when he becomes angry." finished Genevieve not daring to glance up into his eyes for fear she would melt against their warmth.
"But Genevieve, the only way you are ever going to be able to help your brothers is if you break away from your father and become stable on your own. Once we reach London and are married we can save up enough money and we can come back and get your brothers. They can come live with us in London." Ethan said as he gently lifted her chin until she was looking directly into his eyes. "Trust me, I know how important your brothers are to you and I would do anything to make you happy. As soon as we can we will come back and get your brothers. They can come back with us and you will all be safe from your father. My father has even agreed to give us some money to help us get started in London which will allow us to get them sooner." Ethan said, his tone revealing his true desire to make her happy.
"I believe you Ethan and I know you speak the truth. I love you and I will come. I love my brothers also and I know that when I explain everything to them they will be willing to help me leave so that I may come back and get them," stated Genevieve. Standing up, she turned to Ethan and said, "I must go back now and talk to my brothers before dinner, but I will meet you here again in two days time. Continue to make preparations, and when we meet then we will decide on when we shall leave and finalize our plans."
"Genevieve, I can hardly wait till we leave and I can show you all the treasure your father has neglected to show you. I will make everything perfect!" exclaimed Ethan. Leaning towards her he quickly kissed her and stepping back again said, "I will meet you here in two days time and I shall have everything planned. Now go and talk to your brothers. I will see you soon." As he finished this last statement, he took off around the pond running down the trail leading toward his manor, no doubt already busily making plans in his head.
Gathering her skirt Genevieve began to make her way home slowly, using the time decide on what she would bring and how she would tell her brothers the news. As she passed back through the tunnel and came back around to the front of the tree she heard the laughter of her brothers not far off.
Pausing only briefly, she inhaled deeply and called out to them in a voice loud enough for them to hear "Gregory, William, Simon come here. I need to talk with you about something."