"Wait, where are you going?" she asked, rising up to follow him.
"Wait? What feast?" Mackenzie asked, shocked.
Breandan explained to her, "Every year on this day we hold a Feast Day. and invite family and friends over to join us."
Breandan grimaced apologetically. "I forget that you are not used to our customs yet. They will all come over in the afternoon and we will give thanks for our blessings with each other." He kissed her cheek in parting.
Mackenzie grumbled and stomped around her bedroom getting ready. I'm going to be a widow after only a night of marriage, she thought darkly, because I'm going to kill him.
"You're up early," Breandan told his brother amiably as he walked into the room.
Kearney chuckled dryly. "And you are up late! I've already been working out for two hours! You sleep like the dead now that you are with the foreigner!"
"I know, I'm sorry. It will take me time to get used to all the changes," Kearney said apologetically. Why were his talks with his brother fraught with conflict these days?
"I made a marriage vow last night!" Breandan said at the same time, feeling guilty for not waiting for his brother to be present.
"You what?" Kearney blinked. "Married? The foreign... " he caught his error and corrected himself, "...Mackenzie? Last night?" He stared at his brother with shock.
Breandan confirmed with a nod of his head. "I gave her mother's ring."
Kearney desperately sought balance as his world had been turned upside down. "So soon?" he asked.
Breandan's mouth lifted in a smile. "One day I pray you feel the pleasure of the heat of the moment," he said. He paused, "Are you mad?"
"No!" Kearney assured him once he could speak again. "I'm not mad! I told you last night. I stand beside you... and now your new wife, as well."
Kearney scoffed loudly. "I have already worked out today. I did not laze about in bed like a moon-eyed boy!" He eyed Breandan's form critically. "Straighten your back when you lift. Your back is going to go out and then where will your new wife be?"
Breandan straighted his back and glared at his brother. "You're only saying that because you're jealous!" he taunted.
The jab hit Kearney in the solar plexus. He was jealous, he thought. His twin had found true love and left him behind. And no amount of working out or finding a prettier girlfriend could compete with that! Shoving down his melancholy to examine later, Kearney trained Breandan.
After working out for four hours, Breandan set the bar down and gasped for breath. "I give! No more!" he said, wiping his sweaty brow.
"A measly four hours?" Kearney scoffed.
Breandan got up weakly. "Ha! You only worked out for two hours this morning!" Oh, plumbbob, his muscles were sore! "And I wasn't in here riding you!"
"Training!" Kearney automatically corrected.
"Mackenzie?" Breandan called as he trotted down the stairs. He had looked upstairs in the room and didn't see her. He wondered if she was mad at him for this morning. "Mackenzie?" he called out again.
"Coming!" she called from the washroom under the stairs. He heard the water running.
Mackenzie nodded, reaching out to stroke his cheek. "Did you speak with your brother?"
"I did. He gives us both his congratulations," Breandan tells her as he reaches up to hold her hand against his face.
"Are you sure you're feeling okay?" he inquires again.
Mackenzie waves off his concern. "I must be nervous about meeting everyone! My stomach has been tied in knots all morning!"
"Everyone is going to love you. And, you already know most of the people coming from work - there's Lieutenant MacAnna and Mason Sackholme."
Breandan glances guiltily back at the door. "The guests will be arriving soon," he protests.
"Hmph!" Shannon says as she sets down her platter.
"Kearney, how have you been?" she said, making small-talk.
"...and they actually had the audacity to leave a note on Mithrilen's mirror accusing him of..." Shannon suddenly noticed that Kearney's attention was no longer on her. "Oh," she said under her breath sadly.
She gushed, "Well, when I heard the foreigner..."
Kearney frowned and interrupted her, "Her name is Mackenzie."
Mary's lips thinned with a brief look of distaste before she was smiling winsomely again. "Yes, of course. Well, as I was saying, when I hear she was going to be here, I just had to come with Dermot Cullen!" She glanced around the room. "Have you seen Breandan?"
Kearney pointed to the corner of the room as Mary grinned "Excellent!"
"What is it? What'd you see?" she asked, leaning over to see from Mason's vantage point.
She saw Breandan back away and shake his head, but couldn't hear what he was saying. She hoped he was telling the floozy off!
She cast Mary a gloating look when Mary glanced over at her.
"Come, Marian, the hour grows late. We need to return home," Robin told her as he shook Kearney's hand. "Thank you for having us. It is always interesting having a Feast with the members of the Garda!" he laughed.
Breandan nodded behind his brother. "Mackenzie was well received," he agreed.
"I just opened it!" Kearney retorted.
"Well I'm not fixing it! I didn't break it!" Breandan argued back.
Kearney frowned at his brother. "I didn't break it either!" he exclaimed.
Crossing his arms, Breandan returned his brother's frown. "Well, then, I guess neither of us are going to fix it!"
"I guess not!" Kearney quipped back.
Breandan: Talk to Mackenzie, Workout 4 hours
Kearney: Train someone, Meet someone new, Talk to Marian, Be friends with Marian
Mackenzie: Be friends with Mason, Have a baby, Join Forensic Branch, Learn how to make sushi
Breandan: Workout 6 hours, Reach Athletic Lvl 8, Join Special Agent Branch
Kearney: Workout 6 hours, Get promotion, Have 5 friends
*AN: Oh, Mary Moloney, you floozy! Breandan's heart belongs to Breandan! Give it up!
Kearney seems to be interested in any woman that walks through the door. So far, he hasn't rolled any wishes concerning anyone other than his co-worker, Marian. He obviously needs to socialize a little more!