yea lass, you've
work tae catch up wit' so ye can be having time tae yeself at the
taverns tonight." Carley quickly nodded but the skip in her
step as much as told Matty she'd be keeping to her fanciful dreams
of handsome princes.
her daughter was out of sight, Matty was up with a wicked smile on
her face. It was time to find her cronies but as she went she told
every single woman and man she knew of the Prince Collin McAndrews
serenading Adwyn, the sail maker lass. Now the men were
even watching the shipwright in new light and the young lass would
have them taking extra glances her way while the other young
girls with a knowing secretive smile when they caught her eye.
*Picture used is to represent how
Matilda would look only.
No Claims Made*