Love and War

Bonnie can't help but think life would be so much easier if she didn't have to make choices. If she didn't have to choose between family or a future. If she didn't have to choose between Eli or Alfie. If she didn't have to choose between success or loyalty. If she didn't have to choose between one kind of love of the other.

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2. Two

Alfie and I walk along the market, picking up different foods to eat that we wouldn't usually be allowed if the maids were sent to get them. I would never break the rules on my own, but with Alfie it's okay.

"So." he turns to me, smiling. "What do you want to do for your birthday?" 

I sigh. "It's not about what I want. It's about inviting lots of business partners and other people I don't know over and having a great big ball."

He laughs, heartily. "Oh come on, that's inevitable. But you and I can do something, right?"

I shrug. "I guess so."

He has a glint in his eye. "We could go explore the city a bit more."

"Our parents don't let us anywhere else in the city." I say, deadpan. Then I realise that he is yet again breaking the rules and I grin. "Would we get away with that?" 

He grins back. "I don't see why not."

"What do we do when we get there?" I ask, curiously. "Just walk around?" 

"We will go to a party."

"I thought we were avoiding a party."

"No, silly." he chuckles. "A real party, the kind we'll never be allowed to have."

I imagine it. Lots of shouting and singing and dancing and drinking, everything I read in books. Then I imagine myself actually being there and it's terrifying. I wouldn't know what to do. My parents have always shielded me from things like that. It'd be embarrassing. But Alfie is looking at me with so much excitement and it's making me feel willing to take a risk.

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