Twenty three

Three weeks later ->

The engagement party went differently from how William earlier wanted it to be. I discouraged him from making it a surprise party, reminding him just how much Ashley hated surprises. I also told him her favourite colour was purple and would always pick a lace fabric over a silk fabric any day.

At first, William was sceptical about my wanting to help, but I shrugged it off and told him it was no big deal and, honestly, it wasn’t. I’ve seriously surprised myself at the level of control and composure I’ve had in all of this and every day it increases.

Sure, Ashley pushes my button from time to time, throwing herself at William while I’m present, touching him in ways that are inappropriate and sometimes unbearable to watch without having a bleeding heart, but I don’t let her get to me.

Arthur has been with me, too. Yes, I should have broken things with him off, but he confessed he’d cheated on me by making out with a random girl on his nineteenth birthday three wee
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