Of Chaos and Change Ep 176

The Fiery Cross

Installment 12

Chapters 21-22

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Chapters:

21 – Twenty-Twenty

22 – The Fiery Cross

Summary: Claire administers an eye examination. Mrs. Bug takes ownership of the running of the big house. A family with a sordid past comes to visit. Claire worries. Claire struggles with the changes to come. Fight. Fight. Fight. Solace is found outdoors. Jamie ceremonially prepares for the changes ahead. The men Jamie calls to arms must come of their own volition. A family member is asked to join Jamie in the fight.

Setting: The settlement of Fraser’s Ridge, NC – Fall

Active Characters:

  • Claire
  • Roger
  • Brianna
  • Jamie
  • Bug
  • The Muellers
  • Chisolm

Events:

  • Claire exams Roger’s eyes. Roger doesn’t have binocular vision. He isn’t able to shoot at moving targets. He has eyes like a hawk! But the real question is, is it genetic?
  • Mrs. Bug is in her element cooking and caring for Jamie, Claire, and those staying at the ridge or in the big house.
  • The Muellers being at The Ridge is challenging since Gerhard is the one who scalped the local Tuscarora who he thought cursed his family with the measles.
  • Claire does careful math of the stores to ensure Mrs. Bug isn’t being too elaborate with the feeding. Claire cleverly hides the special foods, so they won’t get gobbled up. She also worries about vitamin deficiency over Winter.
  • Claire’s botched penicillin experiment and the catfight between Mrs. Bug and Mrs. Chisolm.
  • Claire yearns for the predictability of home, hearth, and her surgery.
  • Everyone present is at their wits end with the overcrowded spaces and rowdy children. Brianna snaps. Claire decidedly finds the male folk easier to be around than a bunch of women.
  • The echoes of Nayawenne visit Claire as she walks with Jemmy.
  • Claire having unsuccessfully visits the malting shed to find some soothing whisky for Jemmy’s sore gums, happens upon Jamie bathing by the spring. He is in the act of ritually cleaning himself.
  • After Jamie’s prayer reached its conclusion, Claire and Jemmy join him. Of course, Jamie has a flask of the holy water to soothe his sore gums.
  • Jamie explains the calling of the clans for war as he had seen Dougal perform.
  • There is a deep understanding that he is not clan chief or laird of the peoples on The Ridge or in the backcountry. The men must come by free will.
  • Jamie walks a fine line of a loyalist who will have to turn traitor.
  • Jamie shares it was his Uncle Dougal he was seeking for help when he prayed.

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Honorable Men Ep 172

The Fiery Cross

Week 8

Chapters 13-14

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Summary: The age-old argument of what makes the best barbecue unfolds. Beans are indeed a musical fruit. Memories endure and bond. Aunt Jocasta is a savvy woman. What makes an honorable man? Jamie makes a confession. A religious event occurs. Marriage cannot wait.

Setting: Mt. Helicon, NC, Late October 1770 with cool, grey, and wet weather.

Active Characters:

  • Jamie
  • Claire
  • Rosamund Lindsay
  • Ronnie Sinclair
  • Roger
  • Brianna

Of Note:

  • The great barbecue debate and the memories of Jamaica.
  • The “beans” song.
  • The bonding effect of Ardsmuir.
  • The recollection of Roger telling Jocasta off and ceremony talk.
  • Honorable men, Roger and Frank.
  • The priest’s “jail” is discovered, and a plan is hatched.
  • Jamie’s confession and true motive for wanting to find the priest.
  • Roger and Brianna get married.

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Of Formality and Belonging Ep 173

 

The Fiery Cross

Week 9

Chapters 15-16

 

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Summary: A wedding feast is had by all. An evening calling of the clans occurs. Jamie makes a moving speech. The families of the Ridge are announced. Roger vows to always sing for her. Lactating breasts don’t care. Brianna takes matters into her own hands.

Setting: Mt. Helicon, NC, Late October 1770 with cool, grey, and wet weather.

Active Characters:

  • Jamie
  • Claire
  • Roger
  • Brianna

Of Note:

  • Jocasta puts on a large feast for the wedding couple.
  • Jamie welcomes the Ridge families with formality.
  • Brianna asks Roger to always sing for her.
  • This wedding feels different than their first.
  • Adventures in lactating breasts.
  • Roger serenades Brianna.
  • Brianna’s inability to orgasm during sex.

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No Place Like Home Ep 174

The Fiery Cross

Week 10

Chapters 17 & 18

 

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Chapters:

  • 17 – Watchfire
  • 18 – No Place Like Home

Summary:  The Gathering and the longest day draws to a close. Jamie ponders the act of surrender. There is a call to duty. The caravan heads to Fraser’s Ridge. Jamie happens upon a spirit-filled place. A gift for Claire is picked up amongst the trees. There is fear for what might be found at the Ridge. Homecoming is sweet and noisy. A wee posy for Claire. For what is a sponge?  Roger gives Brianna something practical and special. It’s not a dream.

Setting: The settlement of Fraser’s Ridge, NC

Active Characters:

  • Jamie
  • Claire
  • Roger
  • Brianna

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What’s Happening:

  • The Gathering is winding down and Jamie takes notice.
  • To surrender and not lose oneself.
  • Jamie’s call to duty.
  • Jamie has a spiritual encounter.
  • A feisty wee kitten is found.
  • Jamie’s reticence at returning home.
  • The relief of homecoming and Mrs. Bug.
  • A wee posy for Claire in light of the lost gift.
  • The parallels of sponges.
  • Plump like a hen.
  • Roger’s posy to Brianna more practicality than romance.
  • A dream and a gift discovered.

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Pride and Virtue Ep 171

The Fiery Cross

Week 7

Chapters 11-12

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Summary: Roger seeks a kindness from Jocasta. Jocasta shocks Roger and she gets a piece of his mind. The Gathering is drawing to a close. Claire’s guts are griping. Germaine sings a tune. The mobcap dies an ugly death. Jamie consoles Claire. Jamie has a plan for the Ridge. A deal is struck. Himself is in demand.

Setting: Mt. Helicon, NC, Late October 1770 with cool, grey, and wet weather.

Chapter 11 Pride

Chapter 12  Virtue

Active Characters:

  • Roger
  • Jocasta
  • Claire
  • Marsali
  • Germain
  • Jamie
  • Joseph Wemyss

Of Note:

  • The importance of family as deduced by Roger after his encounter with Iain Mhor.
  • Roger’s incorrect at believing the Regulators had not made it into the history books.
  • Roger’s internal conflict about the Cameron wealth versus the Findlay family’s lack thereof. His request for Jocasta to help the family felt like the work of the Reverend. Canny Jocasta hatches a plan that won’t hurt the Joan Findlay’s pride.
  • The private conversation between Roger and Jocasta.
  • Claire’s ponderings.
  • Claire’s interaction with Marsali, Germaine, and the teakettle.
  • Jamie returning to camp with the priest.
  • Jamie and Claire by the pool.
  • Jamie and Claire discussing the militia and the Ridge.
  • Josiah Beardsley and the deal.

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