After Sonora, Alicia took a year off to travel, apply to universities, and plan her wedding. Said wedding was a quiet affair, and Alicia thought her entrance to the Pierce family might have been missed altogether had it not resulted in yet another redistribution of the houses on Mt. Pierce, with Alicia and Thad claiming the old Third Son's House which her new uncle Marcus and his family had previously occupied. Alicia took considerable pleasure in redecorating the house to suit her tastes, at least as far as could be done without breaking radically with Mt. Pierce's overall rural-gentry aesthetic, but overall found this period of her life unsatisfying; at university she felt socially estranged from the other students because of her marriage, and outside of it she was continually fighting for status, joining any Respectable Organization that would have her, campaigning for the causes and charitable endeavors of said organizations, and trying to ingratiate herself with her parents-in-law and grandmother-in-law. After university, she was forced to conclude that either she had won some measure of Druscella's approval, that Druscella simply finds it amusing to watch all her grandsons and their wives sink into paranoia, or at least that Druscella has decided to acknowledge the unfortunate tendency of Pierce heirs to 'die' shortly before people strongly resembling them suddenly appear in Boston and how this tendency does make putting all the family's eggs in her 'nephew' Winston's basket a pretty risky proposition, because to Alicia's great surprise, everyone agreed she and Thad should try to have children after all. They were successful in this endeavor - indeed, moreso than intended, producing twins.
In the early stages of her pregnancy, Alicia resolved not to allow it to change anything about her life. However, as the double pregnancy reduced her ability to live her life as she was accustomed to more and more, she found herself increasingly directing her complaints about the situation to her own abdomen when alone, which resulted in viewing her sons, Alexander Thesius and Nicholas Diomedes, as people rather than simply as extensions of her will or even of their father. To her alarm, the number of people she loves has increased, to the point where she is terrified of what she might or might not do if the boys' interests ever came to conflict with her husband's.