4. Chapter 4
Once again I was back in the loud Grand room. My mother and father were still sitting by the fire with full glasses of champagne in hand. Though Mr.Barker was no were to be seen.
"Sweet heart are you okay? we're did you run off to?" how dare she act like nothing happened."I'm fine I just needed some air, were is Mr. Barker?" I side eye her.My father cut into the conversation " There was a fight with some of the servants working in the fields. Big commotion with production." This was the problem with the a Barker's farms every week in the paper there would be a story about some problem with there workers. My father has been worried this will affect our marriage agreement.
We sat down for dinner and neither Mr. Barker or James has shone. I wonder how bad the problem was. Did anyone get hurt? is Mr.Barker okay? is James okay? My mother side eyed me when she saw me picking at my chicken.
Guests were leaving and there was still no sign of them. Something must have happened. I resist getting myself all worked up over my own imagination. A maid stood by my side to take me to my room but I insisted on staying with my parents to wait for there return.
We sat for what felt like an eternity. I nearly began to drift off to sleep when James and Mr.Barker walked in. Both James and Mr. Barker's jackets and were ripped. James had bruises on his face and a cut on his lip. Mr. Barkers leg was bleeding. My chest was tight and and I couldn't believe what stood before me.
While my parents discussed what happened with Mr.Barker, I helped the maids tend to James. His knuckles were split and needed stitches. I couldn't bare to look as the maid but the needle threw. They disappeared at one point to clean up Mr.Barker. I washed the blood away from his hands. My hands were slightly shaking but I couldn't help it that I was scared for what comes next.He noticed and put his hands over mine stopping my shaky movements. I finally looked into his eyes and they stared back into mine. the electricity was so incredible. the tension massive. He quickly leaned in an kissed me. I dropped the rag I was using to clean him and rapped my arms around him. He held me to him. For an instance everything felt like nothing.