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Niels stared at his brother-in-law blankly for one moment and then exploded, “Are ye daft? We’re no’ going anywhere near Drummond. We’re traveling to McKay in the north. Drummond is south.”
“Aye,” Geordie agreed next to him, scowling at their sister’s husband for good measure. “We only stopped here to drop off Rory and see our sister.”
“I ken,” Greer growled, his eyes shifting from the four Buchanan brothers sitting at his table, to the upper landing as if expecting his wife to appear at any moment.
Niels followed his glance, but there was nothing to see. The landing was empty. He looked back to his brother-in-law in time to see his mouth firming with determination as he turned his attention back to them
“I ken it would add to yer journey, and I’d no’ ask, but Saidh is really worried about her friend Edith Drummond. In the last letter she had from her four weeks ago, Edith was feeling poorly, and she’s no’ heard from her since. Saidh’s had no’ response to her last three messages and is concerned.”
“Then send a damned messenger,” Niels snapped impatiently. “Good Lord, man. Drummond is almost as far south as Buchanan and then it’s another day’s ride east. We’d ha’e to ride all the way back there, and then return here just to continue on with our original journey.”
“It would add at least a week to our travels,” Geordie put in scowling.
“More,” Alick commented with a grimace. “We have to ride slow with the cart.” Shaking his head, he said, “Niels is right. Ye’d do better to send a messenger.”
“Did you no’ hear me just say that Edith has no’ responded to the last three messages we sent?” Greer growled with frustration. “Me last messenger could no’ even get inside Drummond bailey. He was made to leave the message at the gate. He returned with no news at all. Saidh is bound and determined to ride to Drummond herself and see that Edith is all right.”
“So?” Niels asked with bewilderment. “Saidh has traveled before and will again. What—?”
“She is with child,” Greer roared as if they had forgotten that little fact.
“Aye, with child, no’ dead,” Niels said with disgust. “Good Lord, she has five more months before the babe is due. Surely ye’re no’ trying to wrap her in swaddling and keep her from doing anything jest because she—Good Christ!” he ended with dismay as Saidh appeared at the top of the landing and started down the stairs. His dear—usually lithe—sister looked like she’d swallowed a calf . . . or two. Good God her belly was so swollen and rounded out she could be carrying three calves in there, he thought with dismay. She looked so ungainly he feared she would overbalance and roll down the stairs like a ball.
Apparently, he was not the only one with that concern, for Greer MacDonnell was even now leaping to his feet to rush to his wife’s side. They all watched in silent amazement as he hurried up the stairs, scooped her up into his arms and carried her down the rest of the way.