A few days before the forces are to go to Chaos, Maddy and Ishmael
arrive to see Ariana. Maddy looks a bit uncomfortable, fidgety almost.
Ariana looks somewhat surprised by this, but invites them to come
in and sit down.
"What is it? Has something happened to one of the children?"
Ishmael chuckles. "Way to go Ariana! Assume the worst!"
Ariana relaxes a bit and smiles slightly. "And this surprises you
Maddy frowns a bit at that.
"Hmmmm...." Ishmael pauses. "Now that you mention it, I guess it
doesn't surprise me at all!"
He continues, "Anyway, to avoid wasting precious time -- we are
here about the children in a roundabout way..."
"Oh? How so?" Ariana looks rather curious.
"Ma'am," he gestures to Maddy, smirking, "Maybe you'd like to
address the issue, as we seem to have a common...situation."
Ariana looks at Maddy expectantly. "What is it?"
"Well, um, I'm afraid I'm here to give notice, m'lady. As
Ishmael's wife, I'm afraid most of my time will be taken up with running
Which, of course, causes Ishmael to break into a shit-eatin' grin.
"Oh, and this is my notice, too."
Ariana stands and gives Maddy a joyful hug, then does the same for
Ishmael. "That's wonderful! I'm so happy for you. Have you set a date
She's wearing a shit-eating grin of her own, of course.
Maddy looks completely relieved until the date part, then looks
all tense again and looks at Ishmael.
"Heh," Ishmael chuckles. He takes Maddy's hand and holds it up so
Ariana can see the ring. "Yesterday."
Maddy looks sheepish.
Ariana looks briefly hurt, but then she hides it.
"Very private. Just the two of us and the Priest of the Unicorn
-- Bartholomew, right?" Ishmael shrugs. "Anyway, you're the first person
Maddy smiles again, although she's obviously upset by Ariana's
Ariana smiles reassuringly, and seems quite delighted by the whole
thing. "I can't believe you two managed to hide this from me. I was
watching so carefully, too."
"Well, I couldn't act differently in front of the children, after
all," Maddy says.
Ishmael lifts Maddy's hand up and kisses it. "You can't be
everywhere all the time, Ariana." He smiles. "Besides, you probably
didn't know because I was courting like a proper gentleman -- or at least
I was trying to."
Maddy gives Ishmael a beaming smile.
"Of course. Aren't the children going to be surprised?" Ariana
grins. "I certainly hope you're going to have a reception of some sort,
once you've told everyone."
"Um..." Maddy looks to Ishmael.
Ishmael blushes, "Uh. I think the only ones who might be
surprised are Ana and Briana. The boys have been on to me from the get go
-- Jalana, too. I believe her exact quote was, 'You don't love her yet,
but you will.'" He rolls his eyes. "Smarmy little know-it-all...I hate
it when she's right."
"As for a reception, probably not until I get back from Chaos.
I'd hate to waste what little time we have together before then..."
It's now Maddy's turn to blush...
Ariana chuckles. "That sounds like Jalana. This is wonderful! I
had a feeling the two of you would suit each other. Definitely don't
waste the time you have right now. You do realize, of course, that there
are faster Shadows out there where you could pass a little more time..."
That sails about three feet over Maddy's head.
That's what Ishmael was hoping for...he sort of gives Ariana a
"hairy eyeball" at the suggestion, then shakes his head. "It's not the
same. I want to live every moment until I leave in the here and now, with
Maddy. We're going to have the rest of our lives together -- I don't want
to cheapen that."
"Of course, it was only a suggestion. You're right, you'll have
plenty of time when you get back. So, are you planning to move into a
Ishmael sort of stammers, "Uhhh. My place is decent sized, so we
shouldn't need to move -- unless we're going to host a lot of 'fetes'..."
He smirks and shoots a sidelong glance at Maddy.
Ariana grins. "Well, that has been known to happen..."
Maddy frowns. "You said you didn't want to have any parties."
Ariana looks at Ishmael and raises an eyebrow.
"Whoa! I have *never* had a party!" Ishmael looks at Maddy.
"And I *don't* want to have parties!"
"Just making sure."
Ariana smiles at both of them. "Well, as long as you both agree."
"You are a cruel, cruel woman..." Ishmael says to Maddy.
"Me?" she says, putting a hand to her bosom.
"Of course not, my Dove." His voice is dripping with sarcasm and
he's rolling his eyes.
Ariana just listens to this exchange with a huge grin on her face.
Maddy steps firmly (but not enough to really hurt) on the end of
"Oh, I'm sorry, Love. Was I standing in the exact place that your
dear, precious, perfect foot wished to be?" He steps one step to the
She smacks him lightly on the shoulder.
He feigns great injury. "She beats me mercilessly when no one is
around, Ariana...it's just terrible! I thought she was such a sweet and
innocent girl when I married her!"
Maddy looks utterly horrified and completely embarrassed. She's
Ariana laughs and punches Ishmael on the arm. "You're
embarrassing your new bride, Ishmael."
He smirks. "I'm sorry Maddy." Then he looks to Ariana.
"Seriously now, she is wonderful and sweet and innocent -- Lord knows why
she ever consented to marry me..."
"I sat in the sun too long," Maddy says, folding her arms across
Ariana tsks and pretends to look sympathetic. "No wonder he
married you in such a hurry."
"Hey! I'm no fool! I knew that if she got an iced tea and a cool
cloth, I'd be a bachelor for life!" He winks at Maddy.
"And then gods help the rest of us who'd have to associate with
you," Ariana says with a grin.
Maddy smiles despite herself.
Ishmael's glad to see that she's finally smiling. "...and with
that brilliant revelation, I believe we'll be taking our leave of you,
Ariana." Ishmael bows to her.
And Maddy curtsies.
Ariana laughs and gives them both another hug. "Do you want to
tell the children yourselves, or shall I?"
Ishmael looks at Maddy and shrugs. "I don't know about you -- but
I think I could live without Jalana's I-told-you-so look..."
Maddy looks to Ariana. "I think that means you get to do it."
"All right. I assume this means you don't mind if I tell my
husband, as well?"
Ishmael sighs. "Fine Ariana. You can tell Vetch." He's working
his way towards the door, holding Maddy's hand. "We're leaving now. Good
day to you!"
Ariana smiles and waves. "Good day. And congratulations again!"
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Last modified on June 19, 1998 by Kris Fazzari.