The Midwife's Apprentice

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  • Brat was a girl that had been going from town to town in search of food and for as long as she knows, she's been on her own.
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  • 1. I will work mistress, and I am stronger and smarter than I seem.
  • 2. Get up then, girl. You do put me in mind of a dung beetle burrowing in that heap. Get up, Beetle, and I may yet find something for you to do.
  • Weeks of hard work, cold meals and being mistreated by the Midwife and villagers had gone by when one day newly named Alyce heard something. Will Russet, a boy who used to torment her was helping a cow give birth in a hole in the ground and he wanted her help.
  • 3.  That is alright, just do as I say. Make sweet sounds and rub her head and belly.
  • 1.  Alyce come help me, Tansy is about to give birth to her calf.
  • 5.  What should I do? I have so many options. What do I want?  .....  I know what I want now.
  • 2. I am sorry, but I am no midwife for cow, not a midwife at all.
  • While the midwife selfishly went to help another woman in labor who would pay her more, Alyce helped the Bailiff's wife give birth to her baby and succeded.
  • 2.  She's beautiful.
  • 1.  Her name shall be Alyce Little.
  • Alyce decided to stay at an Inn she found after she ran away (due to her failure of birthing Emma's baby) and help Jennet (the wife of the owner of the Inn) and in exchange, she got food a shelter. One time she had seen the midwife, and another time her friend Will Russet.
  • 2.  I'm glad you think so, I'm grateful for somewhere to stay and something to eat.
  • 1.  Oskins, boskins, chickadee. You are such a help to me that I would you would stay on awhile.
  • When a man came into the Inn seeking help because his wife had a "stomach worm", Alyce knew it was, in fact, a baby and soon helped give birth to it.
  • 2.  I be no angel.
  • 4.  My sister grows old and she needs care, come and help me care for her.
  • 3.  You must come with me and care for my boy.  You have done a miracle!
  • 1.  Miss, you be an angel or saint? 
  • Alyce realized what she really wanted was to be a midwife's apprentice, even a midwife someday. She went back to the midwife's cottage because she wanted to stay with the midwife and wanted to learn more.
  • 3.  I can do what you tell me and take what you give me, and I know How to try and risk and fail and try again and not give up. I will not go away.
  • 2.  Jane, I am back. I be a fine midwife's apprentice now. I know about babies and birthing, singing songs and cooking chickens, crying and laughing and reading.
  • 1.  Purrr
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