Alexis and Stewart sat back down, quietly contemplating Nathan's story. "It's unfortunate that Mrs. Samson didn't realize her folly when she sent me to work in your house." Alexis sighed. "Unfortunate?" Nathan retorted, "I thought it was the luckiest thing in the world when you came. Even if you did bring your friends with you. I think you're the most beautiful woman I've ever met and I still care for you greatly. Will you ever forgive me?" During the last few words, Nathan's voice dropped to a whisper. They sat in an uncomfortable silence, unsure of what to say. "Well," Alexis said, ignoring his plea completely, "That's all I wanted to know. Mrs. Samson will either agree with or discredit your story." She stood. "This is goodbye forever Nathan. If there's a trial, I'll testify against you. Whether you're convicted or not, I don't care as long as you don't look for me. Let me live my life and stay away." Nathan looked mournfully at the table as Alexis and Stewart left the room. As soon as they were out, Stewart drew Alexis to him and asked, "Are you all right?" Alexis looked at him for a moment before giving him a small smile. "I am now."
Prologue: Nathaniel Evans was charged with kidnap, assault, and attempted rape. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison without bail.
Gregory got out of service and joined the British Army for excitement. He was deployed to West Africa and continued to reside there and study the local tribes after leaving the army.
Fred saved up enough money to move to America to try his fortune in New York. He met his wife, Katrina, there and they had two girls.
And, naturally, Alexis and Stewart were married, legally, when Alexis turned 21 and went to work in a large country estate. They decided not have children until they'd saved enough money for their own little house. Stewart, as head manager of the stable, was given a small cottage to live in with his wife.