Authors: Rosie Clarke
âGood, because that's what I want our children to beâ¦'
âOur children, Lizzie?'
She laughed as his brows rose. âWell, I'm hoping there will be a few â as I told you yesterday.'
âAnd what about your ambition to design beautiful hats?'
âDo you recall telling me once that all you required of me was to design lovely creations you could sell, that I could have others to look after everything elseâ¦'
âI do vaguely remember,' he said, his eyes intent on her face, âand would you be happy with that, Lizzie?'
âI think I might, most of the time â though I might want to make a few special ones myself, and to visit the workshops occasionally, but I'll be content to be a wife and mother â if it's what you want too?'
âYou know the answer to that,' Sebastian smiled as he set a plate of sizzling bacon in front of her. âI've always seen you here in my home as my lover and my wife, the mother of my children â but I want you to have your dreams, Lizzie.'
âMy dreams have all come true,' Lizzie said. âI'd like you to look after the business side of things and let me design and make beautiful hats â but to do it here, in my own home with my family about meâ¦'
âWe can have housekeepers and nannies, and people working in the shops and the workshops,' Sebastian said. âYou've had to work hard and I know things were difficult for you for a long time â now I want to take care of you. I want to give you the earthâ¦ to spoil you and Bettyâ¦'
âShe is already in seventh heaven,' Lizzie smiled up at him. âI was going to move in with Aunt Miriam â but now, if you don't mind, I'll offer her the chance to come hereâ¦'
âWe have plenty of room,' Sebastian said. âIt's a long time since this house really felt like home. I filled it with people and gave big parties, but I hated being here alone. When I got up this morning and saw you in my bed, and Betty putting her arms out to me to be picked up, I suddenly realized what was missing all those years.'
âWe'll make it a home together, Sebastian.'
âI was a fool to stay here alone with my ghosts for so longâ¦'
âWe both have ghosts to chase away,' Lizzie said and moved close enough to kiss him. âYou know most of mine, but I didn't know about yours until you told me yesterday â and I'm glad you have.'
âBring Aunt Miriam here if you want â Beth and her twins too if you like. The sooner this big house has a family to fill it the betterâ¦'
âBeth is married to her old love, but I'll ask her to visit often, because Betty loves the twins and Beth's like a sister to me.'
âThen she's my sister too, because I want to share everything with you â if you'll let me?'
âYes, my darling. We'll fill the house with love and laughter and people,' Lizzie said and looked up at him, her love flowing out to surround him and draw him into their own special place. âAnd the more of them that are children, the betterâ¦'
âAmen to that,' Sebastian said and from a room somewhere above them it seemed to Lizzie that for a moment she heard the sound of childish laughter and a rocking horse.
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First published in the UK in 2016 by Aria, an imprint of Head of Zeus Ltd
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