An Improper Proposal by Patricia Cabot

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So we all up-anchored and went with him, and as we were coming out again from the solicitors' offices, 'e heard some screaming, and saw that there was a great row outside this inn across the street. A woman—Miss Whitby, as turned out—was being shanghaied by some galley rats, and so of course we went to help her. ” The old woman raised her lorgnette to get a better look at Payton. “Well, there happened to be a bagatelle table in the inn—” “Of course,” the old lady said. “A bagatelle cue. How stupid of me.

When she actually raised her gaze to lock Drake in the eye—and she had to tilt her chin up pretty far to do so, since he was so outlandishly tall, taller even than her brothers, and they had been considered giants in some of the distant lands they'd visited—all rational thought fled, and she could only stare. Leaning casually against one of the bedposts, Drake had folded his arms across his chest, and was locking down at her with a smile playing at the corners of his wide, expressive mouth, his blue eyes very bright.

If she applied them at just the right angle, Georgiana had found that she could almost create the illusion that Payton's hair was longer than jaw-length, which, in actual truth, it was not. “And he locked right presentable. A good deal more presentable than you looked, Ross, the night before we were married. “ “Right,” Hudson said, with a laugh. “But Ross had. I believe, consumed most of a bottle of rum that night, so it's understandable he mightn't have looked his best—” “I understand,” Georgiana continued, as if Hudson had not interrupted, ”that Captain Drake keeps no valet, so I can only assume that he, at least, is capable of dressing himself.

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