There’s Magic in the Air, by Sue Barr

There’s Magic in the Air, by Sue Barr

December already!

Where has the year gone? I put it down on the counter and when I turned around – Poof! – it was gone into thin air. As it is, I can scarce believe four weeks has already scampered by since I last posted here. As such, and as a professional procrastinator, I am woefully unprepared for this post. Having said that, I did manage to add over 25K to my works in progress during the mad rush of #NaNoWriMo. I am not content unless I have several manuscripts on the go. It’s like a form of literary attention deficit disorder. You’d think I’d be happy with three metaphorical balls in the air, but no! My muse became quite stimulated when I made the mistake of reading a magical Pride and Prejudice variation and immediately a small vignette popped into my head.

“But there is one of her sisters sitting down just behind you, who is very pretty, and I dare say very agreeable. Do let me ask my partner to introduce you.”

“Which do you mean?” and turning round, he looked for a moment at Elizabeth, till catching her eye, he withdrew his own and coldly said, “She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me.”

Mr. Bingley paused and stared at his friend before saying, “I say, Darcy. You have some food stuck in your teeth.”


“Yes, it is quite wedged up there. I am surprised I did not see it earlier.”

Mr. Darcy pulled a handkerchief out of his pocket and tried to subtly remove the offensive piece of food. He briefly flashed his teeth at Bingley who shook his head. “No, it is still there. In fact, it looks even worse.”

Elizabeth bit the inside of her cheek to keep from smiling when Mr. Darcy made to leave the room and after a casual flick of her wrist, he tripped and knocked the glass of punch from Sir William’s hand.

Enough, Lizzy. You have had your fun.

Her father’s chastisement intruded all the way from Longbourn. She should have known he would be aware of her using unauthorized magic.

Yes, Papa.

As it so happens, I did write a magical Pride & Prejudice variation – Fitzwilliam Darcy~Undone. I thought to entice you with a teensy, weensy, little teaser.

Soon the officers bid their farewell, and Jane invited Lizzy to follow her upstairs. When they gained entry to their shared room, she took out the letter and said, “This is from Caroline Bingley, and what it contains surprised me a great deal.”

Lizzy accepted the envelope, which contained a sheet of elegant, little, hot-pressed paper, well covered with a lady’s fair, flowing hand. She read a few lines and gasped.

“The pomposity of that woman! Declaring she cannot ‘pretend to regret anything I shall leave in Hertfordshire, except your society.’ And to call you her dearest friend. The woman wouldn’t know a friend if they kicked her in the shins while declaring it.” She read further before emitting a very unladylike snort. “This is rich. She hopes their absence can be alleviated by ? where is that ubiquitous line? ? ‘we may lessen the pain of separation by a very frequent and most unreserved correspondence.’ She threw the letter onto the bed. “Jane, I give you leave to dislike Miss Bingley with all your heart. She is nothing but a pretentious prig.”

“Lizzy,” Jane chastised softly, “that is most unkind. She is letting me know her brother does not hold me in the same regard as I do him. She encourages me to find another beau without her brother getting in the way of my heart and seems most solicitous in her care of my feelings. She even hinted Mr. Darcy agrees with her opinions, and he is Mr. Bingley’s best friend. Surely he’d know where Mr. Bingley’s true interests lay.”

Never in her life had Elizabeth wished to impose her will on someone as much as she did right at this moment. How could Jane be deceived by one such as Caroline Bingley? Anyone with eyes in their head could see Bingley was madly in love with her sister. She paused in thought. Of course! They had seen how much in love he was and decided Jane was not of their sphere and hastened to remove him before he could declare himself to all and sundry. And what part did Mr. Darcy play in all this? There was no way Miss Bingley would willingly vacate Netherfield Park without ensuring Mr. Darcy was in tow. Or had he led the parade himself? Given what Miss Bingley revealed in her note, Mr. Darcy most likely cautioned his friend to leave before he’d committed himself publicly, with no way out of an unwanted marriage.

She fumed silently while Jane carefully returned the letter to its envelope and placed it in her nightstand drawer. Even without her abilities to perceive other’s emotions, she knew Jane’s heart  was aching. Unable to bear her sister’s suffering, she headed downstairs to escape the confines of Longbourn. She stormed to the far end of her mother’s rose garden and paced. Paced and fumed, and fumed and paced , not even feeling the cold November air. Her anger waffled between Mr. Darcy and Caroline Bingley. She instinctively knew Mr. Bingley would defer to Mr. Darcy’s counsel long before he acquiesced to his sister’s demands. Her anger mounted with each step. If she could only see Mr. Darcy face to face and tell him what she really thought.

A tingling sensation cascaded over and through her body, and when she opened her eyes, she found herself in an unfamiliar room, standing before the man  himself clad only in a pair of buckskin breeches and Hessian boots.

Fitzwilliam Darcy~Undone is available exclusively through Kindle Direct, so it is free with Kindle Unlimited.

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January 15, 2022 1:23 PM

Thanks for the teaser.

J. W. Garrett
J. W. Garrett
December 1, 2021 3:27 PM

Well, I think I bruised a rib laughing at Lizzy taking Darcy down a peg. Whew! I had tears in my eyes. Thanks for the laugh. Oh, that excerpt of Undone was the best. You know, I don’t think you could have chosen a better cover model than that guy. Whew! I loved it. Thanks for the giggle today. Blessings on getting all those balls in the air to press. Happy Holidays in the manner in which you celebrate.

Sue Barr
December 1, 2021 6:10 PM
Reply to  J. W. Garrett

I was surprised myself at how Lizzy behaved. There are times I have no control over my characters in any way, shape, or form. And I stand/sit by that statement…

Kirstin Odegaard
December 1, 2021 2:01 PM

What a fun idea! I love the title too. Works well with the bare chest and six pack.

Sue Barr
December 1, 2021 2:47 PM

When I saw the cover art, I was over the moon. My cover artist is soooo very talented.

December 1, 2021 1:43 PM

I do love Fitzwilliam Darcy Undone! A magical Elizabeth is a lovely touch.
It seems she has powers in this new story as well? Plus a tendency to use them in a mischievous way in revenge for Darcy’s comment! When will this be published?

Sue Barr
December 1, 2021 2:45 PM
Reply to  Glynis

This was a vignette – an idea that bubbled up while I was supposed to be writing… If I continue this story, it probably won’t be ready for publication until late spring/early summer. It has no premise or story arc at this time and there are two others that take precedence (or they are supposed to take precedence)

Jean Stillman
Jean Stillman
December 1, 2021 1:18 PM

I love the magical tide bit! Sounds like an awesome book to do!

Sue Barr
December 1, 2021 2:46 PM
Reply to  Jean Stillman

Thank you. I had fun writing it.

Robin G.
Robin G.
December 1, 2021 12:26 PM

I love the magic stories! Thanks for the little vignette.

Sue Barr
December 1, 2021 2:46 PM
Reply to  Robin G.

You are welcome. Magic, at times, is easier to write because the author creates all the rules and can break them with no one the wiser…

cindie snyder
cindie snyder
December 1, 2021 10:07 AM

Sounds awesome! I love magic! I’ll have to read this one!

Sue Barr
December 1, 2021 2:45 PM
Reply to  cindie snyder

Thank you. If you do take the risk, I hope you like it.

Riana Everly
December 1, 2021 9:08 AM

Oh my! Good thing (???) she didn’t arrive a couple of minutes later. That might have been quite the eye-opening experience. LOL

Sue Barr
December 1, 2021 9:38 AM
Reply to  Riana Everly

Tee hee…

Regina Jeffers
December 1, 2021 8:27 AM

Very enticing excerpt, Sue. LOL!

Sue Barr
December 1, 2021 8:38 AM
Reply to  Regina Jeffers

Thank you. I will admit, I had fun writing magic because anything is possible.

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