Is that supposed to impress me? My dear woman, I can find a quarter of a million in the cushions of my couch so I assure you, I am wholly unswayed by your show of liquidity. More to the point, I can’t be bought. Not for one dollar. Not for a billion. He glanced over at the chauffeur. Am I getting my shotgun. Or are you squeezing yourself back into that limo and having your driver hit the gas?
Beautiful, he supposed the word was.Rearranging himself in his pants, he grabbed his cane, heaved himself up, and wobbled. The bathroom was about seventeen miles away in that corner, and he—
When he went to step forward, he kicked something across the floor.What the …? Frowning, he leaned down, balancing on his cane so that he did not become yet another rug upon the floor.One of those boxy little silk-wrapped numbers with a rhinestone clasp on it.
The woman had had it with her. He could vaguely recall thinking that it had been exactly the kind of thing Sutton would have used.Edward was careful as he made his way over and bent to pick the thing up. God only knew what was in it.
Shuffling back to his armchair, he grabbed his phone off the side table. Calling Beau’s number, he glanced at the clock across the way. Seven thirty. The pimp would be still up, winding down from his night shift.
Hello? a rough voice said. Edward?I am so terrified of you, she whispered.
Because she wanted to believe what he was saying with the desperation of an addict.Don’t be, he said when she didn’t reply. I never meant for any of this to happen. And I’ve wanted to make it right for so long.
It seemed appropriate that they were surrounded by all the flower bowls that she had been filling. The evidence of her work, of her sole purpose in being on the estate, was a reminder of the divide that would always put distance between them.And then she took pains to recall that photograph and article in the Charlemont Herald about the marriage, two grand Southern legacies joining in a feudal arrangement. And she remembered the days and nights right after she’d found out about Chantal, all those hours of suffering until she’d felt like she were dying.