Her final statement of defiance caused Kenneth to blanch. One simply did not speak thus to a knight, a Laird, and a benefactor. He hastened to make amends, his eyes entreating understanding and forgiveness.
"Sor Kent, I haepe tha' ye dinnae take my guidwife's waerds as offense. We haeld nae gruidge against thee oor the Earl ither, for tha' mather. 'Tis her heart tha'speaks, Sor, for hse has pooret her heart and saeul intae this effaert. She lo'es tha pair of them, ye ken. Soometimes," here his eyes darted toward his wife, and he grinned at her with a sparkle in his eyes tat was equal parts affection and tease, "I am nae sae sure buit wha' she loveth them maere than me oor the wee aun."
Melinda glared at him for an instant, but then her consternation turned to humor and her young laugh broke the tension.