Nora woke up the next morning determined to try again. She wasn't so pregnant that she couldn't make a short visit, so she called a taxi and went to visit Goneril Capp.
The woman lived in a house that was smaller than the one Eliza and Nora had shared. Juliet and Mercutio had added a wing to that house, and it was downright spacious now. This house was crowded and overflowing with Goneril's large brood.
"Come to gloat?" the woman said.
"No," Nora said. "I just thought I'd try to get to know Tybalt's family, is all."
"Hmph," Goneril said. "Easy enough for you to extend the olive branch, living in a grand mansion like you do."
"Is there anything I can do to help you?" Nora asked.
Gonerils' eyes flashed greedily. "You could send money," she said.
"I can do better than that," Nora said.
"You did what?" Consort said.
"I invited Goneril to move in when we move out," Nora said. "You've got all this space, and you've been saying how lonely you'll be once we're gone ... "
"You had no right," the old man said.
"She's your oldest daughter," Nora said. "It's only fitting. I know it was a bit presumptious of me, but it's the perfect solution."
"Her kids are brats."
"If you don't wish them to come, all you have to do is tell them," Nora said, getting up from the table.
Tybalt followed her upstairs. "That was diabolical," he said, grinning at his wife. "No one says no to Goneril."
Nora smiled. "Was I out of line?"
"A little," he said, "but you were right. They need a better place to live, and he'd be lonely living here alone. I think he's getting exactly what he ... Nora?"
"I think you'd better call the doctor," she said, grabbing the bedpost for support.
Lorelei Capp was born at the hospital later that night. While she and her mother recuperated, Tybalt moved Fiona and all of their stuff to their new home, which was right next door to the house Nora had raised Eliza in, the house Juliet and Mercutio now shared.
"We're neighbors!" Juliet said, putting down the flowers she'd brought and giving her friend a hug. "Let me see that baby ... "
Two days later Nora and Lorelei came home. Nora couldn't stop the tears that sprang to her eyes when she saw the house, a charming small Tudor. It was everything she wanted in her own home, cheerful, bright and warm.
"Oh, Tybalt, it's perfect," she said.
"Welcome home," Tybalt said, giving her shoulders a squeeze.Next Chapter