. . . Although she had been a captive, she had been safe – protected from a superstitious crew by a near-crazed nobleman. Grania and Sean had risked everything in the attempt to rescue her, and the reward was Bingham’s increased campaign to destroy native Irish power in the west. Word had already arrived of the sweeping changes he intended to make, changes that would rob Grania’s son-in-law of his rightful claim as leader of the Burke clan. The reward for their courage had been paltry, and more was to come, she knew it. Maureen felt a deep anger at the injustice . . .
D: And did it? Did more come from Bingham?
A: Um . . . Well . . .
D: Come on, I didn’t stick around. I want to know what kind of havoc we wreacked.
A: You always wreak havoc, D.
D: And your point. . . ?
A : (Eye roll) Yes D, more came from Bingham. He . . . he really wasn’t all that pleasant, so far as Grace O’Malley and her cohorts were concerned.
D: Well, they were pirates, A.
A: Her son wasn’t. Her son-in-law wasn’t.
D: I think I may be sorry I asked.
A: He got his way in the end. He was responsible for her son’ murder and fouled up the leadership system – he was generally disruptive. It wasn’t pretty. But! He was sent to Flanders for his pains.
D: You mean, he was caught?
A: Not so much caught as the Irish started taking offense at his tone. They filed suit after suit against him—
D: And I thought American’s were bad.
A: Well, we do have lots of transplants.
A: Of course, Bingham managed to put himself back into power, and even managed to thwart the Queen’s edict that Grace get her fleet and cattle back.
D: So everything he worked for, everything he set out to do, he got.
A: Almost. Grace was pretty canny herself. She kept her hand in until the day she died. She and Bingham – they were chess partners.
D: You make it sound almost nice, A. Sounds more to me like Grace was a pain in the arse.
A: Same could be said for Bingham.
D: Aye, but you’re the only one among us that has an O’Malley in her family line.
A: That’s not tr—
D: Spoilers, A! As I was saying, I’m starting to see the family resemblance.
A: Oh! Thanks, D. That’s the nicest—
D: A – A come on, I didn’t—
A: No, D. That really was swell. Thank you.
D: I have my moments.
A: Yes you do.
Introducing the D&A Shout out
D: The what?
A: Shout out.
A: Shout out, D. Accolades, introductions, etc.
D: . . .
A: Oh come on, D. You are a druid – I can only imagine that Bard training was part of that.
D: You imagine correctly, for once.
A: And that means you tell the tale, Druid. We are telling the tale.
D: . . . Okay, you have me there. Tell away, A.
A: Well, we have The Community Storyboard. This place is excellent, and there are some really lovely writers and poets sharing their talent. Check them out! There was a weekend prompt on pearls . . . I even thought up a quirky little tale for that one.
D: Am I in it?
A: I only wish you were in it, D.
D: I don’t think I want to know. Don’t forget the Rome Construction Crew (RCC). . . did you really have to tell people why you failed at writing for 10 years?
A: Yep. It’s all about support D – in order to do that effectively, one must be honest.
D: I suppose . . .
A: And, there’s the MisAdventures of Vanilla – there’s a call for characters if any writers are interested. This is a great on-going story and everyone really should check it out!
D: And finally, we have awards, but as ever, Miss A is tardy and has nothing prepared. I think we’re making a page. Don’t worry, I’ll mentally torment her until she gets it done. I’m good at that sort of thing.
A: Thanks, D. In the meantime, we’d like to send a huge thank you to Mike at The Eye-Dancers and Patty at Petite Magique for the “Tag , you’re it” award and the “Most Influential Blogger” award. Thank you so much – you are all so very kind and wonderful!
D: Is that it?
A: Yes, that’s it – now, to commemorate the holiday, work in the garden and celebrate.
D: What are we celebrating? Can I come?
A: My birthday D. 33 this year.
D: You really do like 3s, don’t you? Weirdo.
A: Cheers, D!