After the fiasco at the ball, things get pretty quiet around the castle. Sno learns the cause of Regina’s embarrassing display was because she isn’t in the right state of mind. Specifically, Regina is with child. All the castle is busy in preparation for the new baby. The King orders the woodcarver to fashion a new cradle with a matching dresser. He then charges the royal seamstress to weave a rug for the child’s nursery. Marian and Esther are working hard to ensure Regina has the most nutritious veggies and fruits available. There is to always be sustenance available to Regina, if she decides she is hungry.
Regina has since apologized to Lady White. She, being gracious and understanding, forgave her immediately. It inevitably helps that Regina is pregnant, and therefore in less control of her hormones. Lady White understands that stress that comes with growing a child, and holds none of Regina’s transgressions against her.
On a stormy, rainy night in Summer, Regina goes into labor.
The King waits outside the room as the handmaidens assist Regina in her bedchamber. Sno waits with her Father, though she can go in and assist, she decides that her place should be with her Patriarch. She holds his hand and gives him a hug when they finally hear the baby let out a loud strong cry.
“Congratulations Father!” Sno exclaims happily. “You’ve a child.”
“The King smiles.”And congratulations to you Daughter, you’re an elder sister.”
As they stand conversing, Marian comes out of the room, she wipes her hands on her apron and smiles wide.”My King, it’s a healthy baby girl.” she says happily bowing her head.
“Oh! A sister!” Sno cries enthusiastically. “When can we see her?”
“The Queen is ready now, if you would like.” Marian replies.
Sno bows her head. “Thank you Marian, so very much.”
“Yes, Marian, your service is greatly appreciated..” The King says graciously.
Sno smiles at Marian once more, then creeps to the door of the bedchamber. She opens the door slightly. “Step Mother, may I enter?”