Conversations with Kate: Nick
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“You look lovely in that blue dress, Kate darling. Your brother Nick likes the color blue. It reminds him of the sky, I think. He’s more at home under the sky than under his own roof! He grew up outside, you see. Tom
Barkley put him on a horse before he could walk!”
Victoria opened the parlor drapes. “There—some sun! Nick was my sunshine child. He’d stand by the window and cry whenever it rained! Once—he was about five—it rained for two weeks. I actually thought he would be sick. He stopped eating and hid under his bed. Even his father couldn’t get him to come out!”
She shook her head. “Stubborn, that’s what he was. Stubborn as the old mule that plowed up our first vegetable garden. One day she decided she’d done enough work and never did another lick. Tom would’ve shot her, but when Nick found out, he hollered so loud—even took to sneaking out and sleeping in the barn practically under her lazy feet!”
Victoria put a hand to her brow. “Oh, how that boy could holler—and still does! Why, sometimes I think he’s going to shatter the chandeliers when he comes storming through the door shouting for me—or Audra—even Silas—who just ignores him!”
“But he loves the land, Kate—loves it like it’s his family, and maybe it is. He’s his father’s son. You can depend on a man like that—trust him with your life. And if the time ever comes, darling girl, when you need someone to depend on—if, God forbid, your father and I aren’t here—your brother Nick’s the one.”
In her willow basket, Kate yawned.
“I see you understand completely,” her mother murmured. “Well, in time you will. You will.”