the news had been a shock to elodie. a most unwelcome shock at that. elodie had always known it was coming. she'd known since she was a child that one day her parents would choose a suitable and advantageous match for her. it didn't mean she was at all excited about it though. the man was eleven years her senior, greedy, unkind and he felt grimy. the few chaperoned meetings elodie had had with him had left her feelings dirty. his eyes had raked her body hungrily and it had taken everything in her not to bolt out of the room and away from it all. but elodie was too afraid to go against her parents, regardless of how nervous her fiancee made her and the fact her heart lied with someone else.
not that elodie had ever told charles as much.
still, she made sure to feign a slight cough in order to head to her rooms early and away from the festivities of her engagement. instead of heading to her room, however, elodie ducked out of the estate, heading to a secluded corner among the trees. her dress brushed along the grass as she made her way to the unusual meeting spot. once upon a time they'd been able to meet closer to the house but now with all of the people about, they had to get more creative. elodie smiled as she came upon charles, his back to her as he sat on the grass. coming up behind him, elodie knelt down, hands finding his shoulders and her lips finding his cheek. "i like this new spot,"
she told him thoughtfully as she came around to sit beside him, shoulder barely brushing his as she looked up at the stars.