Happy Sunday! For my Six Sentence Sunday post today, I’m continuing with my medieval WIP Betrothal, about to go into edits! And I’m picking up where we left off with Sweet Saturday Sample yesterday. You can read that post here.
Lady Alyse de Courcy is a waiting gentlewoman to Princess Joanna, youngest daughter of King Edward. Alyse is less than happy with her arranged marriage to Geoffrey Longford, a knight in the king’s service, and is infatuated instead with his best friend, Thomas, Lord Brayton.
This scene occurs the night after the betrothal. Geoffrey has drawn Alyse over to his table, hoping to talk to her in private. His group of friends, led by Thomas, attempt to make sport of the couple. Thomas makes the suggestion (in jest) that Alyse should know him before she is wed. Geoffrey, piqued that Alyse still shows an interest in his friend, asks her to answer the lewd statement. But when she acquits herself credibly in wordplay, she draws Geoffrey’s ire because she will not banter with him. In trying to extricate herself from one predicament, Alyse instead lands smack into the fire by declaring “Nay, my lord, I would deny you no pleasure.”
Geoffrey’s bench thumped down on the rush-strewn floor, his blood heating at the import of her words.
“Indeed, my lady, shall we retire at once to my chamber?” He tried to restrain a lecherous grin as he watched her fight to recall those words. She was proving excellent sport in her attempts to placate him.
“My lord, I did not mean…”
“Did you not, my sweet?” he whispered, leaning toward her, tempted to try to steal a kiss in the confusion.
Will temptation get the better of him? LOL
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