Claire goes to the stones herself, unable to give a final good-bye, only to find Brianna there waiting for her and dressed in an 18th century dress. She tells Claire that Jamie has to know they survived, that he did what he meant to do and that they owe it to him. She and Roger watch as Claire disappears through the stones.
Drums of Autumn
In 1969 Boston, Brianna receives an early-morning phone call from Roger Wakefield who says he will be attending a conference in Boston and asks if she wants to see him. She says she does and they’re a little awkward with each other until Bree realizes that Roger is the only person in the world who understands how she feels about her parents living in the past. She tells him she was dreaming of her father Jamie Fraser, and that they were hiking together in the woods, and she could smell the pine trees. Roger tells her that if she comes to Scotland, he’ll take her Munro bagging, which means climbing any peak in the Highlands over 3,000 feet high.
Claire asks what they’re doing there, and Bree said they came to see her off and if Claire doesn’t go, she will
She guesses he’s currently in Scotland because his accent thickens when he’s there. He laughs and when she apologizes for not writing he tells her they can talk about it when he’s there and tells her that he’s glad she said yes to his visit. After he hangs up, she thinks that she should have written, and had, but because everything was still raw and Roger was a part of that, she avoided him like a hurt animal. She knew her mother was gone, but it was different than when Frank Randall had died. Roger had helped her grieve her mother and asked her to stay, but there were things she needed to do first, to finish school and to rebuild her shattered life. If they were to have a relationship, it had to be something they choose, not because of shared events.
Nervous to see Roger, Brianna brings along a friend with her to pick him up at the airport. Her friend asks whether she and Roger have had sex yet and when Bree says no, asks whether they will during this trip. Roger shows up, and her friend says he looks like a pirate and Bree agrees to herself that he does indeed look good. Bree thinks she shouldn’t have let him come, but when he sees her and smiles, she rushes toward him for a big hug and kiss. Roger has his guitar and bodhran with him, and he tells them that while his airfare is paid for by the conference, his expenses are not so he’ll sing at a local Celtic festival up in the mountains at the end of the week. When Bree drops Roger off at his hotel, her friend tells her that if she doesn’t sleep with him, she’s crazy.
On the way to the festival, Brianna and Roger play a word game called the Minister’s Cat as a way to get to know each other. Roger tells Bree she’s wonderful for driving him a hundred and fifty miles, and she says that’s not far. Her father always said that the difference between an American, and an Englishman is that an Englishman thinks a hundred miles is a long way and an American thinks a hundred years is a long time. He asks if she’s an American, and she says she supposes she is. The mood turns serious, and she says that his presence reminds her of her parents and the loss. She says she didn’t know if he was interested in, and he says he definitely is. He gives same day loans New Mexico her a kiss to prove it.