New York was even further from Derbyshire than Edinburgh, and he couldn't help worrying about Julia. He'd met his mother for pre-dinner drinks at the New Bath Hotel in Matlock, and she'd confirmed his suspicions that Hugh was liable to go back to his old ways completely, if Julia didn't conceive the child they both longed for. Julia needed to know she had somewhere to run to – or rather drive to – and that meant staying on the same side of the Atlantic as her. Even if she never took advantage of the opportunity, it had to be there. Edward had to be able to reach her easily as well. He dismissed New York from his plans.
[ETA:] In case anyone worries that Edward has forgotten his duties to his family, he's holding Rupert in the scene above, and his thoughts are mostly inspired by the urge to keep his son safe.
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