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...

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7. It's love

It doesn't seem long ago since I held a new-born baby Charles in my arms. But now, already, my chubby little baby boy with beautiful blue sparkling eyes has started the crawl on the floor. These days, I have returned to knitting clothes for Charles while he crawls around my chair on the floor beside me.

 I spend most of my time nowadays this way, watching my little baby boy grow up slowly, but on the weekends, when William nor I are busy, we take Charles into the back rose garden, where William and

Charles can have some father-son time together, this normally involved playing, hide and seek, and William helping Charles to get up onto his toddler feet to walk around, while I get to enjoy the cool afternoon breeze ruffling through my hair and staring out at the horizon at the red sky and the setting sun.

Occasionally, I hear the playful gurgles and laughter of Charles, knowing that his father had probably picked him up and spun him around, or tickled him.

Days, weeks, months and beautifully spent seasons go by, and slowly, as Charles grows up from a 5 month old toddler to a 1 year old adorable baby, my feelings for William gradually grows too. 

Now, the way I look at William seems completely different to the first time I danced with him at the town hall, and it seems different from the time when I walked down the aisle with him. 

When I look at William now, it seems as if I feel a little more shy, and every time he returns my gaze, I blush bright red. 

When I think back to when this feeling started blooming inside me, I realize that this feeling wasn't a very long time ago, and I believe now that it started when I first conceived Charles, but grew a lot more since he was born. 

I think to myself that maybe my feelings started when I conceived Charles because I realized that it takes two to make a baby, that he was and is part of Charles.

And maybe, there is more to life as a Duchess than just producing offspring for William. 

And as the months that I was pregnant passed by slowly, I realized that no matter if the baby was a boy or girl, or if I had at first been forced upon this path of life as the Duchess, that the baby inside of me would be dearly loved by both me and William.

But the night when Charles was born, I finally realized and felt what it felt like to be a mother to a beautiful child. To have been able to hold him in my cradled arms, and to feel him grab hold of my finger, and his little fingers closing around it.

The moment I knew that I was going to be a mother to a baby scared me, but the first time that Charles and my eyes locked together, I knew that everything was going to be fine.

Seeing William and Charles spending time together, William playing with him, and the bond between them since the first moment that William saw him, was locked tightly, and automatic.

William clearly enjoys being a new father, and Charles enjoys the attention, and I love seeing them happy. 

And as I flash back through all the memories back into the present, and look into the blue horizons in the back rose gardens again, watching all the white puffs of clouds slowly sailing across the blue Atlantic ocean of the sky to the left, I realize that I'm not actually and entirely sure when these feelings of mine for William started developing, and I'm not sure how they developed so fast, but there is one thing that I am 100% sure about.

That these feelings of mine toward William are clearly and most positively one thing and one thing only.

 

Love.

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