Eolwaen

Castle The Series - 0091 Morgelle, Jed, Otday, Turner, Treen

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LONG POOLS

They rounded a small promontory of rock known as Eel Point because as Tuyere explained, “There are a lot of sea eels that live in holes in the rocks underwater.”

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JED AND OTDAY

The memories of Warbler’s declaration of love maekt time stand still for Jed, but eventually Otday returned to consciousth.

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TURNER MEETS OTDAY

For the first time since Quarterday Eorl could envisage a slight chance for his son to survive to fourteen.

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OTIS (22)

Otis was convinced by the lack of reaction to his suggestive remarks they were acceptable to the women.

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BEKKA (16), CARLEY (18) AND VIKKI (16)

Join the Folk or die. There is naught in between.

Hitch Hiking is Character Forming

However, Catherine was still in love with the road which in darker days had been her only happiness. It was the only thing she did in direct disobedience to her parents’ instructions. However, when she took off during school holidays she now wore boys clothes for safety.

Gloria Greenways Academy for Young Ladies

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Gloria Greenways Academy for Young Ladies


By Eolwaen

Gloria Greenways Academy for Young Ladies is a school for about four hundred and fifty girls and fifty boys many of who are not boys but trans girls. It has a no tolerence policy towards intimidation and bullying. Regarding both the school operates a one strike and out policy, there are no second chances. As result it is a physically safe and psychologically comfortable environment allowing all to thrive. Although it is a registered charity the school is very expensive because the fees have to cover the running costs, and it will not take any it deems unsuitable. As a result it has never been full. A number of the staff are LGBT+. It is housed in the estate and stately home of what had been an earl's principal seat which has housed the school for a hundred and twenty years. It shuns all publicity and does no marketing, for those who need its services will find it one way or another.

Castle The Series - 0090 Morgelle, Gage, Jed, Warbler

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MORGELLE SETTLES IN

Morgelle was aware she liekt Tuyere, was interested in him even, and she was grateful for his help in coming to understand her new home without having to deal with the complexities and tensions of a relationship with a sexual element at the same time.

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BETH PUBERTY BLOCKERS

Beatrix and Beth had been surprised at the difference between Earth and Castle, for both knew that anything to do with gender dysphoria on Earth was an extremely drawn out process, but Falcon had said at the outset, “Beth, the most important matter here is time. To gain you that time I shall thisday provide herbs that will immediately prevent all pubertal development.”

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WARBLER AND JED INTIMACY

They enjoyed looking at each other as they washed off the effects of the sea, sand and fish, and since Jed was too shy to touch her intimately Warbler kept her promise and didn’t press him, but as she washed her sensitive softth she sat on the bench to make sure he could see and said, “This is exciting knowing you can see, after all it’s only fair for I can see all of you.”

Castle The Series - 0089 Llyllabette, Yoomarrianna, Beth, Morris

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LLYLLABETTE AND YOOMARRIANNA

Silverherb stopped the waggon and taking a stick with her hit the ground. The couple had wondered what she was doing for they had seen nothing, but their eve meal of barbecued snake was a considerable improvement on the previous eve’s meal.

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NOW YOU ARE BECOMING YOURSELF BETH

Uncharacteristically, Amethyst hesitated before saying, “Take Beth to the healers, Beatrix. There are preparations the herbals produce which can reduce masculine development to naught and others to enhance her femininity, but they need to be taken before puberty has goen too far, they can not readily undo much development that has already taken place.”

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JOAN (26) AND BRÆTH (28)

Bræth replied indignantly, “Of course I do. If I love you that means I love yours too, it is part of the Way.”

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MASTER BUTCHER RSM MORRIS

Gibb had had numerous complaints concerning Morris’ authoritarian stance, but was glad Morris was dealing with his staff in a long overdue manner that beseemt the situation.

Castle The Series - 0088 Sven, Claudia, Stacey, Topal

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CLOUD (43) AND SVEN (45)

Cloud had a ripe and full body, and Sven ran his hands slowly and deliberately over her leaving no part untouched, savouring every detail, as if he were re-establishing the memories of the tactile sensations provided by a woman’s body.

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COUNCILLOR NIGEL

Aaron was clearly awaiting the meeting to begin, and all considered it portentous that the chair Aaron had selected for his companion was one that had only ever been uest by persons of powers beyond the normal before.

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CLAUDIA (22) AND STOAT (16)

Claudia still couldn’t think of growing bean sprouts as anything other than something children did in a jar. She had been astonished at the interest it had generated mongst the growers.

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STACEY’S (19) BABE TOPAL

Margæt, who was not without a pair of hips herself, remarked, “We all hate our cotte, yet my man, who is no different from any other, would be upset if I doetn’t have it. I’d love to be slender and elegant, but he would hate it. They’re all for bosom and cotte, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could be grateful they are.”

Castle The Series - 0087 Jodie, Cherville, Eleanor, Kathleen, Reef

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JODIE (16) AND GANGER (25)

Jodie had asked for the tables and chairs to be taken outside, and for someone to take a shovel to the floor since its tacky, muddy surface maekt walking on it unpleasant. The embarrassed crew had done so, and when the men were at work she had taken her skirt off, poured boiling water with scraped soap flakes dissolved in it onto the wooden floor and scrubbed it on her hands and knees prior to rinsing it off with more boiling water. Jodie was big with her pregnancy, and when the crew discovered she had scrubbed the floor on her hands and knees they were even more embarrassed.

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CHERVILLE (32) AND NIGHTSHADE (36)

After they had left Cherville asked, “Did you understand what Peregrine meant, Nightshade?”

“No, but then he’s an artist, and they’re all a little strange. His work is beautiful, but I don’t understand how he designs it.”

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STAVING IRONS

George had said if the weavers could weave the mantles as soon as possible he would start some apprentices experimenting with the concentrated salts solutions to produce what he called lime light mantles.

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KATHLEEN’S BABE REEF

Kathleen had her first contraction at ten in the forenoon, and her son Reef was birtht after one. She had an easy time of it, and as she said to Raymond and her children, “I have done this three times before you know.”

Castle The Series - 0086 Cherville, Sharon, The Squad

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CHERVILLE (32) AND NIGHTSHADE (36)

Cherville thought, “The sky seems to be very low,” and then smiled as on reflection it was a rather ridiculous albeit amusing concept.

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APPROPRIATE CRAFTS

“Sharon taekt care of Basil, and he’s walking berount with a permanent trace of a smile these days. I’m not sure I’ll ever become uest to that!” Rowan hadn’t heard of Basil’s agreement and laught with Milligan, since though Milligan wasn’t generally humorous, Basil was always positively dour.

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THE SQUAD DISCUSS OTDAY

Chris said, “Know what, Boys? I think Beth is right. We should stay right out of it. It’s not the sort of thing nice girls and boys like us should be getting involvt in is it? After all, Jed is pretty reliable. I mean if he really needed help to barbecue the bastard he’d ask us wouldn’t he?”

Castle The Series - 0085 Jo, Jade, Alwydd, Brett, Russel, Gove, Alma

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JO’S (18) BABE SALLOW

For the three midwifes Knott’s presence had turned what could have been a difficult birthing into a normal first one.

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JADE (17) AND PHTHALEN (20)

Both Jade and Phthalen were nervous to begin with, but to his surprise she asked him, “Do you like me enough to marry me, so they won’t take my little boy away?”

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SPEARMINT (10) AND ALWYDD (8)

“If we are caught doing those sorts of things what will happen, Spearmint? I’m not unwilling, but my life for the first time is good here, and I don’t wish to mess it up right at the beginning.”

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NOT SAFE WITH CHILDREN

Gilla went to measure out the small dose that contained a merciful release for Gove, and a safer life for the young.

A Grumpy Old Man’s Tale 17 Charlie’s time in Glazebury

Susana said, ‘My husband doesn’t think all scousers are thieves. He knows they are. He’s worked with thousands of them and as far as I’m concerned he knows what he’s talking about. You don’t.”

With updated Footnotes.

Castle The Series - 0084 Morgelle, Council, Nigel & Aaron

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GOING HOME MORGELLE

Fritillary smiled at Morgelle and telt her, “I have maekt many mistakes in my life, but marrying Bistort was the best decision I ever maekt, and despite occasional dispute I haven’t for even one second regrettet it.”

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COUNCIL MEETING

“It is believt by the healers, as a result of information bringen by the newfolk, we can possibly end the fevers.”

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AARON AND NIGEL

Aaron said, “I will and need a protégé, a successor. It is important for the Folk I find one, and I have been seeking a long time. You are the first suitable person I have met, Nigel.”

Castle The Series - 0083 Alastair, Morgelle, Edrydd, Eleanor, Gage

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ALASTAIR (19) USING A FID

Carrom, who was on watch, passed by and seeing it said, “Ironwood, I’m pretty sure, see the violet tint. That’ll make fids to last ten generations. It’s too hard for much else other than blocks and axle bearings though.”

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MORGELLE

“It’s a life saver which will keep you afloat with your head out of the water, even if you are unconscious,” explained Walnut.

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THE WATER FOWL TARNS

THE SILENCE AND THE CACOPHONY

As they crested the pass Edrydd was aware of the silence of the scene in front of him, silent that was other than the constant hum of the biting insects and the splashing of the fish rising for the insects which filled the air above the water in such a thickth as to make the distant water appear to be coated with a shimmering, black film of oily tar.

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GEORGE & GAGE

Gage was, to him, entirely Folk and sufficiently similar to George to avoid confusing himself.

Castle The Series - 0082 Gimlet & Leech, Morgelle, Warbler & Jed

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GIMLETS CHILDREN GIMLET & LEECH

Leech’s regular drinking companions wouldn’t accept Gimlet and he had killed and returned with three aurochs on one waggon. After arguing of it for half an hour, the inebriates decided to go outside, check the waggon and count the aurochs.

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MORGELLE (13) AND HER NEW FAMILY

Bistort telt her, “Had your intendet dien, which effectively is what has happent, by our customs as a widow you are entitelt to a minimum of a year for your grief, and more should you will it.”

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JED YOU ARE LEAÇEN

“I explaint when we became heartfrienden we givn ourselfs to each other, Jed. That means we have a leaçe of each others’ person. We are leaçen of each other, and it’s pronouncet leaçen, not leezen, to rhyme with fleecen. It means we have the right to do what we will with each other without asking for permission as long as we remain heartfrienden.”

Castle The Series - 0081 Jackdaw’s Horde, Marcy and Beth

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JACKDAW’S HORDE

Some of the boys had admitted to Beatrix their reading and writing was not all it could be and for the first time in their lifes they wished to learn to read and write properly. Beatrix had telt them she would take care of it herself, and Jackdaw had telt them he would find something for them to read they would be interested in.

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GROWING UP CAN BE HARD, MARCY AND BETH

“Mum, I want you to know I’m a trans girl,” At that she braekt down and sobbing waited in dread for the consequences of her outburst.

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COWARDICE IS NOT ACCEPTABLE

“Does it not bother you?”
“Yes. Every time. To be aflait is acceptable, but if you allow your flait to determine what you do, or do not do, the Way says that is cowardice and that is not acceptable behaviour for a true member of the Folk.”

Castle The Series - 0079 Waggoners, Microörganisms

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FORENOON ZOË (14) AND TORRENT (28)

At braekfast Torrent announced, “I am happy to tell you Zoë and I have agreement.”

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SMALLPOX & WOUNDS,MÆVE, GINA

“The farriers use redweed on horses feet, but I don’t know why.”

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AFTER BEDTIME VERONICA (42) AND MAST (19)

“Women are born traders, Mast. It’s what we do best.”

Castle The Series - 0078 Warbler & Jed

The footnotes are now included.

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WARBLER & JED MID-FORENOON WHAT OF OTDAY?

“The squad are considered to be hunters, and after all the vermin we’ve killed Milligan said we’re saving so much food that he considers feeding us well to be important for the wheel of the Folk. He ordered Saught to make sure we get the best.”
“That’s weäl, not wheel, Jed. You know what it means?”
“Yeah, total well being. Like being well fed, clothed and warm, but gratitude for the correction. Weäl. Weäl. That right?”
Warbler nodded and added, “It also includes feeling good inside your head concerning life.”
Jed grinned and said, “Like all your weäls going in the same direction.”
After he’d explained the pun in and the meaning of his remark to an initially puzzled Warbler, she was choking with laughter as she responded, “At least one of your weäls it going in the wrong direction for certain, Jed.”

Castle The Series - 0077 Zoë & Torrent, Waggoner Logistics

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FIRST THING IN THE FORENOON ZOË (14) AND TORRENT (28)

Zoë smiled, the feeling that for the first time in her life she was in control of her own body was powerful, and it felt good. She said, “I should like that too. How does it work here? What do we do to get married?”

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EARLY FORENOON TO LATE AFTERNOON VERONICA (42) AND MAST (19)

Sledge was taken aback by Mast insisting Veronica was the one who maekt the decisions, but there was naught he could do but accept it, so he said, “I’ve two reliable heavy plough horses and can provide the oats, will you take the lot, Mast? I need the horses back within a lune and a half.”

Castle The Series - 0076 A Good Trip, Nursing, Aaron, Council

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MID-AFTERNOON THE RETURN OF THE HORSES

“My gratitude, Leech. Yes, a good trip. My regards to Gale.”

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LATE AFTERNOON HONESTY AND BELLA

“The herbs are working, she’s nursing, Peter.”

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LATE AFTERNOON TILL EVE THE HERMIT AND HIS FAMILY

Torrent expressed gratitude to Peace and winked at Anvil who shrugged and said, “Girls learn it at the breast I’m sure.”

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PRODUCTS OF OUR TIMES

“Aaron never was easy to understand,” said Yew, and then he added, “May hap none of us are.”
Many of the Council looked at Yew quizzically at that and Thomas asked, “You thinking of becoming a hermit, Yew?” At that the entire Council laught. Other than Will, a less appropriate candidate than Yew to take Aaron’s place was difficult to envisage.

Invasion

You are bigots, not just your people, but all of the alliance’s peoples, no better than the invaders. Many of our spiritual leaders are mentally of one sex living in the body of the other, and over the centuries you have burnt many of them alive. To this day it is an offence under your law for them to even exist.

Castle The Series - 0075 Kathleen, Love Trees, Beatrix, Aaron

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MID-FORENOON KATHLEEN (45) AND RAYMOND (52)

“He’s just what I wanted, Mum, a dad, not an older brother trying to be a dad.”

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MID-FORENOON THE SPEEDING OF HAZEL

The Folk had no religion. They had The Way, which was a social philosophy not a religion.

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MIDDAY BEATRIX (43 nc), JACKDAW (35) AND THE BOYS

Beatrix put her arms berount him and said, “I know, Fergal. I understand. My life wasn’t good before I came here. I wanted children, but I couldn’t have any. Social Services said I was too old to adopt. But now I have all of you to take care of, all of you have us and a family, and the social workers can go and fu— Well, never you mind what they can go and do to themselves.”

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EARLY AFTERNOON AARON AND THE PREGNANT WOMEN

The women considered Aaron’s offer, and finally Zoë asked, “Why would you and your family do this for us?”
“Because that’s the Way of it, and none wishes you and your unbirtht to die,” replied Aaron.

Castle The Series - 0074 Warbler & Jed, Veronica, Lucinda, Dagger

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EVE WARBLER (12) AND JED (11)

“That sounds like we should have fun, Jed, and it’s fair. I shew you how to use a sling, and you shew me how to fish. I’d like that.”

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EARLY FORENOON TO BEDTIME VERONICA (42) AND MAST (19)

Veronica had finally come to terms with being a woman and had revelled in her femininity.

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EARLY FORENOON LUCINDA (15)

Lucinda who was rapidly forgetting the more unpleasant details of the events at the incomer camp, as her mind readjusted her memories, and even more rapidly as a consequence was becoming a ten year old girl child of the Folk asked, “May I go with the others some time to the Greathall for dancing practice, Mum?”

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MID-FORENOON JED’S DAGGER

With an edgt tool the rule is simple, unless it’s in your hand, keep it oilt in its protective cover. It’s the same rule for them all be they scythe, chisel, knife or aught else even saws or arrow points.

Castle The Series - 0073 Growers, Reluctants, The Bet, Stacey

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AFTERNOON THE MEETING OF THE GROWERS CRAFT

“Over a third of the Folk have some connection to our craft.”

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LATE AFTERNOON MOVING THEM AWAY FROM THE KEEP

“Don’t make work for the healers. If you need to use a knife you use it to kill. Is that understandt?”

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BEFORE DINNER THE COUNCIL

“Gudrun was so pleast at taking a bottle off Will she rubt salt into his wounds by giving the stallion to Chris, since he was the only one who had been able to do aught with it she sayt it was in the interests of the Folk that she so doet. Xera says she already has the craftings of a song of it, and Will is still smarting a bit.”

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EVE STACEY (19) AND JUNIPER (21)

His mother knew he wished her to wife and was relieved to find he hadn’t been disappointed.

Castle The Series - 0072 Ivy, Lucinda, Iola, The Pregnant

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FORENOON IVY’S CHILDREN

Ivy said, “A big bosom helps,” and looking at her own she continued, “it sells more beer,” she explained kindly.

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MID-AFTERNOON AND DINNER LUCINDA (15)

Lucinda was reverting to the behaviour of a much younger child of ten or so Castle years.

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AFTERNOON IOLA (13) HAS SPAECH WITH MILLIGAN

Iola was settled by Milligan’s urbane manner, which unsettled most Folk, and telt him, “My name is Iola, and I am thirteen. I should like to learn to cook. I want to be an apprentice.”

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AFTERNOON BILLIE (18), JO (18) AND STACEY (19)

A hurried and chaste kiss followed. Juniper telt her, “I’ll be back after my duty.”

Castle The Series - 0071 Quartet, Retribution, Polecats, Gift

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VERY EARLY FORENOON REBECCA (66) AND THE QUARTET

“I stand correctet, we are a quartet. We are not two couples we are a marital coöperative.”

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EARLY FORENOON GIMLET AND LEECH

Leech twisted the knife to split the remaining skull bone, and the arrow was free.

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EARLY FORENOON NOT ONE IN TEN EXTRA POLECATS

The stallion screamed with rage, reared, turned and taekt the fence on the other side of the paddock flying.

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FORENOON SNIP

Brock put the kitten on the floor in front of Gift, who immediately lay on the floor on her stomach eye to eye with her and said, “Snip. Gift’s Snip. My Snip.”

Castle The Series - 0070 Lillian, Modesty, Vivienne, Ivy, Lilac

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LILLIAN (48) AND TUSSOCK (43)

His music was a reflection of the dubhachas that afflicted all her ethnic group from time to time which could be viciously self destructive to expatriates.

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MODESTY 42 AND THYME (45)

She had lived in four different communes since the age of eighteen.

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VIVIENNE (43) AND MINYET (45)

She was a plain and solidly built woman of generous bosom and even more substantial hips who had only ever admitted to herself it hurt to not be able to attract a man for anything other than a one night stand.

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EVE IVY AND HER RACONTEUR

Neither of us are young any longer, and I’m not a brood mare in her heatth seeking a stallion at stud.”

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LATE EVE JASMINE, LILAC, ASH AND BEECH

“That answers everything I think. I only have one question. Whom may I share a bed with at your mum’s?”

The Making of Clan McTavist

‘McTavist: The Making of a Community’, by Lewis McDonald and Lucia McTavist, with added personal details by the authoress: a synopsis.
The authorship of this work is not quite what it appears, but my editor insisted the book be presented thus. In explanation, I was named Lewis McDonald at birth, became Lucia McDonald before I was two and became a McTavist in my early teens. McTavist is my married name too because I married James McTavist. My editor says she is going to use this as promotional material. I didn’t think it to be that interesting.

Castle The Series - 0069 Honesty, Grandparents, Mint, Gloria

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LATE AFTERNOON 2ND QDAY HONESTY (32) AND PETER (41), BELLA (1l)

Both had expressed their hope Honesty was pregnant. “But to make sure,” Honesty telt Peter with mock anxiety, “it may be a good idea to try regularly.”

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EARLY EVE TO BEDTIME JUDITH AND STORM, MATILDA (65) EVAN (68)

“You don’t have to be in love to make love, but if you are it is infinitely better.”

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EVE JASMINE, LILAC, ASH AND BEECH SING - MINT

“We are just folk, Kevin, and your parents now."

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GLORIA 28 AND PEREGRINE (28)

Gloria wished to enjoy a man thiseve and Peregrine was available. If, as she expected, Peregrine asked her to marry him she would accept.

Castle The Series - 0068 Pansy, Lyre, Lunelight, Lilac

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AFTERNOON THE GATHER CRYSTAL (15 nc) AND GODWIT (18)

It had been a while since she’d sex, and she decided she quite liekt the idea of going to bed with Godwit.

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AFTERNOON & EVE 2nd QUARTERDAY LYRE (26) AND GEORGE (58)

“Ask him to see you in the eve, it’s easier for a woman to do some serious convincing at that time of day.”

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LATE AFTERNOON LUNELIGHT (42) AND DOUGLAS (52), DAMSON (9l)

“Don’t worry, Lunelight, he knows where your breasts are and what to do with them.”

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LATE AFTERNOON SECOND QUARTERDAY LILAC

The children enabled her to feel she had taken yet one more step on the road Joe had laid down for her.

Castle The Series - 0067 Warbler & Jed

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AFTERNOON THE GATHER WARBLER (12) AND JED (11)

She accepted if she wisht to be heartfrienden with Jed, which she did, for not only was he shy he was unassuming, kind and quiet and not at all like the other boys she knew who were available, as a result of the situation a bit more forwardth and openth than would normally have been considered seemly in a girl were called for.

Castle The Series - 0066 Children, Buzzard, Joining the Clans, Agreäns, Names

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AFTERNOON PRE-AGREED APPEARANCES OF ADOPTION OF CHILDREN

With Will involved that was tantamount to saying what any had to say would be heard and ignored.

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AFTERNOON PRE-AGREED APPEARANCES MINT (22) AND KEVIN (23)

Many wondered if Yew knew his daughter had agreement with the tall nervous looking young thatcher.

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AFTERNOON PRE-AGREED APPEARANCES JOINING THE CLANS

“I am Durance and I represent what remains of our clan of sheepherds for we suffert grievous sore from the fevers and have loes all our surviving elders since.”

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AFTERNOON SECOND QUARTERDAY CYNTHIA (27) AND MERLE (32)

“My craft will be the mapping of Castle. I like dogs, and your way of life would suit me and my craft, Merle.”

Castle The Series - 0065 Sérent & Dace, Opal, Spice & Vincent, Clarissa & Family, Diana & Gander, Alice & Alec

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AFTERNOON 2ND QUARTERDAY SÉRENT (13) AND DACE (48)

The Folk were not in the slightest concerned by their age difference.

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AFTERNOON SECOND QUARTERDAY OPAL (34), SPICE (32) AND VINCENT (45)

Opal continued, “I am sister to Spice, and we’ve agreement with Vincent.”

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AFTERNOON 2ND QDAY CLARISSA (26) AND GORSE (33) EAGLE (3) FROND (2l)

When Iris had mentioned breast feeding it had produced emotions in Clarissa she had no idea existed.

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AFTERNOON 2ND QDAY DIANA (36) AND GANDER (30) GYRE (7) TANIA (5)

Joseph was stunned by how little Diana wished in return.

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AFTERNOON PRE-AGREED APPEARANCES ALICE (55) AND ALEC (60)

“My name is Alec, and I’m a well digger,” the man said. “Where I come from the creation of a marriage is a more formal affair than it is on Castle. I suppose I want this so I feel I am a married man.”

Castle The Series - 0064 Heather & Family, Lilac & Agreäns, Ivy & David

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2ND QDAY HEATHER (30) JON (30) ANISE (14) HOLLY (9) GIFT (4) DIRK (7)

“Me Girl. Girl four. No mum. No dad. Girl steal food. Want mum. Want dad. Not know we thing. End.”

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AFTERNOON SECOND QUARTERDAY LILAC (15)

“I have thisday killt a man to protect myself. I don’t will to have to do it again, but no man is going to take me gainst my will.”

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004250

AFTERNOON SECOND QUARTERDAY IVY (74) AND DAVID (73)

“What bethink you, David? A widow woman of parts is not a bad placement?”

A Grumpy Old Man’s Tale 15 More Medical Stories

An outsider who was a regular on Saturday night asked Pete, “May I try a glass of poteen?”

“Ask Pat, it’s his liquor,” replied Pete, “It’s not for sale.”

“Surely,” replied Pat. Put the price of a whiskey in the kid’s Christmas party collection box. Pour your man a glass, Pete.”

Castle The Series - 0063 Honesty & Peter, Fishing Partners, Siobhan & Scout, Jodie

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004190

AFTERNOON SECOND QUARTERDAY HONESTY (32) AND PETER (41 nc)

“I mournt my man as is proper. I miss him still, but life has to continue, and for myself I wish a man in my bed”

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004200

AFTERNOON SECOND QUARTERDAY KELL AND DEAL

“I can’t sing, but am a passable fiddil player.”

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004210

AFTERNOON SECOND QUARTERDAY SIOBHAN (38 nc) AND SCOUT (38)

“ I want a man who will give me no reason to go any where other than our own bed.”

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004220

AFTERNOON SECOND QUARTERDAY JODIE (15)

“I don’t want my babe to die. I need help, and I am willing to do anything I can to keep my babe alive. Please help my babe.”

Castle The Series - 0062 Gimlet & Leech, Lark & Seth, Bruana & Noah, Mint & Kevin, Faith & Oak, Ellen

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004130

ALL DAY SECOND QUARTERDAY GIMLET AND LEECH

Leech was wearing his distinctive twin-tailed, russet, vaire deep-hat and Gimlet hers of pure white ermine, the black tipped tail fluttering in the breeze behind her.

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004140

AFTERNOON SECOND QUARTERDAY LARK (32) AND SETH (32)

“Let’s go home, Seth. The dance has servt its purpose, and there are more interesting things to do.”

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004150

AFTERNOON 2ND QDAY BRUANA (42) AND NOAH (37) KIRSTY (12) SHIRLEY (10)

Shirley was weälgry and desperate for love and care, and she spent a very happy hour cuddled on Noah’s lap before bed time.

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004160

AFTERNOON SECOND QUARTERDAY MINT (22) AND KEVIN (23)

Mint’s unnerving silences meant men didn’t try to have spaech with her a second time.

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004170

AFTERNOON 2ND QDAY FAITH (53) AND OAK (35) LILLY (10) JASON (13) GEM (4)

Master smith, I should like you to consider me. For though I am nearly twenty years your elder I am accountet comely still.

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004180

AFTERNOON SECOND QUARTERDAY ELLEN (80)

When Lilly asked, “May I sit next to you at lunch, Granny?” Ellen burst into tears.

Castle The Series - 0061 Clary & Family, Llyllabette & Yoomarriana, Reluctants, Gimlet & Leech, Pregnant Girls

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004080

FORENOON CLARY (40) & BRENDAN (48), CHLOË (2), APRICOT (6l)

“If I can’t carry a babe under my heart one to my breast would be wonderful.”

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004090

FORENOON HOBBY EXELLS HIMSELF

“We should call such an animal, a bellben.”

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004100

FORENOON DISCUSSING RELUCTANTS, DRUNKS & ADDICTS

It was decided to ship out the four drunks and the pill popper, and Will wished Otis as the sixth.

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004110

FORENOON SECOND QUARTERDAY GIMLET AND LEECH

“That will have to wait, Leech. Thomas wills a pair of incomers killing. I’ll wait till Gimlet arrives and tell you both.”

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004120

FORENOON SECOND QUARTERDAY JODIE (15)

“We owe you naught, not even your life, for if you won’t preserve it why should we?”

Whatever Works, Works

Nicki smiled and said, “I have been reluctant to tell you more, for reasons that are obvious. I am a pre-op trans-sexual woman. I always intended to have the surgery one day in order to form a permanent relationship, but if you think we could go the distance perhaps not for a while.”

Castle The Series - 0060 Douglas, Yvette & Family, Judith & Family

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004050

BRAEKFAST LUNELIGHT (42) AND DOUGLAS (52)

Almost inconsequentially, she added, “I’m taller than most men.”

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004060

2ND QDAY FORENOON YVETTE (32) AND WHITEBEAR (32), THRIFT (10) & HAW (4l)

“Your shock due your man leaving you was so great you haven’t even startet griefing for your babe.”

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004070

EARLY FORENOON TO LUNCH JUDITH AND STORM

“What’s his name, Dear?” asked Judith, understanding the reason for Iola’s flush immediately.

Castle The Series - 0059 Lilac, Farsight, Rape, Janet

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004010

PRE-DAWN SECOND QUARTERDAY LILAC (15)

“Look for a man,” he’d tell her. “Look close and hard. Most of them aren’t worth a damn. Find a good one, and don’t settle for anything less, no second bests. If he isn’t working and making good money walk away, Girl. You don’t need a pile of kids to rear with no money and just the memory of a waster. Find a good man, rear kids, be happy.”

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004020

EARLY FORENOON FIREFLY (40) AND FARSIGHT (16)

“I like you, and given the opportunity I shall come to love you. I should like that opportunity.”

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004030

EARLY FORENOON SECOND QUARTERDAY - RAPE

“It shall be done as you decree, Thomas, but it is a grim way to begin Quarterday,”

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00004040

BRAEKFAST - JANET AND BLACKDYKE

Vetch sighed with resignation, “Yes, Mum. What’s a vulture?”

Castle The Series - 0058 Axel's Family, Yvette, Farsight, Janet

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00003600

EVE DINNER DANCE TIMOTHY (41) & AXEL (40) NECTAR (12) WAVERLY (11)

Axel maekt up the bedtime story of The Astonishing Growth of Apprentice Founder Inch and the Shrinking Rule as he went along.

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00003610

EARLY EVE TO BEDTIME YVETTE (32) AND WHITEBEAR (32)

Whitebear wasn’t wasn’t as poor a dancer as he had led her to believe, he was much worse.

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00003620

EARLY EVE TO BEDTIME FIREFLY (40) AND FARSIGHT (16)

He was old enough to be affected by her obvious femininity, but not old enough to be able take it in his stride.

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00003630

AFTER DINNER TO BEDTIME JANET (63) AND BLACKDYKE (57)

“That was…,” she searched for words, but she knew of none more appropriate than, “That was wonderful.”

This Chapter brings us to the end of Day 3. Nextday is Quarterday.

Geraldine

“I told you you were different. You have not asked me if my breasts are real, if I still have my penis or how I do sex. Most men have asked those questions hours ago. You haven’t even asked me how old I am. Do you not wish to know before I suggest going to bed?”

.
At the end, after the word usage notes, is the Poem ‘Taffy was a Welshman’ which is vaguely relevant to the story. I’d had the vague outline of the story in my mind for a few days. Some details were inspired by comments I read on BCTS suggesting Taffy can only be a woman’s name – I assume those comments originated in the US, in the UK it is different. Robin too like a number of other essentially female names in the US is essentially a man’s name here. The highly respected, polite and competent anchorman on the 12/12/19-13/12/19 overnight ‘Election 2019’ BBC program was Welshman Huw Edwards, and watching the election coverage gave me more pieces for the story. Then a friend came over to use my Bridgeport milling machine to remove a broken half inch stud from a casting and the detail was virtually finalised. Taffy is also a chewy toffee or candy in the UK, but that didn’t help me write the story at all.

Castle The Series - 0057 Erin, Josephine, Michelle

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00003570

DINNER DANCE TO BEDTIME ERIN (34) & NIGHTJAR (43)

Had he but known it, she was giving herself in return for that hug he had given her when she had needed it so much.

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00003580

DINNER DANCE TO BEDTIME JOSEPHINE (57) AND WELS (60)

In her opinion, senior management in all the schools she had taught at were, in her own words, “Politicly correct arse lickers, at best apologists for the pupils and at worst cynical career chasers, usually both.”

CASTLE THE SERIES – 00003590

DINNER DANCE & GRAILL MICHELLE (46) AND MUSK (50)

Michelle now understood why feeding your partner more than once was considered unseemly, it was far too close to making love in public.

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