The Two Sides Of Royalty

It is the year 1910, and Jane May has been arranged to be married to the Duke of Dorset on her 16th birthday. She understands that this experience will change her life forever, changing her status from a normal teenager in the 19th century to the Duchess of Dorset, but she wants the best of both worlds: to keep her 2 year relationship with her lover, Edward, but at the same time, to marry William. She has wanted royalty from a young age, but knows that by marrying the Duke, she will not be able to see Edward.
Unfortunately, she does not have the choice to decide the path of her life, and so life of a Duchess begins. She adores the privacy, William, and the expensive dresses she receives, but she also has to keep her secret: sneaking out to see Edward. As her life as the Duchess of Dorset goes on, she finds that William is not the perfect Duke, or the prince of her dreams. He has some dark secrets too...


16. Confrontation

The next morning I wake up, not understanding how or why.

Then the noise hits me again.

Making love. AGAIN.

I get up and change, and take a walk to the living room outside my door.

Some minutes later, William and Victoria walk out, looking completely innocent, though I see Victoria's expression.

Thrilled. Excited. Happy. Accepted. 

"Jane, can I speak to you in private, please?" William asks me quietly.

He walks towards his room, and I follow him.

"Do you want me to give Charles a sibling?" I ask, confused why he conjured me.

"No, I do not wish that. "

"Victoria is carrying my baby." William says, looking me in the eye.

"So I want you to help her get ready for when she delivers. She is early yet, but the date has been set quite soon." William tells me, and I realise I have no choice but to agree.

As he turns around to walk out of the door, I ask him something that even I am surprised to have asked.

"Why are you so cold towards me now?" I ask him bravely.

He stills suddenly and I fear that he will hit me.

"Why am I being so cold to you?!" he repeats the question angrily.

"Jane, I am not being cold to you. Do you know what you did? Do you remember? You are lucky that I have not punished you harder!" he shouts.

"Don't you think that I have been punished enough? Spending three days without a husband, while he goes out to find another woman to make Duchess, and I am locked up worrying about you? Do you realise that I have had no say in this matter in the slightest? This is unfair William, even considering what I have done." I say, my anger bubbling too.

"You dare to confront me? After the rouble you have caused?" he seethes.

"I know, William, and I am more sorry than you know." I beg.

"It is no use anymore. You have no role to play, and Victoria is now my lover." says William, turning away from me again.

"William, please! I just want it back the way it was before." I whisper, my voice all of a sudden hoarse.

"That will never happen again, Jane, it is the past. This is the future, and you shall live it that way. Go and do what I say, now." William says, opening the door for me.

I sniff and wipe away the tears from my face, but do as he says.

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