Ch. 24 (PG-D): Sacrifice

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"Somerset: A Time to Love", Ch. 24 (PG-D): Sacrifice, December 17, 2017 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1125 & on Wattpad)

("Somerset: A Time to Love" is an original contemporary romance copyrighted by Gratiana Lovelace, 2017;  All rights reserved) [(1) story cover, left]

Author's Dramatic Content Note: I write romantic love stories for adults, aged 18 and older. So most of the chapters will be PG-13 due to mature themes (M), or dramatic moments (D). And some of the chapters have romantic and sensual, but not explicit, love scenes that I will label as (L),and such. So if you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide, then please do not read that chapter. This is my disclaimer.

Additional Disclaimer: The Wiki and other reference links that I cite contain general information merely to allude to a place, person, concept/theory/belief, history, or artifact, etc. This story is a work of fiction, and people and their thoughts and actions are figments of my imagination and should not be taken as real or as fact. And though the general backgrounds of the characters and the story's contextual setting involve mentions of the Christian religion—with an Anglican/Episcopal focus—this story is a romance, not a religious tract.

[And from time to time, I will illustrate my story with my dream cast of: Richard Armitage as Prof. Benedict Somerset, Jennifer Ehle as Laura Leicester, Loretta Devine as Connie Velasquez, John Lithgow as Seminary President Maynard Casten, and Jane Alexander as his wife Portia Casten, Charles Dance as Benedict's father Edward Somerset, Helen Mirren as Benedict's Mother Elizabeth Somerset, Dawn French as Benedict's elder sister Alexandra Somerset Solsbury, James Nesbit as Benedict's elder brother Edmund Somerset, Chris Pine as Laura's younger brother Steve Leicester, Max Charles as 5 yr old Caleb Somerset, and others as noted.]

Author's recap from the previous chapter: The siblings and in-laws met—Laura and Lexi, and Benedict and Steve—they split up to get to know each other better. Lexi is particularly enamored of Laura's heirloom tri-color gold locket necklace. Whilst Laura's brother Steve is interested in insuring that Laura will be financially secure should her marriage to Benedict breakup. But then, Lexi and Benedict receive calls from their family with devastating news. Duke Edward's leg has been crushed and his little five year old grandson Caleb is grievously injured as well.

"Somerset: A Time to Love", Chapter 24 (PG-D): Sacrifice

The private plane that Benedict was able to charter to take them from Chicago, Illinois to his injured father and nephew in London, England this night of Wednesday April 24th has VIP class accommodations--including sleeping rooms and full bathroom showering facilities attached to them. However Lexi, Benedict, and Laura can't envision sleeping. So the three of them each lie back quite comfortably in the reclining seats—with Benedict having again urged both Lexi and Laura to try to get some sleep, however impossible they all think it will be.

And with Benedict and Laura sitting cozily together on a wider love seat lounger like plane seat, she nestles in to him and dozes off. And Benedict finds comfort in her warm soft form cuddling to him. He is grateful that Laura insisted upon joining him. He is not an emotionally needy man. Benedict's self enforced solitude and refraining from any personal relationships the last fifteen years was a personal sacrifice that he didn't realize that he was making—until Laura came into his life.

As Benedict lays his cheek upon the top of his slumbering Laura's head lying upon his chest and pullling the blanket up higher over them—with his arms holding her fast to him—Benedict feels a sense of peaceful calm descend upon him. His faith has always been a calm place in the face of any storm. But those troubles had been artificial, now that he thinks about it—people resisting inevitable change (such as revised prayer books), judgmental Bishops, or derisive future brother-in-law, etc. Yet, Benedict is not deterred, and he smiles as he gently strokes his sleeping Laura's back.

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