Welcome to Tuesday Tales, a weekly blog where diverse authors post excerpts from their WIPs based on word and picture prompts. Today our word prompt is mirror. Today’s snippet is from a new historical romance. Please visit my talented colleagues at Tuesday Tales.
“Please hold still, little one. Madam expects you tout de suite.”
The girl stomped a stockinged foot. “Imbecile, you’re pulling my hair!”
A soft sigh escaped her lips, and her eyes closed for a brief moment at the child’s lapse into rudeness. Holding the golden tangle in one hand, she drew the comb through with determination. “If you would make use of your brush more frequently, we would not have this perpetual problem. And did we not speak of the inappropriate tendencies of name calling just yesterday?”
Priscilla’s demanding shrieks subsided to a petulant whine. “I can’t help it. You’re hurting me. And I don’t want to see the odious cousins anyway. They do nothing but prance about and simper when he is around.”
No need to pretend she didn’t know to whom the child referred. “Perhaps his lordship will not be in attendance today.”
She patted down the wayward curls, and Priscilla swung around with a pout, her lacy sleeves billowing. “Of course he will. He has been here every day this week.”
“I thought you liked his company.”
The lips compressed into a rosebud circlet. “When he takes me riding or down to the lake, but not when the cousins are here on parade with all their idiocy. Then I may as well be invisible. Can’t I remain with you?”
Charlotte hid a smile and slid a small ornate mirror from her pocket. She held it up to reflect the shining locks and freshly scrubbed face. “You know better. Besides, look at this perfection. You would deprive your family of your countenance and company? I shall see you afterward. Now slip on your shoes and be gone with you.”
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Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Romance