Total Fan Fiction 3 - Part 1 Jun 13, 2006 2:07:29 GMT
Post by Paul Sarnian on Jun 13, 2006 2:07:29 GMT
Donald smiled to himself as he reached out for......
... the newspaper in the next seat. Surely not! Oh could he not get away from Glenbogle folk for a little while! For there sitting across the plane were Katrina and Fergal, kissing and cuddling to all accounts. Donald sighed and quickly put the newspaper across his face. For the rest of the journey he would stay asleep.
Glenbogle house was a lot happier at the moment. The babies were being well cared for by Penelope, although she could be a little scatty at times and Archie was actually singing to himself as he went into his office. Lexie had an idea, she would put it to Archie.
"A job, Lexie?" he was astounded "Why would you like a job, there's plenty here to do!"
He took her hands into his, took her closer in his arms as far he could do that with her in her position.
'And what about our little baby ? Don't you think you gonna have work enough after this one is born ? '
Lexie laid her head on his shoulder
'Oh Arch, it is..' she looked up at him 'you know, I want to prove myself, not only be a mum '
with her big blue eyes she looked in his dark brown eyes. 'Your mum also has done more as only being Mrs Laird ! I'm not a painter, or a gardener. I only want a new challenge ! But of course I wait till after our little daughter is born ' She smiled.
'Or son ' he kissed her.
'Or son ' she said before she couldn't talk further
I think another boy
a girl would be too... neat and perfect
"Look, I've been thinking Lexie, now that we have this extra capital behind us, it's just an idea at present, but how about we open up a little tea shop or something?"
Lexie listened with interest. "And..."
"Well, we always have that kind of Open Day don't we, in the springtime - for the locals to look around the gardens here, if we had a little shop or tea room, perhaps you could help with the planning etc. or furnishing of that?"
Lexie's eyes lit up at the thought of this new project.
"I would really enjoy that, either a tea shop or gift shop, brilliant" Lexie was full of enthusiasm
"We used to do this years ago but when things got tough, we had to stop them, but we used to get some strange people around the gardens on those days"
"Oh, I'll cope ok. I'll enjoy all the planning"
Archie got hold of her hand. "But promise me you won't overdo it! you must be careful"
Lexie gave him a quick peck on the cheek.
"Of course I won't, my man!" she said lovingly.
While Lexie was on her way to the kitchen she almost bumped on a running Duncan
'oops, sorry Lex 'He said while taking her hands before she should fall down
'Are you allright ? '
Lexie nodded yes while she tried to stand on her feet again.
'Why are you always running so hard, you Bampot !'
'Aye Lex, it's Jess this time ! Do you have seen her ? '
'No, I didn't for a while, why ? '
Duncan was looking down hesitated before he answered
'Well, you must see, we have had a bit a quarrel '
'So what ? Did she run away from you then ? '
'Yep, think so ! We couldn't agree about something '
'About what then ? 'Duncan looked the other side and Lexie could see that he was getting red in his face
'About what Duncan ! 'she insisted
'Well I thought it would would be great idea if we had a joint wedding with Molly and Golly', replied Duncan, 'but Jess wants to wait a bit, about a year actually, but I don't see the worth in waiting. Then she got in a huff and stormed off!
'Is that all Duncan, replied Lexie casually.
'brides perogative you know and I wouldn't want to get married on the same day as my father(if I had one)!
'Aye well it's a bit more complicated than that,' sighed Duncan turning even redder.
'Whatever's wrong Duncan?' inquired Lexie getting more interested. 'Well let's put it this way,' replied Duncan 'Golly's gonna be none too pleased. 'Oh Duncan,' exclaimed Lexie, her eyes twinkling...
Duncan didn't give her a chance to ask more questions, he just ran off across the courtyard, his kilt fluttering in the cold breeze!
Lexie stood there for a moment, wondering. "Umm, could it be? no, surely not.. still, we'll have to wait and see"
She continued walking back to the house. So pleased that she had now plenty to occupy herself with. But firstly she must go and find Molly and have a good girlie chat!
Duncan was running so fast that he knocked over Archie who was coming out of the office!
'Aw I'm so sorry Archie,'replied a breathless Duncan helping Archie to his feet...'I'm so stupid I forgot to look where I was going!
'Accidents happen,' replied Archie 'Say, are you
OK Duncan you look rather worried?' 'Aw I'm just a bit tired you know, all the excitement over the engagement,'said Duncan. 'Well if you ever need to talk about anything I'm here as a friend,' Archie replied. 'Thanks Arch I've got to get going. Duncan continued running towards the driveway.
'Well at least with all that running, it's good for his condition 'Archie thought at himself.
Duncan stopped at the border of the Loch where he saw Jess sitting, and looking out over the Loch.
'Go away if you start once again'she shouted.
Duncan went to her and sank down next to her. He only was sitting close to her and didn't wrap an arm around her.
'I'm sorry Jess 'Duncan sighed. 'Look, I shall not start again about it, is it allright then back between us ? 'He looked aside to her, very hesitating. She smiled to him and took his hands.
'Oh Duncan, you're a sweetie, but can you believe why I don't want to have children yet for a long time ? When I was a kid I only had my mum and then much later a stepfather, He was nice to me, but it's not the same as a real dad. And then it took for me a long time to get used to Golly.'
she stopped and looked with tears in her eyes to Duncan 'Can you believe why I'm hesitating ? '
'Aye, Jess I can. Well let's wait then a couple of years and just enjoy us together. Who knows we can go for a long holiday ! To New Zealand ! '
Jess hit him while joking. 'There are other countries in the world enough, why always New Zealand. why not Alaska for instance '
'Too cold for me Jess, too cold ! then I need to wear trousers in stead of my kilt '
both were giggling and holding eachother when they heard at once a voice behind their back
"Oy!! you two, there's plenty of work to do! Come on - Duncan - move y'self man!" yelled Golly who had been up since the crack of dawn working hard, so was not in the best of moods.
'Err what's all this I hear about you running about like a mad bull knocking over the Laird and his pregnant wife," asked Golly.
'Um sorry just a lovers tiff,'replied Duncan I needed to run off some energy!'
'Oh aye, how about running off back to work then?' suggested Golly.
Lexie bumped into Archie who was still dusting himself down after his encounter with Duncan.
"You've seen Duncan then?" asked Lexie.
"How did you guess?" replied Archie.
"Isn't it wonderful news!" cried Lexie with a huge grin.
"Yes, it is. Er, what news?" asked Arch.
Lexie couldn't hold it in any longer: "Jess is pregnant with Duncan's child!"
Archie just stood there gobsmacked.
"Well aren't you gonna say something?" asked Lexie.
"I don't know what to say," said Archie, "Golly's going to kill him!"
Duncan kisses Jess goodbye and with a nod towards Golly he went to his jeep to make a tour around the estate.
'Dad ' Jess said while putting her hands in her pockets
Golly raised his eyebrows 'Look lass, you wanted to come to work here. I don't mind about you and Duncan but please only after your work is done, you got that ? '
Jess nodded 'But.. I wanted to ask you something ? '
Before she could go on she saw that Ewan was coming their way.
"Yo Golly what up? said Ewan listening to his MP3 player. "Huh, what?" asked Golly making a face. "It means what is happening here!" replied Jess rolling her eyes at Ewan. "Well speak English will ya lad. Ewan removed his earphones and handed Golly a large paper bag. "Molly sent this for you. She said it's such a lovely day you'd appreciate a picnic lunch without leaving work...Enjoy!" Ewan replaced his earphones and walked of humming.
Golly opened the bag. Just inside was a hand written card with a picture of Molly holding Cameron. It read to Daddy with all our love forever Cameron and Molly smileysmiley xx. "Aw will you look at that," said Golly softly beaming with pride. He hugged Jess and showed her the card.
It was such a special moment that Jess didn't want to spoil it with her issues, but she couldn't help but wonder whether her father loved her as much when she was little as he does Cameron. Jess smilied at Golly the turned her head away her eyes filling with tears,
Archie was in the office with his picnic lunch and Lexie had sent Ewan on some more errands.
"Well that's the men out of the way for a bit longer," said Molly to Lexie as they entered the kitchen, "now tell me what exactly did Duncan say?"
Lexie perched on a nearby stool.
"Well.... it was more of, you know, what he didn't say, I can tell you Molly she's definitely pregnant! he said Golly's gonna be none too pleased!"
"I have noticed she looked a bit... pale recently, for Jess, and sometimes as if she were thinking of something else. Oh, dear, will she tell Golly do you think?"
'He may know already," replied Lexie, "as I was returning here from visiting Archie in the office, I heard him shouting at Duncan and then he hugged Jess...then she looked the other way, I think she was crying!
"Oh dear, the poor girl," said Molly with concern in her voice "she may need some womanly advice. I'll see if I can talk to her when Golly is busy."
"And I'll keep an eye out for Duncan" replied Lexie "he probably needs a friendly ear as well."
Ewan was returning from his errand round and dropped in to see Amy who was studying; well actually she was reading a gossip magazine about Hollywood stars and the magazine was inside her text book!
"Anything interesting in this weeks copy? asked Ewan looking over her shoulder. "Just the same old blah,blah,blah" she replied 'I'd rather be holidaying in New Zealand...It's so quiet without Donald here, I miss him, don't you?"
"I haven't had time to miss anyone. Lexie's had me running errands all day, Duncans chasing madly around the estate and Gollys shouting orders at everyone" "A usual day then" said Amy looking up from her magazine..."Don't suppose you've got time for this?" joked Amy grabbing Ewan as he joined her on the settee.
"This is the best errand of all" replied Ewan kissing Amy passionately. Suddenly the door opened and Achie walked in...
'Creative working perhaps ? 'Archie asked them.
Ewan and Amy frigthened of their boss.
'Euh, yes, kind of that'Ewan said.
'Well maybe if you have time Ewan can you bring the post to the village and Amy, if you're not learning for the moment maybe you can help Lexie in the kitchen. You know it's all a bit too much for her for the moment '
With an angry look on her face and wishing Paul was back Amy was standing up and smashed the book and the magazine away.
Again she wished she would have gone with Donald to New Zealand. What should she invent to go away from this place-far-away-from-real-world
While she was working in the kitchen with Lexie, Lexie told her what she thought about Jess.
In the meantime Molly was meeting golly
Molly was on her way over to find Jess when she saw Golly coming towards her.
"Hello Golly dear," said Molly giving him a kiss
"How was the lunch?" "It went down a treat lass, my compliments to the chef; and I must say Camerons writing is coming along nicely! he joked, pulling the picture out of his pocket.
'I'm glad you liked it...I'm a real sentimentalist at heart," replied Molly.
"Um Golly how is Jess feeling these days? inquired Molly 'Lexie and I have noticed she's looking a bit pale... "Aw she had a bit of a tiff with Duncie but it's all sorted now" replied Golly..."mind you a bit more sleep wouldn't go amiss."
"Oh I see...well I better be getting along and let you get on with your work" said Molly smiling, I'll see you later when we take the boys for a walk.
So that was what they thought, eh? thought Amy. Jess pregnant? No, she didn't think so. They wouldn't be so daft. There was a certain something about that Duncan. When he had run across the courtyard just now, kilt a'flying, umm.
She thought she may give Ewan a bit of a run around, keep him on his toes so to speak, he spent too much time chatting with Duncan lately or worrying about that Donald.
She was in the garden later than day when she saw Duncan. She knew Ewan was back in the kitchen sink, near the window.
"Och!" she yelled collapsing into Duncan's arms as she passed him. "It's m'foot I think!" she pushed back her ponytail from her shoulder.
Duncan put his arms around her to steady her, she quickly put her arms around his waist. He really was quite a hunk.
"Are y'sure you're alright, young Amy?"
"I will be in a minute, just let me get my breath back. You know Dunc you look really fetching in that kilt"
"Oh, go on" Duncan blushed and smiled "Yer just sayin' that, hadn't you best get to yer lessons or... or something." he tried to disentangle himself from her arms. She let go.
"I've more or less finished them for the moment.. anyway, I'll see y'later?" and off she went waving back at him. Ewan glared at the both from within the kitchen.
Jess caught up with Duncan later in the day.
"Duncan, do you notice how we keep getting sort of ... funny looks?"
Duncan thought for a moment, then shook his head.
"I hadn't noticed, why?"
"Don't know really, just Lexie keeps putting her arm round me - all motherly like, and Molly she keeps frowning in my direction. Strange.. Oh well, perhaps it's my imagination, some on then let's go up to feed those wolves.."
Penelope had just put Cameron and Jamie down for their afternoon nap and was folding the laundry. Suddenly something snagged on her new ring and the red stone popped out onto the floor.
"Oh deary me" she exclaimed reaching down to pick up the stone, "It's ma day off tomorrow so I'll get it fixed when I go into town...I'll get it valued, I cannae wait to find out what it's worth" she thought smiling to herself!
Meanwhile Kilwillie and Badger had just returned home from Inverness after retrieving the car.
Kilwillie was in a bad mood...he didn't appreciate picking up after Donald especially after the hospitality he'd shown him.
"Not a patch on old Hector" he thought to himself. He decided to pay Molly a visit and voice his annoyance. "Badger, bring the car around at once, he demanded "I'm going out."
"What on earth do you mean, man, £10 !" Penelope yelled at the poor man behind the counter of the antiques shop. He scratched his head. He was absolutely sure about the value of this... this trinket.
"I'm sorry ma'am but it is only a cheap bit of costume jewellery - if you don't mind me saying so"
Penelope marched out of the shop and slammed the door, shaking it on its hinges.
"The old rascal" she thought to herself "Making out that this ring was worth something - one day she would sort him out, if and when he ever came back!"
Ewan was charging about between the kitchen and drawing room when he collided into Duncan around a corner.
"Oh sorry mate" said Duncan steadying himself.
Ewan just looked at the wall and avoided his eyes.
Duncan was puzzled, they always had such a laugh together. "I..I said I was sorry ... for bumpin' into you, did I step on your foot or something?" he said again.
Ewan just gave him a withering look and stormed off.
"Hey Jess" beckoned Duncan as he saw her walk into the house, "You know what you were saying about earlier, about folk acting strange...well I've just experienced it myself. I accidentually collided into Ewan, apologised and he couldnae look me straight in the face, he just kinda sighed like!"
"Something's going on for sure' sighed Jess...I wonder whether they think we're a nuisance! After all Donald left pretty quickly without a word of goodbye!" "Surely not!" replied Duncan looking around...
In the house Lexies plans for a surprise baby shower for Jess were going well
"I can put in a spare pair of baby booties," said Lexie arranging the items in a beautifully lined basket. "And I can whip up a wee jacket in no time," replied Penelope pulling out some yellow wool from her knitting bag. "I'm painting a baby mural to go above the crib, added Molly "it'll be lovely surprise for Jess!
Golly watched as Kilwillie's car sped up the driveway and came to an abrupt halt.
"Slow down will you man 'tis no race track" grumbled Golly as Kilwillie got out of his car. "Oh and nice to see you too Golly," he replied. "I've come to see Molly is she in?" "Oh aye but she's busy with the ladies at present, maybe I can help you?" suggested Golly
"If I wanted help I'd see the Laird," retorted Kilwillie being difficult.
"Suit yourself!" replied Golly returning to work.
Kilwillie decided to wait for Molly but he would see Archie first.
Kilwillie arrived at the house later in the day and waited for Molly in the hallway.
"Ah Molly, how are you, m'dear, you're looking as lovely as ever" he said as she came down the stairs.
"Hello Kilwillie, did you want Archie?" she enquired. She really wanted to get on with that mural, so continued walking.
Kilwillie followed her quickly "Erm.. no Molly, I thought I would speak to you" Molly stopped and turned, trying to be patient.
"I.er.. don't like to be a kiljoy, but I find your brother-in-law extremely irritating at times - we've had to fetch our car back from the airport, you know, and I am a busy man.."
"Kilwillie, I can not be responsible for my brother-in-law Donald. He is a law unto himself, now if you'll excuse me, I really.."
"Next time you see him perhaps you can convey my displeasure"
"Meanwhile, m'dear, I er.. wondered, I mean, you're not actually married yet - so would it be in order for this old gent to ask such as yourself over to dinner one evening?"
Molly looked astonished. "No it would not be in order, sorry Kilwillie, I have things to do - must dash" and with that Molly disappeared along the corridor to her studio.
Kilwillie stormed out of Glenbogle House anxious to get back home.
"Got the help you wanted then?" asked Golly sarcastically, opening the car door for Kilwillie "Have a nice day and don't tear up our driveway on yer way oot."
"That man's too far above his station" thought Kilwillie putting his foot down hard on the accelerator.
Golly tried to work further but was now interrupted by Lexie.
'Aye lass, you're looking pretty my dear'
'Thanks Golly,' she said while rubbing over her tummy which was growing and growing. 'Can you say me where I can find Jess ? '
'Shouldn't know Lexie, I send her with Cameron to the doctor, caus he has a bit a cold which took me too long, but she's not back yet. Don't hope there's more wrong with my son '
Lexie looked a bit worried. 'Is everything allright with Jess then ? '
'Of course she is ! Why not ? 'Golly was leaning on the grip of the fork he was working with
'Why is everyone so concerned about my lass. Do you know more as I know ? '
Lexie hesitated with her answer. Should she tell Golly about her thoughts that Jess could be pregnant ?
Golly greeted Jess on her arrival back.
"How is he then?" asked Golly lifting Cameron out of his car seat. "Not too bad at all" Jess relpied "he's got some antibiotics to be going on with."
"And you...are you feeling OK lass?" inquired Golly looking a bit worried. "Aw don't you start as well," grumbled Jess grabbing Cameron from her father and heading towards the house.
"What is it with this lot?" she thought.
"Oh thank you my dear" said Molly taking hold of Cameron "Do sit down and rest a bit...have you told Golly yet?"
"Huh...of course," replied Jess thinking that Molly was talking about Cameron's cold. "And how did he take it?" probed Molly. "Oh he wasn't too fussed, said it would probably go away soon enough" replied Jess smiling. "Oh I see" said Molly puzzled that Golly would say such a thing.
"Do excuse me while I take Cameron to the nursery."
Molly decided that she would raise the topic with Golly later on.
Jess was now getting a bit over the top. Why are they all so concerned about her ? What is going on ?
Being in thoughts she went to the kitchen were Lexie has just made a cake and was decorating it.
'so Jess, shall I make a baby cake of it, what colour shall I use : pink or blue ? 'Lexie said with sparkling eyes towards Jess.
'I don't mind Lexie, do you know what is going on with everyone. Molly is asking how I feel, Archie is doing the same and .. you also ? '
Lexie was playing with the decorations in her hand before she gave an answer to Jess
'erm, Jess. It's something that I heard... or even well I didn't hear it myself but.....is it true Jess ? '
'What should be true ? 'Jess was getting angry now 'I don't know what you're talking about ? Please stop with speaking in riddles ! 'Jess was standing up and wanted to leave the kitchen
'Wait Jess stay ! 'Lexie shouted 'I only want to know if you're pregnant or not ? '
Jess was standing still like a statue. She turned very slowly around.
“How do you come to that nonsense talking ? Who is saying that about me ? '
'Well, erm, that's what we thought after the way Duncan reacted.......'
...... what's Duncan been saying - wait 'til I get to that, that, that ...... wonderful boy!!! Thank you Lexie for telling me - heh, does Golly know about this? ....”