Arabella awoke as the light of day fought its way through the thick curtains. She tenderly rolled over, knowing that Sebastian had left her side hours ago. A deep sigh escaped her lips as they pulled back into a smile. It had been one of the most peaceful nights she had ever experienced, not a single nightmare, not even a single dream.
She rolled again, her feet met with the carpet and she made her way slowly to the wardrobe. Choosing a simple red empire gown with a black sash, she slipped off her nightshirt to change. Combing her fingers through her hair, she deemed herself presentable enough to at least leave the room for breakfast. She secretly hoped that Sebastian hadn't prepared anything yet; it had been too long since she last cooked a meal for herself.
Tiptoeing down the hall she opted to use the back staircase that led directly to the kitchen. Slowly and silently as possible she peered around the wall into the kitchen, in her mind she sighed in relief as there was no trace of S