The Art of Deception
or Pride and Extreme Prejudice
This week continues a spy story set in late Georgian England, the year before Trafalgar. Last week Alice sat, nervous, in her uncle’s office while he reviewed her work. Pleased with it, this week he elevates her to active status and introduces the agent with whom she will work.
“Yes, I’m assigning you to work with one of our best agents, Roderick, Lord Fitzpatrick; he’s just back from a long stint in the Americas.”
“Sounds delightful, is he handsome?”
“I’m sure you’ll like him; just the man to squire you around the assemblies; one of the leading tulips of the ton, a real nonesuch. Odd thing is, he also reported finding a French agent, in Bristol and then Bath; the agent hit him so hard that he ended up in the hospital overnight; do you think it was the same one?”
Alice pondered his words for a few moments, and said, “Might be, he was … rather obvious about it.”
“Funny thing that, Lord Roderick said she was-”
The servant knocked on the door.
He and Lord Roderick entered.
Alice stood and pointed, “You!”
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17 thoughts on “The Art of Deception 42”
Methinks the fireworks are about to begin in earnest.
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Thank you. Yes, fireworks.
Oh dear, what were the odds!
That should create some interesting tension.
Excellent cliff hanger!
Thank you. It’s a central moment in the story
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Who is it?! Ack! Great snip.
Yup. Thank you
Oooo great choice of cliffhanger! 😀
Thank you for reading.
Ah yes, sort of inevitable but in a deliciously amusing way. Excellent excerpt!
I was worried about predictable, but if they don’t get together it isn’t a romance.
Uh-oh, looks like the start of a rocky collaboration.
Way to leave us hanging!! I just love your heroine!
LOL This is getting better and better. Nice job.
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