A Tale of Love and War

Rose Burton-Hall is the daughter of a rich English army commander. Her life is glittering until world war two hits Britain and her father and brothers are enlisted. While they are fighting Rose's life changes and she finds solace in Jack. Together they embrace the moto carpe diem; seize the day, and embark on a furious but secret love affair with consequences that mean that Rose's life can never return to how it used be.
After nearly four months the story is finally finished! Please bear with me the first few chapters I promise it does get better. Please let me know what you think, I haven't had any feedback and would really appreciate some! :) xxx


25. Whirlwind of chaos

"It's just a case of when they will come." The following morning and the words were still echoing around inside my head. My brain wouldn't process them properly, I should've felt angry or scared, instead I felt nothing. I was numb, like someone had sterilised my heart of every emotion, yet even through that I knew I would feel better if only I had Jack here. And that was when it occurred to me, I could write to him. I knew his regiment and the office that I needed to send it to. The solution to everything seemed to be right before my eyes in that moment so I picked up a pen and began to write.

  Dear Jack,
     I have so much to tell you. Firstly my father is alive after all! But his is going to be taken away from us and I don't know what they will do to him - he told the Germans some information when he was captive there and has been found out. I wish you were here, I can feel our baby move inside me and I wish you could be here to feel it. I don't know how much longer I can hide it, any bigger and the corset that's pulling me in won't be able to do up. I'm scared that someone will find out.
 I love you and I miss you.

I posted the letter that afternoon, desperate for a reply as soon as possible but knowing that I could be waiting a week if he was still in England let alone if he'd been posted abroad! In the mean time I stopped working at the farm, it was now winter so Mr Down's didn't have much to do. I was glad to stay home as I was worried that the men might come to take Father away at any moment. The hours seemed to drag by as I spent every moment listening for that knock on the door.
 When it did come a few days later I leapt out of my chair in the living room where I was reading a book without much success due to my divided attention, only to reach the hallway and see mother letting James and William in. Relief flooded through my veins at seeing my brother here and not soldiers or policemen, but also because I felt so much safer with them around.
"Where's Father?" William demanded immediately.
"Upstairs." I replied, we had decided that there was no point in hiding him in the cottage any longer now.
"Thank god we beat them here." Breathed James relievedly and rushed up the stairs with William hot on his heels. Mother and I didn't see them for the rest of the day or much at all in the days that followed, unwilling to disturb them when they would clearly be discussing possible plans for when the soldiers did come. I didn't much notice the passing of days until a small brown envelope was slipped through the door with my name and address scrawled across it in Jack's distinctive handwriting.
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