This month, I thought I’d give away two copies of The Darcy Vs Collection. Comment below for an entry. And I’m also doing a double offer. Even if you are not a winner, you will find that the Darcy Vs Collection is on Amazon at half price through October 15th.
In the meantime, enjoy an excerpt from Darcy Vs Elizabeth.
Theatre Royal – London
Although the line was rather long for the carriages, they had time to get some refreshments before going to their seats. As they traversed the lobby, Mr. Darcy appeared with two glasses of wine.
“Miss Bennet, Miss Elizabeth. How nice to see you this evening. Are you and your family well?”
The ladies curtseyed to his bow and affirmed that they were in good health.
“May I have an introduction to your companions?”
“Mr. Darcy, this is my Aunt and Uncle Gardiner. Aunt Madeline, Uncle Edwin, this is Mr. Darcy of Pemberley in Derbyshire.”
“A pleasure, Mr. Darcy.”
“Yes, it is, sir, as my husband also knows that I was born and lived near Lambton until he and I married and came to London. However, I never had the pleasure of meeting your mother and father, but I do remember that they were well spoken of by all that knew them.”
“Thank you, Mrs. Gardiner. They were the best of parents. I just wish Georgiana could have known our mother longer than just those first few years. She looks very much like her.”
“I did see your mother at a distance one day, and she was very beautiful. Your sister must be a very lovely young lady as well.”
“Thank you. She is, but I am a bit biased.”
“As you should be, sir,” said Mrs. Gardiner with a smile.
“Mr. Darcy, we must get back to our seats.” Miss Bingley had come up by Darcy’s shoulder and hissed her comment at him.
“My apologies ladies and Mr. Gardiner. We do need to leave.” Turning to Elizabeth, he asked, “May I call on you, Miss Elizabeth?”
“Yes, you may. We are staying at #123 Gracechurch Street in Cheapside.”
Within a second of Darcy being struck from behind, wine from one of the glasses spilled on the front of Elizabeth’s dress, to her dismay and Darcy’s horror.
Serviettes were quickly obtained, and the wetness was blotted thoroughly. Fortunately, it was a white wine and would not stain like a red, but Darcy was apologetic.
“Miss Elizabeth, I am so sorry. I should have been more careful.”
“Mr. Darcy, it was not your fault. Miss Bingley looked around you and saw me and bumped your shoulder.”
“What? She hit me deliberately?” Darcy scowled as he thought of what he would say when he rejoined the Bingleys in his box. Then he stopped and shook his head in disbelief when he realized Elizabeth was answering his query.
“Yes, she did…and smirked, then disappeared into the crowd.”
“Why would she do that?
“Because she feels you belong to her.”
An indignant Darcy drew himself up and said, “I belong to nobody. And I have made it clear that I have no interest in her whatsoever.”
“Apparently, she didn’t believe you.” This time, Elizabeth smirked.
“Perhaps I shall make it a little clearer to her.” Darcy’s ire was rising.
“I wish you well, Mr. Darcy.” Elizabeth found she had to work at maintaining a serious mien.
“Lizzy, we need to find our seats. Take my shawl, dear.”
“Until we meet again, Mr. Darcy.”
He bowed, and the Gardiner party hurried to their box.
Elizabeth refused to let the incident ruin her evening. However, she did find that she was rather impressed with Darcy’s manners and the fact the he was very contrite about spilling the wine. But I wonder if he will be amenable to coming to a part of Town very different from his own. I guess time will tell if we see him…or not.
Darcy Family Box at the Theatre Royal
Darcy arrived back at his box, with a scowl on his face, determined to subdue Miss Bingley’s baser instincts. Handing her the requested wine, he bit his tongue until he could speak without swearing and acting on the urge to tear her head off. Gritting his teeth, he willed himself to behave like a gentleman.
While Bingley spoke with friends, Darcy saw his chance to speak with the harpy.
Sitting down beside her and speaking quietly, he said, “Miss Bingley, I know what you did.”
“I beg your pardon. I do not understand, Mr. Darcy.”
“Oh, I believe you do. Bumping my shoulder was deliberate.”
“Mr. Darcy, I would never do anything like that.” She tried to butter him up, but Darcy told her to be quiet…and listen. So she quit speaking and appeared to be very nervous.
“You have pursued me for a number of years because you wanted to become mistress of Pemberley and all my money. It stops NOW!” He didn’t raise his voice. He didn’t need to as Caroline Bingley was beginning to get his message…loud and clear if the horrified look on her face was any indication.
He continued. “You’ve slandered any number of families and young women whom you felt were a threat to your position as mistress of Pemberley. However, I need to make it quite clear that you will never be my wife. I would rather die single than marry you. In fact, if we were the only two people left on earth and expected to continue the human race, there would be great disappointment as mankind would die off. It has come to the point that you are interfering in my life to such an extent that I will no longer tolerate it. If you say one more slanderous word about the Bennets or commit another act of sabotage such as bumping my shoulder to ruin a young woman’s dress, I will give you the cut direct and advise those in the hierarchy of the ton to give you the same. I will withdraw all connection to you, and you, Miss Bingley, will no longer be able to use my name to gain admittance to balls, soirees, or dinners anywhere in London. In other words, I will ruin you.”
Tilting his head, he glared at the red-faced woman looking at her hands in her lap. “Am I understood?”
Miss Bingley just nodded.
“Very well. I will not warn you again. If you cross me, I will simply act.”
Rising from the chair, Darcy moved as far as he could from Bingley’s sister so he could enjoy the play.
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