Oh, dear! I forgot to sign up for today’s HDH. But never mind, here is a short excerpt from my WIP Defying Leviticus
Last week, George had found Will in the solar. After their heart o heart chat…George tells Will that Edward wishes to see him after super. William is horrified and desperately hopes he is not about to be dismissed. Nor does he want to disgrace himself by letting his feelings for Edward show.
Here is Will on his way to Edwards study.
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It was while he was making his way to Edwards’s workroom, that another thought assailed him. What he supposed, if he was about to be dismissed and sent back home? But this was his home now, and he badly wanted to stay and he would do whatever it would take to remain here. Oh God, he prayed please do not let him send me away.As he sent up his request to the Lord, he found himself outside Edward’s door. He now sent up another prayer to swiftly follow the last, please Lord let me not disgrace myself now and do not let him guess what I feel.
As his prayers were hopefully winging their way to Heaven, William took several deep, fortifying breaths before knocking for admittance on the oak panelled door. Heart pounding and hands shaking, he swallowed hard, and applied his knuckles to the wood.
A voice called for him to enter with one word. ‘Yes!’
William lifted the latch and pushed open the door, and stepping into the chamber, he was immediately aware of how bright the room was with lighted candles in wall sconces, on the writing table and, in the window embrasure more candles flickered and burned.
And there, standing with his back to the fire, and dressed from head to foot in unrelieved black was Edward. Closing the door behind him, William stood for several seconds wondering what to do next. Then Edward spoke, and it was with the same soft and pleasant voice he remembered.
‘William, please, come in and sit down’, he said, indicating a chair by the fire, and as William did so, Edward crossed the room and went to the writing table on which was a pewter flagon and lifting it he proceeded to fill the two goblets which stood near. He handed one of these cups to William,