Saturday, May 22, 2094 Before dawn Somewhere in the Bayous of Louisiana District
Patient: Lillianna Fontaine, age 21. G1, P0 (well, P1 now), 38W 4D gestation. Delivered a healthy baby girl at 03:32. No complications, despite being a little early. She weighed approximately seven pounds. Approximate, because my hanging scale is probably near New Orleans right now on the Adeline, instead of being used in a mosquito-infested swamp in the middle of nowhere Louisiana. Lillianna promptly named the squalling baby Sunshine Jane. Ironic, because for the last day and a half, we had not seen the sun; only the heavy, steel sky and its sheets of rain.
An hour after the rain ceased, one of the wagon's wheels bogged down in the soup. Coincidentally, Lillianna's labor began in earnest around the same time. Both events halted the five-wagon train for
the day, and I expect it will be another day before we are able to
travel once more. Cody Fontaine, Lillianna's husband, claimed we were
This Five Questions interview features Alicia Roque Ruggieri, author of the novel The House of Mercy. I met Alicia online in a Goodreads group, and was struck by her fervent and sincere Christian faith.
I asked Alicia to tell us a little about herself. Here's what she had to say:
and raised on the New England coast, I grew up breathing in the salt air,
pretending I stood on the balcony of Cair Paravel. The youngest of three
sisters, I’m married to a fun and furry Italian-Frenchman, and I’m also the
mother of a second-hand pug with more physical and emotional problems than I
love playing hymns and classical pieces on the piano (quite badly, I’m
afraid!), sewing by hand, baking, and walks through the woods and on the beach.
My two nieces and two nephews have captured my heart, and so I relish spending
time with them as well. I
graduated from Rhode Island College (B.A. in Mass Media Communications and
History) and have had the privilege of attending privat…