Anne Lemont was not known for holding her tongue. When she was irate, she let you know what she was upset about, and why.
A decade after the death of her first husband, Anne married Richard Lemont, a man known for his stoic nature. What bargain he struck with Anne prior to their nuptials can only be guessed, but after the wedding, Anne held her tongue when something upset her.
She did this for 29 years until one day she could hold back her anger no longer, and Cross suffered from it.
Wells around town exploded, and geysers of water shot into the air. Houses were damaged, and streets were flooded. Six individuals vanished under the waters, and an untold number of household pets and livestock disappeared as well.
It took two weeks for the waters to recede, and during those two weeks, many people – including Anne and Richard – had to be rescued from their homes.
When the streets were once again dry and all the bodies buried, I paid Anne and Richard a visit. During the time there, I listened to the two of them argue incessantly about whether or not the water was hot enough for tea. When I looked askance at the constant bickering, Richard shrugged.
“Better out than in,” Anne told me, pouring me a cup. “I think we’ve all learned that lesson quite well.”
She was, of course, perfectly correct.
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