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

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20. Wistful rejection

*sorry the next chapter has been so long; I'm on holiday and it's impossible to get signal*

Jack was here, for real, he was in my arms and ... he had just broken a man's nose!
"Jack, you're going to be in so much trouble ... his nose."
"He won't tell anyone, because he knows that if he does I'll tell everyone why." He reassured confidently.
I nodded knowing he was right and hugged him still tighter.
"How... Why are you here?" I had to ask, it all seemed too good to be true.
"I got leave, it's been almost three months since I left and I miss you."
"Jack," I said hardly knowing what to say, "I-I-I'm ....... pregnant."
His eyes grew huge and he held me at arms length looking me up and down. "I, marry me Rose, let's not wait, if I get killed and you're an unmarried mother then you'll be an outcast forever, I couldn't do that to you, marry me."
I looked into his pleading eyes, emotion running through the depth of their colour, and wanted so much to say yes.
 "I can't," I whispered. "Mother won't allow it, she'll make me have one of those backstreet abortions and she'll stop me marrying you too."
"She doesn't have to know, we'll elope, run away and be happy together."
"It'll kill her, she's only just started to recover since Father died." I knew in my heart that with both me and Father gone she would lose the will to live.
"She seems fine tonight, I passed her on my way out here."
"I know, I don't know what has gotten into her recently, she was a wreck up until now and suddenly she's so much better." I shook my head. "But Jack honestly, you didn't see her before, I thought she would die cooped up in her room refusing to eat."
He looked so downhearted but I could tell he understood why I couldn't say yes. "Think on it," he told me, "if you change your mind let me know, I'll love you forever Rose, my offer will stand the test of time."
 I smiled wistfully, "I wish I could Jack, honest to God I do." I dropped his hand and started back towards the ballroom, "I'll see you tomorrow, at the farm." she said before adding "and thank you, thank you for saving me."
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