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remarked to his brother Sebastian, "you
can certainly be discerning. Society's
ladies do tend to follow you about."
they tend to moon after you,” Sebastian
to charm the opposite sex certainly
seems to be in the blood, doesn't
to ignore Justin’s sarcastic
reference to their mother's infidelities. "In
my case, it's the title they want.
The money. Which reminds me--" he
raised a brow "--isn't it
time you considered taking a bride
into laughter. "Discharge
yourself of such a notion at once!"
the chance to make his brother
squirm. "Perhaps if you'd
stayed at the Heddington's, some
nice young lady might have caught
eyes gleamed. "I far prefer
wicked to nice. But tell me--did
someone ask after me?"
even once. Frankly, I found the
day passed rather pleasantly. Arabella
and I chatted for a long time.
She's quite bright."
to Grace, whose sister Catherine
married a vicar."
was no more. "The vicar's
child?" he demanded.
little girl with all the vibrant
red hair. I thought it sweet that
she insisted on greeting everyone
and learning their names."
you say? I daresay, the vicar's
child is a devil's child!" He
ignorance. "Oh, come now.
A minx, no more. I daresay in a
few years, she'll blossom into
a proper young woman who'll take
the ton by storm."
disagreed. "I would hardly
call her a minx! Nor will she ever
be proper! She was crawling around
on the ground with some of her
friends, playing some game. Then
the bratling took a hatpin and
stuck me through the shoe!"
you should have worn boots." Sebastian
smothered a grin. "But tell
me, is that why you were limping
when you left?"
straight it is! I did my best to
avoid her but she saw my horse
and came running."
a truce, then."
Justin snorted. "Far
from it. And wouldn't you know
it, the Dowager Duchess of Richmond
had her eye trained on us. Dear
sweet Arabella offered me her hand
to kiss, so I had no choice but
to follow through. The damned bratling
fisted her fingers and shoved her
knuckle into my nose with all her
might! I vow it may well be broken!" Gingerly
he felt it.
vastly amused. "A female who
disdained your kiss. A rare species,
himself a worthy opponent. "Indeed.
Well, I do hope your choice of bride
is a bit more advanced in years than