As she felt her body and mind go numb, Austin reached for her hand, bent over and gently kissed the center of her palm. His lips remained for a bit as Hayley searched desperately for something to say. He placed her hand over his heart as his head was bowed and his eyes were closed. Hayley heard a gasp escape his throat. She wondered if this would be the last time she would feel his gentle touch. Would she have only dreams of a life with him? As tears filled her eyes, he released her hand. Covering her face, she dropped to the ground. As the tears poured down her face, Austin rode away. Her hopes for a beautiful day had suddenly and completely crumbled around her.
Maddie searched for words, but finding none, she left the room.
“I will send someone by to gather you and your belongings.”
The bright rays of the sun stung Maddie’s eyes again as she watched Mrs. Sommers rush past the door and rush to her carriage. The sun, she now thought, was not the only thing that was overwhelming and irritating.
“I cannot believe you have waited until now to tell me!” Hayley squealed to Maddie, as she watched her lay her clothes into her travel bag.
“I will tell you what I shall do.” Maddie’s eyes brightened. “I will inform Mrs. Sommers that I will have a need of you to deliver messages to me from Mr. Lawrence.” She paused for a bit. “I will also, if necessary, send Mr. Sommers to deliver messages.” Hayley knew exactly to which Mr. Sommers Maddie was referring. She took the bag from Maddie. They gave each other a triumphant glance, as they left the room.
“Three o’clock!” She yelled, and did not turn to watch them leave.
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