I’m just fine where I am, she replied.
Daphne shook her head. No, we would have heard her shoes clicking down the hall.Something about that statement made him smile, and Daphne found herself smiling right along with him. I really should thank you, though, she said, before she returns.
Your plan is a brilliant success. At least for me. Did you notice how many suitors came to call this morning?He crossed his arms, the tulips dangling upside down. I noticed.It's brilliant, really. I've never had so many callers in a single afternoon before. Mother was beside herself with pride. Even Humboldt—he's our butler—was beaming, and I've never seen him so much as smile before. Ooops! Look, you're dripping. She leaned down and righted the flowers, her forearm grazing the front of his coat. She immediately jumped back, startled by both the heat and power of him.
Good God, if she could sense all that through his shirt and coat, what must he be like—Daphne colored red. Deep, dark red.
I should give my entire fortune for those thoughts, Simon said, his brows rising in question.
Thankfully, Violet chose that moment to sail into the room. I'm terribly sorry for abandoning you for so long, she said, but Mr. Crane's horse threw a shoe, so naturally I had to accompany him to the stables and find a groom to repair the damage.Kate? she asked, blinking the filthy water from her eyes. Where’s Kate?
Dry as a bone on the embankment, he muttered, followed by a holler in Kate’s direction of, Rein in your bloody dog!Newton had cheerfully splashed back out of the Serpentine and was now sitting on the grass, his tongue hanging happily out of his mouth. Kate scurried to his side and grabbed the lead. Anthony noticed that she had no pithy comeback to his roared order. Good, he thought viciously. He wouldn’t have thought the bloody woman would have had the sense to keep her mouth shut.
He turned back to Edwina, who, astoundingly, still managed to look lovely even while dripping with pond water. Let me get you out of here, he said gruffly, and before she had a chance to react, he scooped her into his arms and carried her to dry ground.I’ve never seen anything like that, Berbrooke said, shaking his head.