Chapter 1: Pre-war Virginia (Part 2/4)
Upon their arrival in pre-war Virginia, Alfred was invited to the Blair family home for dinner by Peggy’s brother, who had served with him in Texas. It was evident that the Blairs held Alfred in high regard, not only for his military prowess but also for his distinguished lineage. The family was well aware of his ancestors, particularly the esteemed Oliver Wolcott.
As they sat down to a sumptuous meal, the conversation flowed easily. Peggy’s father, curious about Alfred’s military past, inquired about his days in the Mexican War and his wounds at the Battle of Cerro Gordo. Alfred’s cheeks flushed with embarrassment as he reluctantly recounted the events that had unfolded during that fateful battle.
His modesty endeared him even more to the Blair family, and it was clear to Peggy’s mother that Alfred’s thoughts were more preoccupied with Peggy than with his accolades. The unspoken bond between the young couple was evident to all, and the family couldn’t help but smile at the tender affection that seemed to blossom before their very eyes.
As the evening progressed, Peggy and Alfred excused themselves from the table, slipping away to the porch to watch the sunset in a symphony of colors. The air was warm and fragrant with the scent of jasmine, and the gentle hum of cicadas filled the night.
Meanwhile, Peggy’s brothers couldn’t help but sing Alfred’s praises in the drawing room. They shared stories of his bravery and acts of heroism, recounting tales they had heard during their time in Texas to their parents. Their admiration for Alfred was evident, and it was clear that the young officer had left a lasting impression on the Blairs.
On the porch, Peggy and Alfred shared a quiet moment, their hands entwined as they gazed at the fading sun. They spoke in hushed tones, their voices barely audible above the rustle of the breeze through the trees. They could not yet know of the looming threat of War, and the weight of their families’ expectations seemed to dissipate briefly, leaving only the tender connection that bound them together.
As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a warm glow on their faces, Peggy and Alfred shared a lingering kiss, sealing their devotion to one another. In that instant, they vowed to face the uncertain future together, their love a beacon of hope in the gathering storm.