Summary: As four Daughters are born after the four Sons, they must learn about their Power that no one knows about. But it's been five years since they've been sent away from Ipswich, and no one knows what to expect as the Daughters return for their senior year at Spencer with their brothers. CD/NP PP/AG RG/AS TS/CD
It really came as a surprise to all the families when they found out that the wives of The Sons of Ipswich had conceived daughters after the first born sons. Another child hasn't been born into the families for many generations nonetheless four children - girls over all! - in a year.
This left the wives to celebrate, the husbands to be merry, and the Elders to research.
The Elders were the strongest and eldest of the last living generation of Ipswich sons. Any Son living eventually becomes an Elder as previous Head becomes deceased. As Head of the Elders, Gorman conducted the meeting.
Gorman looked at the other four men, William Danvers II, Harris Parry, Russell Garwin, and Hunter Simms, the new grandfathers.
He sighed. "Alright men, four Daughters of Ipswich are going to be born. We must find out why. Is there appending danger and the gods have given us a sign with more power? Or are the gods telling us that this is the last line of male warlocks and our lines will only continue with female witches? Maybe this is a fluke. Maybe this is bad, gentlemen, or maybe this is a blessing. We do not know – at all. I can't even be sure if they will get any powers. Or if their powers affect the boys," Gorman said.
"Have there even been any recordings of female witches in our lines?" asked Hunter Simms.
"Only a few, about four generations ago," Gorman said.
"What was recorded about them?" asked Harris Parry.
"There were four recordings – one of each of your families. Winnifred Simms, 1679-1693; Abigale Danvers, 1672-1692; Rufina Garwin, 1651-1671; Beatrice Parry, 1636-1650," Gorman announced after looking in the Book of Damnation, which recorded births and deaths around a group of Sons' time alive.
"What about their powers?" asked William Danvers II.
Gorman looked up from the Book. "They were recorded but in their diaries. They must be in this room somewhere." The five men looked for months in the dark, damp room without recovering anything.
One evening, while William Danvers was hiding from his hormonal daughter-in-law, he ran to his study. It was centuries old and included books from his family that were centuries old too. Scanning the selves for the possibility of a new read, he saw a small, old, leather bound book. Pulling it gently off the self, he opened it to read at his study desk.
It's the New Year now and Father gave me this lovely leather bound parchment to write my thoughts. Mother says Father will be going away soon. I'm not sure where but maybe age is finally hitting him because he looks wearier and wearier every day. I'm not sure what it means but it seems like everyone but I do. Even Roderick seems to understand and he may be the densest person I know. Mother would murder me if she heard me say that about my brother but he may up being the village idiot – not that he would notice.
But Father gave me this before he leaves in the Spring. I will miss him dearly. He acts like the only person who isn't…afraid? Disgusted? Appalled? Even the priest in the town square, who hates our family, acts like I'm some sort of an abomination. What was so wrong with being born?
~ Abigale Danvers
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