The return of the women and girls from Mount Cory that had been kidnapped during the Ivarian raids tempered this great sadness. Every day, more and more of them arrived. Their awaiting families greeted them. Each time, Golden would see the hope in Button’s eyes as he watched the newcomers arrived. Then she would see the pain on his face when he realized Deirdre was not among them.
This had gone on for many days when, late one afternoon, another small party of young women arrived in the village. Button’s attention was diverted as he was talking with some of the warriors. Golden watched as a young girl with pigtails from the group peered around the village as if she were earnestly looking for someone. The little girl started when she saw Button. She wiped tears from her eyes and crossed the street to where Button stood with the men.
Golden saw Button look up as she approached. For a moment, he just stared, then he whooped and ran to meet his little sister Deirdre, returned safe and sound to Ravenscrag. They embraced and hugged each other. Tears of joy ran down Golden’s face to see him so happy.
In the following days, Deirdre chattered nonstop. Golden was happy that her hardships had not dampened her spirit. Button would not let Deirdre out of his sight for fear he would lose her again.
Excerpt from Dagger of Urachadh: Attack from the Underworld, p. 259-260.
My younger sister JoAnn was never the quiet one among us three sisters. I don’t know if she got the ‘gift of gab’ from our Dad but she has never been shy for words. Her more than adequate volume range made her perfect for public speaking. She received 1st place in Grade 9 for her speech. The character Deirdre in my book was written in homage to her. Deirdre in Gaelic may mean “She who murmurs or chatters”.
JoAnn is a smart, hardworking woman with a strong work ethic. She is also the type of person that knows how to think on her feet. She worked in the store in our hometown for over 12 years. She moved to Saskatoon in 2002. She has had a successful career working in the Co-op home office for almost 20 years.
JoAnn has been such a good sister and friend to me over the years. I am so proud of her. I am so blessed to have her in my life.
Karen E. Mosier
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