As Freda was being served a generous helping of cucumber sandwiches with her tea, Eva eyed Mary Ann's brooch.
Is that Cartier?
Mary Ann continued to finger her brooch with affection.
Why, yes. It is a new acquisition. I picked it up while I was in France last month. In fact, I have something from him that I am commissioned to deliver to you.
Mary Ann opened her reticule again. She had been searching for lozenges earlier. She reached inside tentatively. She seemed to be swatting at something inside the depths of the reticule. She finally pulled out something wrapped in a handkerchief with the initials EMc.
Eva recognized her embroidery on the kerchief and knew what it was. She reached for the wrapped package calmly although brimming with pleasure. After removing the kerchief, everyone was treated to the most magnificent pocket watch.
Ahhh, Cartier has outdone himself, Eva thought to herself.
Ahem. And, I have something for you as well Amanda Leigh interjected as she reached for a scone.
Freda helped herself to more tea and was content to wait before revealing her contribution to this meeting.
The Tiny Bubble gently lands on the vast fields of the McGregor estate as the afternoon tea continues. Jane and Jade scurry back and forth to batten down the hatches before they depart their airship. The McGregor castle is a half mile's walk in the distance. Fortunately, the rains have stopped and the field is dry for an afternoon walk.
book 1 of the Infernal Devices
by Cassandra Clare
Release date: September 7, 2010
Find out about the characters, artwork, and synopses at the official Infernal Devices site.
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* image source steampunk pocket watch
* part of Jane and Jade Escapades, my steampunk story in which commenters may have guest appearances.
* my weekly post on things steampunk (Victorian sci-fi/fantasy)
* totally inspired by steampunk posts written by Celia of adventures of cecelia bedelia