A Tale of Two Choices

An hour later, there was a crash of music as "God Save Our Queen" began, the sign that festivities were about to commence. Everyone stood to attention in the opulent ball room in silent respect for that great institution that was the Monarchy.

As the last notes of the anthem finished, almost immediately a Strauss waltz began.

Etiquette demanded that Edmund, as guest of honour and host, was to lead the dancing. The first dance would be his and his partner's alone.

Edmund cast his eyes around the room and chose to dance with...