"Expectations" (Book 2)-- Ch.7: Eclipse of the Second Son, January 20, 2019 by Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1206)

(an original Regency romance copyrighted by Gratiana Lovelace, 2018 - 2019; all rights reserved); [(1) story cover art, left]

[As is my custom, from time to time I will illustrate my story with my ideal cast consisting of (in order of appearance/mention in this chapter): Crispin Bonham Carter as Lord Harold Blount the younger brother of Lord Christian Blount the Earl of Sussex portrayed by Richard Armitage, and older brother to their younger sister Lady Elizabeth Blount portrayed by Jessica Brown Findlay; Emma Thompson as Lady Gwendolyn "Gwennie" Lindsay of York, the sister to Lord Duncan the Viscount Lindsay portrayed by Rupert Penry-Jones, and their late older brother Lord Alfred portrayed by David Oakes; and Lily Travers as Lady Penelope Lindquist, Lord Harold's great love.]

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"Expectations" Ch. 7: Eclipse of the Second Son

No sooner had Lord Harold Blount arrived at the Sussex Hall Estate with Lord Duncan's sister Lady Gwendolyn Lindsay of York in tow-after their sojourn to the Wayfarer Inn at Walden, while they awaited replacement carriages for Lady Gwendolyn's entourage-- they were each made privy to Lord Christian's and Lady Madeline's happy news. Then Lord Harold and Lady Gwendolyn were separated to go their ways to their respective Summer dwelling places--she to Sussex Hall that her family is renting for the Summer, and he to the Sussex Hall Dower House where the Blount family is staying for the Summer.

It does not help Lord Harold's unease in parting from her, that Lady Gwendolyn's brother was not yet there to greet her-Lord Duncan is traveling down with his parents from York to Sussex, which will take several more days to accomplish. Though Lady Gwendolyn's London servants traveling with her are familiar to her and there to cosset her-in addition to the massive Sussex Hall Estate staff.

And Lord Harold had found Lady Gwendolyn's chilling disdain of him from yesterday-with him being the Blount Rogue-had waned last night as they spoke more cordially over dinner in Lady Gwendolyn's bed chamber parlor at the Wayfarer Inn in the small market town of Walden, where they broke their journey to Sussex Hall Estates. Naturally, Lady Gwendolyn's Ladies Maid Dorcas Strand was chaperoning the two for propriety's sake, and eating her evening meal in the corner of the parlor to allow them their private conversations.

Smiling at seeing Lady Gwendolyn looking charming as she emerges from the darkness of her inn bed chamber [(2) below left] and into the candlelight of their impromptu dining area in her inn bed chamber's large and elegant private parlor, Lord Harold [(3) below right] seeks to be considerate and gentlemanly toward her, as his hopeful looking expression displays.

Lord Harold: "Lady Gwen, I hope that you find your accommodations at the Inn to your liking." He had urged the innkeeper to give her ladyship the inn's very best rooms, and Lord Harold made do with the comfort of a serviceable but less elegantly appointed room-no ceiling chandelier in his parlor.

Lady Gwendolyn: "Well, Hal..." She spears him with a wary scowl, then continues with some astonishment. "The rooms are surprisingly better than I had hoped for in an inn of this size."

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