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, Alice’s Uncle Grey found her tutor, a Madame Rene. Madame Rene made it very clear that Lord Grey is a slippery character, and not to be trusted. I skip where Madame Rene and the local vicar Mr Willis confront Alice, her mother, and Lord Grey with their concerns. As a matter of insurance, since a season in London is something that cannot be lightly refused, Alice’s bosom friend Sally Willis is to accompany them. Alice also agrees to write at least weekly with letters that must be posted from London. The day before they depart, Lord Grey has a present for Sally. Lord Grey takes a package from his saddlebag and Alice asks him about it.
“For Miss Willis, you greedy girl; some Turkish Delights from London.”
“What a good present, she adores them.”
“No, too sweet for me; I can barely stand them.”
“So I remember.”
Alice puzzled out her uncle’s face.
“What’s that about, Niece?”
“Nothing, it’s just odd that you’d choose a present that Sally loves and I loathe.”
“Well, I try to meet the tastes of my recipients; all the more for her.”
Sally was overjoyed to receive the candy; she immediately had a piece, and then offered it to both Lord Grey and
Alice; Alice politely refused, while Lord Grey took one particular piece, from a corner of the box.
Lord Grey’s offer to Alice isn’t quite what it seems. Don’t take candy from strange men.
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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