A bite-size piece of my first novel – Defining Moments
Defining Moment 4 – For Richer, Not Poorer
“Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.”
As Elizabeth continued to stalk possible husbands in Debrett’s, Fergus’s enjoyment of London life was about to come to an end. His father, Alistair, whilst out hunting with the V.W.H., suffered a massive heart attack and died whilst still in the saddle. Fergus would later say that his father died doing something he loved and during the thrill of the chase. His much loved old cob, Badger, with his docked tail, stayed with Alistair after he finally slid out of the saddle, standing by his body whinnying and pounding the ground with his front legs, until members of the hunt supporters raised the alarm. It was a tragic scenario, which left Fergus parentless, but a very wealthy young man and the owner of a 1000-acre estate in Gloucestershire, Silkwoods.
London’s bush telegraph had been rife about the demise of Fergus’s father and his untimely death on the hunting field. A higher frequency buzz was also being circulated at certain social gatherings reporting that despite the Grant’s of Silkwoods not being listed in either Burkes or Debrett’s, Fergus was one of the most eligible bachelors around.
Elizabeth may or may not have heard the beat of the jungle drum social media and what they were saying about Fergus, but they just happened to bump into each other outside Fergus’s office in the city, her perfectly exfoliated body crumbling into his as they collided. As Elizabeth’s finishing school was in W1 and Fergus’s office in Leadenhall Street, she was more than just a little out of her way.