I’m sure that would be lovely, she managed to say.
As if I would dream of staying, Mr. Grimston said with a sniff.I’m going to have to hit you, Marcus said, shaking his head in disbelief.
That won’t be necessary, Mr. Grimston’s friend said quickly, casting a wary eye at Marcus. She stepped forward, grabbed his arm, and yanked him back a step. Thank you, she said to Honoria, for a lovely evening. You can be sure that if anyone asks, I shall say it passed without incident.Honoria still didn’t know who she was, but she nodded anyway.Thank God they’re gone, Marcus muttered as they departed. He was rubbing his knuckles. I really didn’t want to have to hit someone again. Your brother has a hard head.
Honoria felt herself smile. It was a ridiculous thing to smile about, and an even more ridiculous time to smile. Daisy was still lying on the floor, moaning in her faux swoon, Lady Danbury was barking at anyone who would listen that there was nothing to see, nothing to see, and Iris would not stop asking her questions about heaven knew what.But Honoria wasn’t listening to Iris. I love you, she said, as soon as Marcus’s eyes fell on her face. She hadn’t meant to say it right then, but there was no keeping it in. I love you. Always.
Someone must have heard her, and that someone must have told another someone, who told another someone, because within seconds, the room fell into a hush. And once again, Marcus found himself at the absolute center of attention.
I love you, too, he said, his voice firm and clear. And then, with the eyes of half the ton on him, he took her hands, dropped to one knee, and said, Lady Honoria Smythe-Smith, will you do me the very great honor of becoming my wife?Daniel frowned. This would not do.
She said she would be with us in a moment, Frances informed them.Did you tell her that Cousin Daniel is going to join us? Harriet asked.
No, I forgot. She shrugged. She won’t mind.Daniel was not so sure about that. He was fairly certain that Miss Wynter had known he was in the drawing room (hence her rapid flight to the mews), but he did not think she realized that he intended to accompany them to the park.