Sebastian kept his eyes closed, but he could practically hear his cousin give a shrug. There would be no tender mercies tossed in his direction this morning.
Lord Winstead suggested it.Anne suddenly began to cough.
Lady Pleinsworth regarded her with some concern. Are you quite wel, Miss Wynter?Just . . . ehrm . . . some . . . ehrm ehrm . . . dust in my throat. I think.Wel, do sit down, if you think it will help. There is no need to stand on ceremony with me, at least not at the moment. Anne nodded gratefuly and retook her seat. Lord Winstead. She should have known.
It is an ideal solution for us al, Lady Pleinsworth continued. Lord Winstead wants to leave London, too. The notoriety, you know. Word is getting out that he has returned, and he will be deluged with calers. Who can blame the man for desiring a peaceful reunion with his family?Then he will be accompanying us? Anne asked carefuly.
Of course. It is his property. It would seem odd if we traveled there without him, even if I am his favorite aunt. I believe his sister and mother will be coming as wel, although I am not certain. Lady Pleinsworth paused for breath, looking quite satisfied with the recent turn of events. Nanny Flanders will supervise the packing for the girls, since it is your afternoon free. But if you would look everything over when you return, I would be most appreciative. Nanny is a dear, but she is getting on in years.
Of course, Anne murmured. She adored Nanny, but she’d long since gone a bit deaf. Anne had always admired Lady Pleinsworth for keeping her on, but then again, she had been nurse to Lady Pleinsworth as a child, and Lady Pleinsworth’s mother.I might have glowered at one or two of your suitors – damn it, he hadn’t meant to say that – but not at you.
Then you were spying on me, she said triumphantly.Of course not, he lied. But I couldn’t very well miss you.
She gasped in horror. What does that mean?Bloody hell, he was in for it now. It doesn’t mean a thing. You were in London. I was in London. When she didn’t respond, he added, I saw every other lady, too. And then, before he realized it was the worst thing he could have said, he added, You’re just the only one I remember.