(A Christmas Tale Countdown series, Part 5; see Part 4)
“Aunt Maisey, I hope you don’t mind if I take a few more birds,” Ebenezer said to his aunt. They were in the drawing-room finishing their tea.
“Oh?” she said, somewhat taken by surprise. Not wishing to appear miffed, she suggested they go to the music room to see what she can find for him.
They walked to the room where different cages of birds sat on every surface or hung from the ceiling. His aunt stopped by a cage holding four colly birds. She pointed to them and said, “There, you can take those and give them to your lady friend.”
Ebenezer was hoping she would choose one of the colorful birds, but the black ones would do. At least he didn’t have to spend again. He sensed though that this might be the last set of birds he could expect from Aunt Maisey. He thanked her and took the cage with the birds in them.
Horace was eager to see Elizabeth again, but was disappointed to find that she was feeling ill and so was not able to receive him. Her aunt didn’t seem that excited to see the birds either. After all, no supper could be had from them.