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‘To tell the truth, Willie, I feel better than I ever do after sitting around all Sunday afternoon listening to Lily’s whines and criticism. In fact I enjoyed it, and I loved the baby. I can’t wait for ours to be born.’
‘We’ve a long wait until March m’dear, but I’m glad you’re not exhausted. We should go out every Sunday afternoon when the weather is good.’ He looked down into her eyes, his own glinting with humour, one brow quirked upwards waiting for her reaction.
‘You mean you wouldn’t miss Lily’s visits any more than I would?’
‘I wouldn’t miss them at all, sweetheart, but she’s your sister and …’
‘She thinks you look forward to seeing her. She says you must get tired of only seeing a jaded pregnant woman every day.’
‘Well we know how wrong she is, don’t we, Mary?’ Willie said gruffly and turned her to face him, tilting her chin with a gentle finger as he bent his head to kiss her mouth. It was a long kiss, satisfying to them both, and Mary gave a deep sigh when he released her.
‘I’m so lucky, Willie. I had begun to wonder if you wished you had a more attractive wife, especially just now when I feel so tired all the time. Even my hair is beginning to lose its curl, yet Victoria looked positively blooming while she was expecting.’
‘Ma says all women are different and sometimes the sex of the baby makes a difference too. I’ll bet she’s glad I didn’t get Lily for a wife,’ he chuckled. ‘She says she couldn’t have got me a better match if she’d chosen you herself.’
‘Did she really say that?’
‘She did. I was telling her I’m worried about you being sick so often. She says I must do something about it and take you to see Doctor Grantly. He might give you a tonic.’
Reluctantly Mary agreed to go down to Darlonachie in their old van to hear what the doctor had to say. Contrary to her expectations he did not tell her having babies was a perfectly natural event and nothing to worry about. He examined her thoroughly and told her she was anaemic, which had probably made her tired. He gave her a few hints to help the sickness and asked her to come once a month. His manner was pleasant and his tone cheerful so Mary did not notice his thoughtful frown or the concern in his eyes as he showed her out.