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It’s so good to be back with Sweet Saturday. Here’s another post from my medieval trilogy WIP, Time Enough To Love. Over Christmas I got the edits back and am busily revising. I’m hoping release day is going to come sooner rather than later.
This series is set in England and France in 1348. Part 1, Betrothal, takes place at the court of King Edward III.
This excerpt comes just after my last post from this novella. Geoffrey and Alyse are talking just after the banns for their marriage have been read for the first time. If you’d like to read the excerpt that leads up to this point, it’s here.
He kissed her hand and tucked it into the crook of his arm as he led her away from the chapel toward Princess Joanna’s apartments. Although loath to admit it, his words, as well as his attentions, had soothed her ruffled feelings. She smiled inwardly to think that his regard for her ran so deep. A quick peek at him from lowered lids showed her his countenance bore a smile as well. They seemed to have come far in but two days’ time.
As they approached the door of the Princess’s chamber, he turned and took both her hands. “My lady, I have news that I would share with you.”
He seemed both solemn and excited by whatever message he had brought. It had to be news indeed, for she had heard nothing, either last night or this morning, that would touch upon them. This mystery so bemused her that she almost failed to see him lean down, bringing his mouth mere inches from hers. She gasped, snatched her hands from his and ducked around him before he could draw closer.
“Would you share something else besides news, Sir Geoffrey?”
“That I would, little maid.” He spun around before she could back away. He darted his hand out to secure hers again and raised it to his mouth. “It seems, however, that I must be content with this.” He grazed her skin with his lips, skimming over the surface of her flesh with a floating touch that made her shiver. “And with my news. You know the king called for a joust, a Round Table, at Windsor next week to celebrate the princess’s betrothal?”
Alyse nodded and frowned. The mere thought of jousting set her stomach to churning. But his statement was hardly news; the court had been preparing for the tournaments for weeks.
“It has been decreed by His Majesty that on the first day the festivities will begin with a procession of ladies and knights of King Arthur’s court, starting at the Tower of London and winding through the town out to the lists. There are to be twenty-five knights on the king’s side who will joust and fight in a pas d’armes. So there needs be twenty-five ladies as well, to escort them to the field.”
She nodded again. “Princess Joanna rides in this procession.” Her part in the festivities had been determined last week. Did he have anything truly new to impart?
“You have been chosen to be one of the ladies.”
Quite an honor for a young girl. Will Alyse be properly appreciative of this? Maybe next week… 🙂
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