Georgiana and Fitzwilliam were delighted to have Darcy and Elizabeth home with their bouncing baby boy. The newlyweds had soon monopolised the newest Darcy, taking it in turns to coo over the delightful infant.
Darcy was overjoyed to be home at Pemberley with his dear family; he kept an eye on his wife – worried that she may be very tired after their long journey. She had such a delightful way of alleviating his fears through her kindnesses and witty banter.
Elizabeth had soon convinced him that she had made a full recovery from her post-partum fever and Edward was growing bigger and healthier every day. They settled into a comfortable routine at Pemberley, delighted to be so close to Charles and Jane's home – and to have Georgiana and Richard as their guests.
The next month, the sun peeked through the Spanish oaks and the charming scene was bathed in warm, dappled light.
Elizabeth stood beside her husband, their small baby boy sleeping contentedly in her arms. Anne and Richard – both cousins delighted to be godparents – stood on the other side of the font.
Henry Tilney cleared his throat and the small chapel's congregation opened their prayer books. Georgiana sat with Catherine beside their other newly married friends– Tom and Susan.
Henry did the honours of christening baby Edward Charles Darcy in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Darcy and Elizabeth exchanged glowing smiles as the sign of the cross was traced on their bundle of joy's small forehead.
Darcy then kissed them both, knowing that - whatever the price – he would always cherish them.