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When Emma entered the door, she slammed it shut startling all the servants that were bustling around the entrance hall before she collapsed to the ground, her body shaking, and Emma started weeping. Curling up into a ball on the ground by the door.

Bella hurried over with Megan, they both helped their mistress, taking her to her room, Emma was still crying, trying to fight the maids as they tried getting her to calm down so that they can undo her dress.

”Miss! What happened? ”

”Never. Permit Lord Roland to come into our home, ” Emma spoke with a quiet voice as tears stopped streaming down her face.

”We understand, miss. But please, tell us what happened, it hurts us to see you in such distress. ”

”He… he tried forcing himself upon me, hence the ripped dress. ”

Both Megan and Bella cried out in outrage.

”We must tell master! ”

”No! Absolutely not- ”

”Tell me what? ”

Emma, Bella and Megan all looked at the door where Alexander was peaking into the room, face screwed up with worry as he watched Emma plaster a smile and shake her head.

”Theres nothing wrong- ”

”Don . Lie to me. ”

Emma started breaking down again, ”I didn do anything. I s-swear! He-he tried touching me. ”

Alexander felt his fury rise and walked over, and hugging her trying to comfort her.

”He-ripped my dress. And then tried pinning me down. ”

Alexander brought her head to his chest and placed a kiss on the top of her head, dismissing the maids so that they can go get Emma something to eat. Alexander then kneeled in front of Emma gently holding her hands, noting the bruises and scratches. Gritting his teeth in anger.

Emma gently stroked Alexanders hands, ”Love, please, calm down. I am alright now. ”

”No. I failed to protect you. ”

Emma smiled down at Alexander, ”There is nothing to be sorry for, I know you, you would try and apologize for just not being there. I didn know that he would do that. ”

It then clicked in Alexanders head, his eyes widened and he looked up at her in mortification.

”Stanley Roland? He tried touching you? ”

Emma looked down, her face burning with shame, she nodded. Alexnder tried getting up, she hung onto him, hugging him and not relinquishing a little bit of pressure.

Alexander hugged her tight, ”Everything will be alright. Do you want to press charges or do you want to tell anyone? ”

”I don want to do either. I am fine now, can we just go down and eat some food please? ”

Alexander ignored the frustration in his heart and smiled, putting a hand around her waist and walking her down to the dining room. Where Megan and Bella were just putting the food on the table.

Megan pulled out a chair for Emma, ”Are you feeling slightly better miss? ”

”Yes, yes I am. Thank you, both of you. You guys can go rest for the evening, ” Emma then looked at Alexander in shock, ”Can you go and call Mr Roland to say that he is uninvited to our outing on Friday? ”

Alexander nodded and went over to the phone by the door, he dialled the number before conversing shortly and abruptly, adding and then setting down the receiver with a tight grip.

”All done for you, ” Alexander said with a small smile.

”Thank you very much for your support. ”

”No need for thanks, I love you. ”

Emma smiled whilst looking into Alexanders eyes, gaze overflowing with warmth.

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