From Knotted Legacy
“Black suit? Wedding or funeral?” Elaine shifted her weight on the bed and plumped the pillow with her fist.
Martha tilted her head and looked at her sister. “Madam has a thing for suits.” She folded her shirt and placed it in her packing cube. “I miss the way Sarah ironed my shirts. So meticulous.”
Elaine snorted. “Another one that left us. Are you going to see Vivian? I wonder how things are going with Bridget. What a succulent little brat.” She sucked her teeth.
“Do you miss Octavia?” Elaine smiled a sick smile, the one guaranteed to start a fist fight when they were children.
Martha frowned at Elaine. “Let’s drop this. I’m not going to see Vivian. She messaged me last week. Something’s come up. She won’t be attending.”
Elaine raised her eyebrows. “Something? She’s never missed one. Even the year she lost Miriam.”
Martha sighed. “She said the three of them were—involved and she was not attending.”
Elaine’s expression changed, the teasing look on her face gone. “I’m sorry. Are you okay?”
“Martha pursed her lips. “I will be. I love Vivian. I want her to be happy. I can’t believe Bridget is okay with it. She’s such a tight-ass.”
Elaine left the bed. She moved behind Martha and hugged her hard before she released her. “I’ll get out of your hair and let you finish packing. Anything special you want for lunch?”
“Is Myfanwy busy?” Martha chewed her lower lip, longing for the comfort of Myfanwy’s sweet submission."
"She’s scheduled with a client until tomorrow night.” Elaine rested her hand on her sister’s forearm. “Should I have Robin bring it to you? You haven’t even looked at her since I hired her.”
Maybe something new. Who knows? It might fill this empty place inside of me. Martha patted her sister’s hand. “That sounds delightful. Is there any of the soup we had last night?”
Elaine squeezed her hard. “Yes. I’ll send her up in an hour.”
Another in the Rowan House series
Coming September 2018 from NineStar Press