December 26, 2013 by Lyn
This is in response to Kuro_Neko’s request in my December Drabbles offer here for more of Ceinwen’s conversation with her parents.
The drabbles were offered at 50-500 words; I can definitely go further with this if someone wants to commission more.
After Did You Know, beginning of Summer Break between Years 9 & 10
Silence hung over the dinner table.
”Yes, we knew.” Her father had said it. He’d admitted to it. What did you say to that, to your parents knowing they’d sent you to a… a slave camp?
Her mother cleared her throat. “Colden.”
“I think she deserves as much of the story as we can tell her, Gina. And she’s asking the questions – which was always the qualifier, wasn’t it?”
Ceinwen watched them. She’d “seen” this argument several times already, while she lay in her bedroom pretending to sleep. They would come to a conclusion eventually.
“It’s not comfortable, no. But we knew it wasn’t going to be, once we talked to Marianne about Aelgifu, didn’t we? We knew it was going to be tricky, and we knew it was going to be hard. We knew that when we signed the agreement, all those years ago. Two children in four years…”
“I know, Colden. But.” Ceinwen’s mother put her hands over her face. “I can’t very well argue you’re too young, can I, Cinnabon? With the questions you’re asking…?”
“No, Mom.” Ceinwen tried to sound gentle. “I mean – I might be too young, but I already know… I know things can be bad, and I know they can be messy. And I’m pretty clear on where babies come from.”
Her mother made a little choked noise that was almost a laugh, and turned to Ceinwen’s father. “I guess…”
“I can handle it.” Colden patted Gina’s shoulder gently. “Your cousin Aelgifu went to Addergoole, you knew that.”
“I knew.” Let them tell this their own way.
“And we’re not as Faded, your mother and I – or your Aunt Marianne – as some of the parents in Regine’s little program. So we knew what fae life was like.” He coughed, and it seemed to Ceinwen that he was only managing eye contact by force of will. “But until Aelgifu came back from Addergoole, we didn’t know how much of the Law they were replicating in the school. We didn’t know about the faux-Keepings and we didn’t know about the faux-Promises, not until then. And by then it was too late.”
“But you knew about the babies.” Her voice sounded flat. That was all right; she felt flat.
“Yes. We knew about the babies.”
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