By Mary Balogh
A Masked Deception
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For the last three veeks, Margaret had been plagued by doubts as strong as her excitement. She was largely convinced that Richard would pay her no attention at all. Why should he? He had had—and probably still had—dozens of lovely women. Why should he remember one girl whom he had kissed and fondled for a half-hour six years before? She would be disappointed to be totally ignored. But what really terrified her was that Richard might take notice. What if he tried to talk to her? Would he not immediately recognize her?
That would be nice, Richard," she had replied. And then she could have sworn that her stomach and heart changed places when he leaned slightly toward her. She was certain that he was about to kiss her. But he merely put back a strand of hair that had worked loose from the braids that were still coiled around the back of her head; then he laid gentle fingertips against one of her cheeks for a moment. "Good night, my dear," he had said. "Sleep well and have no fears for Charlotte. " Kitty finally arrived in the bedroom and Margaret leapt out of the bed, her body and mind all aflutter at the thought of what lay ahead that night.
I have been granted the permission to waltz. " he asked. "But yes," she said. "It is so lovely to dance beneath the stars, no? With someone special," she added daringly, flirting her fan at him. Brampton was dazzled. He could not decide whether she was a practiced coquette or a delightful little innocent. He hoped the latter. He had not planned to waste time in the gardens with her. He wanted her alone. But he was willing to humor her; he wanted this night to be a long and a perfect one. " The orchestra was playing many waltzes.
A Masked Deception by Mary Balogh