The Art of Deception
or Pride and Extreme Prejudice
Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors. This week I continue another book, that will eventually come out via booktrope. It’s a spy story set in late Georgian England, the year before Trafalgar. Last week I answered several questions about Sir Roderick. Now we return to Alice’s story. Her Uncle Grey has found her tutor, a Madame Rene. He has a few questions for her, about Alice. What started out as a friendly reunion becomes a tad tense.
Lord Grey smiled, she remembered his work-name, “It has been a very long time, old friend … how are you doing?”
“Teaching the young ladies of the parish keeps, how do you say it – the dog in his kennel.”
“The wolf from the door; I need to ask you, privately, about one of your students.”
“Miss Alice Green.”
“Lady Green’s daughter,” Madame Renne paused, “She’s not in any trouble is she?” The smile faded from her face when
she realized this was not just a social call. It was business, and that put a different colour on the situation; Monsieur LeBlanc, the man of business, secret government business at that, was not Monsieur LeBlanc, le vieil ami.
“Oh, no, at least not yet … Commet es son français?”
Madame Renne stared at M. LeBlanc, and then with a surprisingly coarse expression said, “What the bloody hell is it to you … What does it matter how good is her French?”
Lord Grey’s offer to Alice isn’t quite what it seems.
The cartoon is a famous one by James Gillray. Pitt the younger and that Corsican are dividing up the world. It’s to remind you what’s happening outside of Alice’s little village.
Frankenkitty is available.
What happens when teenagers get to play with Dr Frankenstien’s lab notebooks, a few odd chemicals and a great big whopping coil? Mayhem, and possibly an invitation to the Transylvanian Neuroscience Summer School.
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