It was too much time apart, but it was still necessary. While she would be unable to receive word from him on her travels, she thought of her husband as she clutched Jasper to her lap.
Dark circles lined her eyes, she was gaunt now, but she was holding on, and her belly had swollen still.
When she was able to will herself, she sat with Jasper and reminded him of Barley and Hillside, and offered him a weak smile. “All is well little gem of mine…all is well.” And felt her smile falter some.