Masquerades are frivolous, scandalous-' 'Scandalous?' 'People in costume lose their minds completely. The 'ladies, ' if there are any, have been known to be free with their favors and dampen their gowns to make them more transparent-' 'I did bring a bowl of water, in case you wished to blend with the masses.
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Be thankful all she did was raise her voice, " Mr. Blackpool told Sarah conspiratorially. "During the ride to London, I had to talk her out of scaling up the townhouse walls, should the door go unanswered." She had to hide her smile at the image of flamboyant Mrs. Blackpool climbing row houses like a circus monkey. "We are fortunate indeed that such measures did not prove necessary.
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She turned to him with wide, shocked eyes. "Why did he... " His lips twitched. No coarse language in front of the infants limited the ability to discuss the fountain of baby piss that had just arced halfway across the room. "Twasn't you, darling. It's one of their favorite bath-time games. "Something about the cool air on their naked... berries, " he substituted at the last second... "Do I have piddle in my hair?" she whispered, her eyes sparkling with laughter above her flushed cheeks. "Not much, " he assured her with a straight face. "You look almost becoming."... "Decades from now, when our children ask how I fell in love with their mother, I'll say 'twas her sweet, gentle compliments during bath-time, and her fleetness of foot whilst dodging a flow of -
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I do consider it my responsibility to know everything there is to know about anything that could be considered my domain. I believe I am quite adept at the management of people and events.' His green eyes twinkled. 'You've certainly managed me since the day I was born.' 'I was but three years old when you were born, ' she protested. 'I didn't start managing you for at least another year.
He leaned back. 'What, may I ask, is the nature of our business?' She inclined her head. 'Just so. It came to my attention earlier today that you had canceled the seventy-fifth annual Christmas Eve ball. I would have called upon you immediately, but I'm afraid a prior engagement tied my hands until this very moment.' He tried to make sense of her words. She was apologizing for not descending upon him more promptly for a meeting he'd never in his wildest dreams anticipated?
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My butler informs me you had a book on your person when you came to call.' She did not look up. 'His vision is excellent, my lord.' 'Was it your journal?' he pressed. He wondered if she kept a diary as well... and what she might write about him. He hoped something scandalous. He'd love to make it come true.
Have you considered-between now and any future leg-shackling, that is-the possibility of spending some time not running things?' 'Oh, I do, ' she said earnestly. 'Twice daily! I try very hard not to run things in my sleep, nor whilst cleaning my teeth. Far too difficult to bark orders with tooth powder in one's mouth.
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Lord Sheffield tucked a stray tendril behind her ear and cupped her cheek in one hand. 'Do you see a kissing ball anywhere?' 'N-no.' She darted a quick glance about the room. It was decorated as a Venetian masquerade, not as a Christmastide celebration. There was no holly to be found. 'Why do you ask?' 'Because I don't want you to think I have any reason for doing this other than because I wish to.
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