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He looked at the moon shining down on them. What a glorious night. It made his heart sing. For a few moments he could enjoy the company of a woman as wonderful as the night. Though he had nothing to offer her but his company, at least he could give her that. Ease her loneliness a bit before he was forced to leave.
Already he would miss this place and the two lasses he would leave behind him. He brushed back the hair curled about her cheek.
"He is a great burden." His grandfather had been ill for a year and had been a burden on all of them. His mother had suffered the most having to take care of the elderly man. She'd never complained, but Duncan had seen the tiredness wear at her.
"He's really not a burden. I have Cory to tend him and help." She smiled at Duncan. "Most of the time he manages to get things confused and then I must straighten out the mistakes. As with hiring you for governess. Generally, they're wee mistakes."
"I am glad he made that mistake." He couldn't be sorry. He'd met Eirica. For that, he could never be sorry. He could dream about her when he did have a lonely night.
"Why do you say such a thing? You've been sorely inconvenienced." She strolled toward the pen.
Duncan looked toward the baaing of the lambs. Because I've met you and you've brought a brightness to my heart I have never before felt. No, he couldn't say that to her. "Because ... because I would never have gotten to be a governess without your father's help."
Her laughter wrapped itself around him and he smiled.