“Clara, you should have seen the expression on that sailor’s face when we handed him an invoice for his docking privileges.” Alicia was proud of the morning’s accomplishments and thankful for her helpers. “The old ledger worked.” She didn’t want her sister to give up so soon. They needed to keep the hacienda running until Mama and Papa returned.
“Okay, you manage the dock, but I’m not prepared to run the house like Mama did. Do you expect me to be the gardener, and cook, and cleaner?” Clara was near tears.
“Several girls at the Mission are ready to go to work. Why don’t I assign you someone to help?” Romo could see Clara’s frustration. “Roberto, you return to help Alicia. I’ll send someone with you to help Clara.”
“I want Nina back. Make her come back, Padre. She already knows all our routines.”
“Nina has begun her own household, free from Mission
“She is making a family with that trapper? He’s a White man and he can’t have her!” Clara said.
“She is his wife and having a baby.” Alicia had trouble saying the words.
“What? She is still a girl. She cannot do that.”
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