Born After Betrayal

Sometimes you have to forgive, but never forget

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Chapter Thirty-Three

 “It’s the end of Harry’s third day in Canada today, and already officials are predicting a successful tour for the Prince. His arrival at Ottawa airport on Friday sparked endless excitement throughout the country and images were sent around the world of his son and daughter, Alexander and Elizabeth. After a day of rest yesterday, today Harry visited the Canadian ministry of defence to promote The Invictus Games, a type of Olympics reserved for ex-servicemen. The Prince’s girlfriend, Lily Barlow, who has accompanied him to Canada to be with the twins, attended with him, showing her support for her boyfriend’s work.

The hum of the television echoed quietly into the silent room, the sharp Canadian accent of the journalist ringing in Lily’s ears as she stared unseeingly at the photos of her and Harry on the screen, the summary of the day, Harry’s engagement, her presence, touching on everything from her shoes to her handshake, from her emotional hugs to her wave to the waiting crowds.

Their living room was deadly still, the television sending light flickering over the sofa and the full moon outside casting a pool of silver light onto the carpet. Neither of them had drawn the curtains, Lily had been about to when the phone had rang, when Harry’s phone had rang, not the room’s phone, not the butler asking whether there was anything they needed, anything they wanted. They’d called down before for some kitchen roll – Ellie hadn’t been feeling cooperative when they’d tired to feed her earlier – and they’d been about to phone down for dinner, when William had called.

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"Time to dip your toe into the deep end. Try things. Say hi already. Laugh a lot. Mess up. Apologize. Mess up again. Hug people. Take chances. Trust yourself. Lose things. Get over it. Hold your friends close. Gather your strength. Gain wisdom and beautiful stories. Be brave, and you’ll have the time of your life.”

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