Felicity's parents were not pleased that she was walking around on her ankle, but after having the doctor examine it and say that it was healed they allowed her to ride again. Felicity was very pleased with this. She rode Penny for the better part of the day, up until it was time for dinner.
At dinner time, Felicity did not dare to glance over at Ben. She felt she could not control her emotions, and that her eyes would give her away. Instead, she stared at her food the entire time and barely said a word to anyone. She was so preoccupied with her thoughts and feelings that she barely heard a word anyone else said.
Ben was preoccupied as well. He found it very difficult to look away from Felicity. He was bewitched, and he knew that he was in love with her.
After dinner, Ben retreated to his loft. Felicity was on her way to bed when he father stopped her. "Lissie, my dear, what is it that is troubling you?"
"You are lying, Lissie."
Felicity sighed, but did not say anything.
"Would a certain young lad in the stables have anything to do with this?" Mr. Merriman asked. Felicity looked up at him with a surprised look. "Don't think I haven't noticed, Felicity."
"We are very good friends..."
"I have seen the way he looks at you, Lissie. He does not see you as merely a friend. There is love in his eyes."
Felicity could not say anything, but her heart swelled at this.
"Ben is a very respectable young man, Lissie. If you love him, as I believe you do, you ought to tell him."
With that, Edward Merriman kissed his daughter and wished her goodnight before retiring.
Felicity went to bed with a lot on her mind, and could not sleep. She was indeed in love with Ben, but was afraid of telling him. What if her father was wrong? What if Ben did only see her as a sisterly type?
But she could not take it anymore. She had to go and find out. She jumped out of bed and hurried down to the stables, where collided with Ben. "Oh, Ben, I'm so sorry! I shouldn't have been running so fast."
"It's quite alright. Looking to sneak off on another night ride?"
"No. Not exactly..."
"Is something troubling you?"
Felicity looked down and nodded. Why should I feel so nervous? she thought.
"I am conflicted as well." His heart quickened as he took Felicity's face in his hands and looked at her. "Felicity, you must know. I can't keep my feelings from you any longer. And if I was right in sensing that you were disappointed this morning when Nan interrupted my attempt to kiss you, then you feel the same way." At that, Felicity did not try to suppress herself from displaying her emotions. "I was interrupted twice before, and I don't intend to let any interruptions stop me from kissing you this time."
Felicity's pulse quickened and her stomach started doing flips as their lips finally met in a wonderfully magical way.