“Are you happy?” Margery asked quietly as she snuggled next to Nathaniel. He pulled her closer but didn’t answer. “You seem so… troubled lately. Is it something I’m doing?” she persisted.

“No, Mags, I couldn’t be happier with you and I love our children,” he replied after several moments of silence.

“Then what’s wrong?” she asked softly. “Is it work? Is something wrong there?”

“You know I love my work and the boys’ studies are coming along amazingly well. They’re more than ready to start school.”

“Is it because the boys are going so far away?” she asked. “Tell me what you want, Nat.”

He kissed her forehead gently and shook his head. “Only for you, Emery and Miles to be safe and happy,” he whispered. “Only that.”