An Improper Proposal by Patricia Cabot

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And although she could see no telltale signs of Drake ever having inhabited it—no initials carved into the balustrade, or portraits of him hanging in the Great Hall — she could still picture him tearing about the place as a young boy, tormenting his tutors and making his elder brother, with whom he'd never got on, cry. She liked the place all the better for that. These were of course completely fabricated imaginings: Drake never spoke much about his childhood, which had apparently been somewhat unhappy.

I wore the trousers,” Payton pointed out severely, ”because I didn't need everyone looking up my skirts every time I climbed the mizzenpost—” “Wishful thinking,” Hudson observed. Ignoring him, Payton continued. “And I wore the vest because I hadn't anything to support what was going on beneath my shirt. No thanks to any of you. “ “Underthings. “ Ross nodded. “I forgot. Another hundred quid. ” The door to the bedroom opened, and Georgiana Dixon said matter-of-factly, ”To get her married, of course.

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. “ “Or Miss Whitby helped him,” Raleigh quipped.

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