Welcome back to Sweet Saturday Sample! All excerpts here are rated PG-13 or milder. Here’s another post from my new WIP, my medieval trilogy Time Enough To Love. Part 1 is called Betrothal. The series is set in England and France in 1348. Betrothal takes place at the court of King Edward III.
Lady Alyse de Courcy is a waiting gentlewoman to Princess Joanna, youngest daughter of King Edward. After receiving the news that the new courtier, Sir Geoffrey Longford, is her betrothed, a dazed Alyse is less than happy with her arranged marriage. Today’s snippet takes place after her initial meeting with Sir Geoffrey, alone with her current bedfellow, Anne, in their room preparing for bed.
“So you finally got your wish, Alyse?” Anne’s caustic voice oozed sarcasm, and betrayed more than a touch of envy. As she sat on the bed they shared, she brushed her hair with hard, determined strokes.
“I got my answer, Anne, not my wish.” Her tone just as terse, Alyse folded away her rose gown and closed the lid of the chest. Standing in her plain white linen shift, she began to unpin her hair.
“You would wish to be married to someone other than Geoffrey Longford?” Anne scowled and stroked harder. “Did you look at him Alyse?” Her tone was less strident, more wistful. Anne’s father had betrothed her to the Viscount de Mantillas, reported to be an older Spanish nobleman, and she had bemoaned thoughts of her wedding night before now.
Her hair freed, Alyse brushed with vigor, venting her temper with each stroke. “Aye, and all together too close! As I said earlier, looks are not the only consideration for a husband. From what I observed, Sir Geoffrey has quite a high opinion of himself and no regard for my feelings.” She paused, remembered his response to her silent plea. “Almost no regard. And did you see how huge he is? Up close I mean? He could crush me like flea if I displeased him!”
“So do not displease him! All a woman need do is warm a man’s bed well enough and she’ll find favor with him. You should have little trouble seeming eager with such a man between your sheets. Do you think he’s huge all over?”
“Even if he’s not, I’d change places with you in a snap of my fingers.” Anne handed her brush to her roommate then scooted beneath the covers. “You’re so besotted with Lord Brayton— who never gave you a serious thought—you can’t see a gift from God when it’s set down before you.” She turned her back and commanded brusquely, “Blow out the candle when you’re done.”
Makes you hope Alyse has a better bedfellow shortly! LOL
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