Keiran cantered all the way.
He left over half an hour after Beatrix.
He arrived ten minutes after her.
‘Where is the Lady Beatrix?’ was his first question. He was directed to a drawing room. Up the stairs? Damn.
He took them two at a time. If only he could make it! Nearly there...
He entered the wrong door at first. A simple mistake. It could happen to anyone, at any time. But if he had entered the right door, if he had been riding faster, if he had woken earlier-
-it would have made all the difference.