Welcome to weekend writing warriors. Many fine authors, and me, contribute short snippets for your delectation.
Since it seems that our Regency spy romance is much more popular than our science fiction, this post introduces the sequel to The Art of Deception. Amanda’s reading was interrupted by a summons to attend on her mother. Amanda’s mother made it clear that she must attend the assembly. After a short carriage journey, it only being six or so miles between Coalpit Heath and Chipping Sodbury, they have arrived.
The young man, who stood next to her father, said, “I should like the honour of the next dance, if I may?”
Amanda blushed, “Yes,” She rose to curtsey to him; her notes lying, unbidden on the table.
Mr Jameson glanced at them; then he reached over and folded them, neatly, and gave them to her, “Don’t forget your work.”
Amanda curtseyed and blushed again, “Thank you,” she took the paper and replaced it in her reticule.
He said, “It looked important.”
“Just some scratchings – a problem from Dr Hutton’s book.”
“His course in mathematics? I’ve been told it’s an excellent work.”
The orchestra reached the end of the 2/3; the final chords echoed through the room and interrupted Amanda’s reply; a pause in the music preceded the introduction of the next set.
Mr Jameson inclined his head, “Would you care to dance?”
My sincere apologies for abusing semi-colons.
There’s a revolution in transportation that is underway during the time frame of this story. Canals would connect large parts of the UK withing ten-fifteen years. The Kennett and Avon Canal was finished in 1810. The featured image shows the canal in Bath. Jane Austen would have been familiar with it, although it was a rough place in her time.
This lock, in Bradford on Avon, would have been there while Amanda worked on her math problems.
As would this, the Avoncliff Aqueduct. It’s next to the Cross Guns which is an elegant pub – though that doesn’t stop the chavs from decorating the path with technicolour yawns (I know that’s Australian).
If you’re a yank and want to try a canal trip, the trick is to go directly to the UK sites. The US ones tend to double the price.
I’ve put up a couple of things on instafreebie. The first is a short story, To Court a Dragon.