Part 1, February 28 Summary
Ashton agrees with Sophie, writing that Stark's going to Australia is surprising, but Langley would steadily have drunk himself to death in the rest home if someone had not gone to stop him. Though she loves Stark dearly, Ashton feels rather liberated knowing that he is so far away for now.
For the past three weeks, Reynolds has been persistent in his attention to her, and Ashton finds herself always waiting for Stark to discover them, although they certainly have not been in hiding. Stark has made it clear that he does not like Reynolds, calling him “aggressive and unscrupulous," but Ashton is a grown woman and can socialize with anyone she chooses.
Aside from always being on the lookout for Stark, Ashton...
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