It has been two years, he realises, staring at the date. Not two years since she died, but two years since the phone call, and then the shock, the disbelief and the early morning drive to the hospital. This time last year he’d been drowning his sorrows in whiskey and a good fuck. Ashamed, the morning after, to imagine her face.
The anniversary of her death had been spent sober, calling the boys, listening to them cry, reliving and remembering and working until his eyes could hardly focus.
Characters: William De Lancey/Arthur Wellesley, Arthur Wellesley/Kitty Wellesley
Summary: At the end of Chapter 15, Laura has written to Arthur.
Author’s Notes: Cut scene from the end of Chapter 15, which deals with Kitty’s death, grief and Arthur coping badly in slightly self-destructive ways.