THE BIRTH OF THE BLUES
Adena gingerly touched her bruised head and winced
slightly under the pain. The young monarch was in the study of Phire Palace
and was presently staring out the window. This is the first normal day since
my wedding, she mused to herself.
"And I'm bored stiff!" she finished out loud
and began to pace the room. Then she threw herself onto the divan so that she
could still see out of the window. The cloth of her gown rustled impatiently
with her abrupt moves. It was a beautiful dress and her favorite. It had a
green layer overlaid with a blue gauze so that the final effect was a
sparkling aquamarine. In the light it threw off an eerie iridescence with any
slight move. Right now, though, Adena had no thoughts for any of that - she
She began creating various holograms with her amulet's
power. Tropical butterflies as large as dinner plates floated on unseen
breezes. Bird of Paradise sung from unseen trees. She kept on changing the
images as her mood dictated. She giggled softly when she mistakenly put wings
on an iguana. Suddenly, she sobered hearing the doorknob being turned. She
hurriedly waved a hand and the visions faded. She stood back to the door and
looked once more out the window.
Archimedes let himself into the study, absorbed in his
thoughts which quickly vanished when he saw his wife. "Hello,
Adena blushed slightly. "Must you carry on that
way?" She turned and the effect was electric. And you said you were
bored, she chided herself.
Archimedes was decked out totally in black - well totally
except for his cape of royalty. This was electric blue and seemed to be alive
as it hung sinuously down his back. "Hello, yourself," Adena finally
said. "How are you feeling?"
"Fine, fine." He glanced at her, "I
should, however, be asking you." He noted a puzzled reaction.
"I'm fine." She stated moodily. "Just
tired, therefore a little impatient." She locked as if she were going to
keep talking and then turned abruptly back to the window.
"Talked to your physician today," he stated and
satisfactorily noted another startled reaction from his spouse.
"Oh," came the quavered reply. "Did he say
anything of importance?"
"He said that I'd be just fine. However, he did
mention that you'd been by to see him. He didn't elaborate though." He
paused and she didn't pick up the conversation. "Would you care
"Well," she began to toy with her wedding band.
"It. appears," she didn't turn from the window. She cleared her
throat, "Darling, you wouldn't be mad if I told you something quite
important, would you?"
Archimedes was surprised by such a reaction. He hadn't
imagined she'd have this much trouble telling him. "No. In fact, I'd be
upset if you didn't tell me."
"Alright." She turned from the window, took a
deep breath and told him all as fast as she could. "It appears that I'm
going to have twins." She looked at the floor.
"That's terrific!" Archimedes was honestly
thrilled, he hadn't been expecting two. He swept her off the floor and kissed
"Archimedes, what am I going to do with children? I
didn't have much of a childhood myself."
"Don't worry, love. Between the two of us, those
kids will have the best childhoods ever." He kissed her once more and
then got serious. He told her of what he had had to do because of the threat
of blackmail. Adena stared in shock.
"I understand - really I do. It was the only logical
choice, but.. It doesn't seem fair."
Archimedes sat next to her on the divan and put an arm
around her. "Life isn't fair. But our lines will continue
apparently." She smirked slightly. "Be very careful, Adena and know
I'11 be watching out for you."
"I'll be fine. Keep in mind, I'm not the baby so
don't start being mother all of a sudden."
"Wouldn't dream of it., 'Mom'," he chided.
She cocked an eyebrow in response to that. "Well,
next order of business - names?"
"How about..." He leaned over and whispered
something to her. She began to smile.
"Perfect!" she exclaimed. "Just
perfect!" She turned to Blue, "You know something, you are
absolutely wonderful. They said that I was a fool for marrying you but I
haven't regretted it," after an afterthought, "and I won't
"Neither will I," Blue assured and kissed her.
"Now," he said with a glint of tease in his eye, "what were you
doing in here before I came in?"
"Just this." She waved her hand and the
tropical images returned to the study, transporting the happy couple on a
honeymoon of fantasy.
| ||© 1984, ||L. Charles, D. Conrad, A. Duncan, Enad the Great, J. Pierce, B. C. Randolf, and T. G. Taft|