James cares for his country. But he worries about Isobel and that stirred something inside of him which could stir something bigger in the country.

(It is set in the olden days incase that isn't clear in my writing haha, not quite sure what year, but somewhere waaaaay far back like in the 1400s :D)


13. 13.

"Shall I go side saddle, my dear?" I ask putting on a posh voice as we get to the horse.

He scowls. "Shut up."

I laugh. "Come on James, cheer up. I can't just stay here forever."

"You could though!" he says exasperated. "You can bring your family here now and we can stay!"

"It's not that easy!" I say calmly. "I've got a life back home, they're happy there despite my father and I like it there. It doesn't matter about my father, he's one small part of it. Other than that, it's perfect there."

It's the truth. I love it at home. Ignoring my father, it's really perfect even though it's shabby and small. Even with my father there, he only comes home for an hour a night to hit me when he's drunk and I'm so used to it I don't have to live in fear. In the day time, it's great. My mother cooks Ezra, Matilda and I breakfast and we all go take care of the animals. Sometimes Elijah comes over to help us or we go over to help his family. Then me and Elijah go on our favourite walk through the woods, usually on our own or sometimes we take Matilda and Elijah's little brother Casper and we all go swim in the lake and paddle in the stream. When we take them, we don't go to our favourite spot though, that's only for us. It's through a little opening in the woods and it's a few rocks overlooking the greenest valleys and bluest rivers. I love it at home and however nice it is here in the palace, I prefer roughing it out at the farm and being where I belong with the people I've loved all my life. 

He raises an eyebrow. "You're really happy there, aren't you?"

I smile and nod. "Yes."

He sighs and doesn't say a thing, he just lifts me up onto the horse and we begin the ride home.

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