Daddy's Here(90)

By: Lucy Wild

The wedding was attended by the cream of high society. Laura stood at the altar with Edward opposite her. He looked at her and smiled. She smiled back.

Glancing behind him, Edward looked around the church. Lord Rothsfield was on the front row. Beside him Maria was sucking her thumb, a doll in her lap. Behind the family sat the littles, all of them rigidly upright as they had been taught to sit. He felt his heart bursting with pride.

Having never expected to love again, Edward could hardly believe where he was. Opposite him stood the perfect little and the perfect partner.

In the six weeks since Laura had graduated as a little, she had thrown herself into decorations for the wedding, taking guidance from Mrs Flanders. Lord Rothsfield had barely been able to recognise his daughter when she came home. “I must thank you for your efforts,” he said, shaking Edward’s hand. “I would not know it was my daughter.”

“How is Maria?” Edward had asked in response.

“A different woman also. I do not know what you do up there but these two are getting on perfectly. There has not been a single raised voice and I was mightily afraid that would not be the case.”

“Good to hear.”

“You are a wonderful man Mr Westall. You do great work.”

“I charge a great amount so I suppose that is to be expected.”

The two of them had laughed and the laughter had continued ever since. Each time he visited his fiancée, he found her happy and when the wedding day came, he was glad for he had been impatient for it to arrive for some time.

After the wedding, he carried Laura into the carriage, Maria climbing in to serve as her lady in waiting during the honeymoon. That evening they were on a steamer heading for the continent and Edward looked at his new wife as she bent over his bed, her posterior ready for his hand. “I have been bad,” she said. “So bad, papa.”

“Have you?” he replied, undoing his trousers as he approached her. “Then as your papa, I must ensure you must receive a little punishment.”

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