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Thank You, Readers

Thank you, Readers, (especially Reno and Carrie, who listen to my daily rants) for the fantastic support I received while editing and posting the chapters of The Farmer’s Daughter. I had such nice comments from everyone. The last seven months have been far more work than I imagined when I posted the first chapter in… Continue reading Thank You, Readers

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Chapter 31: God and Goddess

Bragi was dismissed. To my surprise, my presence was tolerated as I hunched in silence on a rafter beam under the thatch of Tanuvia’s bedroom. I’m not sure Tanuvia knew I was there. Gem shut the door behind her, went to both knees, and bowed his head while she walked around the bed. As her… Continue reading Chapter 31: God and Goddess

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Chapter 29: Consorts

Rain fell all night and into the morning. Wearing the oilskin Tanuvia had loaned him, Gem walked swiftly into Ruski before dawn. For once, Tanuvia didn’t have work in the vegetable plots.  She spent the day inside cleaning the cottage. Around noon, the inevitable happened.  The thatched roof, in need of repair, now thoroughly soaked,… Continue reading Chapter 29: Consorts

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Chapter 28: A Kiss

The trading trip went well. Gem and Tanuvia returned with an empty wagon and a few more coins for Tanuvia’s jar.  Bragi cooked a chicken Tanuvia had purchased, and they ate potatoes, yellow squash, and milk for supper. Afterward, when dishes were dried and put away, Tanuvia settled in the rocking chair. Gem brewed mint… Continue reading Chapter 28: A Kiss

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Chapter 25: Suitors

Tanuvia’s life had changed radically over the last moon. It changed sometimes so rapidly I could not analyze all the data. She seemed to experience a similar overload that day. She was especially quiet and complained of a headache. After flying to the house to ask Bragi to have willowbark tea for her at supper,… Continue reading Chapter 25: Suitors

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Chapter 24: Mercy

The emotional intricacies for Tanuvia went beyond the capacity of my programs to elucidate. Repeatedly, I came upon unsolvable dilemmas with null products, solutions that did not exist. How could Tanuvia contemplate such irrationalities and not be driven mad? If she adopted Gem’s solution, she’d wonder and worry all her life if she had burdened… Continue reading Chapter 24: Mercy

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Chapter 23: Honorable Offer

Gem arrived as Tanuvia was carrying in a basket of okra to have dried for the coming winter, a task her father could carry out because a man in a wheeled chair could cut the okra at the table into little cartwheels, spread them in a single layer on a cloth of linen stretched over… Continue reading Chapter 23: Honorable Offer