Enlightenment series (bonus 3.5)
Haunted by memories of David Lauriston, Lord Murdo Balfour seeks out distraction in the form of an anonymous encounter at Kit Redford’s discreet club.
This short story was written as a free bonus story for readers and is intended to be read after the full trilogy – it contains spoilers for book one to three. It is exclusively available to newsletter subscribers.
It’s April 1822 and two years have passed since Lord Murdo Balfour was last in Edinburgh; two years since he met low-born lawyer, David Lauriston. Back then, Lauriston’s naïve idealism and self-loathing provoked Murdo’s scorn, yet Murdo has not been able to forget him.
When Murdo is asked by his father to return to Edinburgh for the King’s forthcoming Scottish visit, his memories of his last time in the city are stirred up again. Frustrated by his inability to forget Lauriston, he decides to seek refuge in an anonymous encounter at Kit Redford’s discreet establishment. But will Murdo find the oblivion he seeks at Kit’s, or something else entirely?