Friday, November 18, 2011

Snippet: Mr. Darcy's Little Sister by C. Allyn Pierson

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Excerpt from Mr. Darcy's Little Sister:

Georgiana was not well satisfied with Jonathan Walker, who seemed to be always hovering near her at the ball. When he talked to her, he leaned towards her in an intimate manner which made her want to step back away from him, and only the most stringent effort prevented her from fleeing. Elizabeth had been keeping an eye on them and she again rescued Georgiana when Mr. Walker was pressing her to allow him to escort her to church.

“Please say you will, Miss Darcy. I am counting on you.”

Elizabeth appeared at his side and interjected mildly, “Counting on her for what Mr. Walker?”

He started but quickly recovered himself.

“I am trying to convince Miss Darcy to allow me to escort her to church this Sunday, Mrs. Darcy.”

“I am sorry, but I am afraid that Georgiana will have responsibilities with our guests on Sunday, Mr. Walker.” She managed to infuse the refusal with a creditable counterfeit of real regret, but Georgiana could hear the chill in her voice.

“Ah. Perhaps another time then. Miss Darcy, Mrs. Darcy.” He bowed and moved off.

Elizabeth watched him for a moment as he asked Miss Blake to dance and then turned to Georgiana, who sighed in relief.

“Are you all right, my dear?” Elizabeth whispered.

“I am now. Thank you, Elizabeth. You are my friend forever. I did not know what to do with him,” she said with a brief smile.

Elizabeth grinned at her sister and went back to Darcy’s side, relieved that Georgiana still had a spark of spirit remaining. Darcy had noticed her defection from his side.

“How is Georgiana doing?”

“She seems to be fine, but I thought I needed to give her a little assistance in detaching young Mr. Walker. I think she is beginning to find him too persistent. He rather reminds me of a limpet.”

Darcy chuckled but had a wary look in his eye as he watched Mr. Walker dance with Miss Blake. “A very apt comparison, but if necessary we will forcibly disengage him and throw him back into the sea.”

“Indeed we will,” she murmured and turned to talk to some guests who were approaching. Colonel Fitzwilliam stopped at her side after finishing a set on the dance floor and commented on the change in his cousin.

“I have never before seen Darcy so relaxed and happy at a ball,” he said. “You are a miracle worker, Mrs. Darcy.” He gave her a courtly bow.

She smiled archly at him and thanked him but commented, “You just keep your eye on Georgiana, my dear cousin. I do not want her to be overwhelmed with all these young men. They are insistent enough to give her, as the Scottish would say, a ‘cauld grue’.”

He looked over at his ward and said, “You are right, my dear Mrs. Darcy, and Jonathan Walker is the most importunate of them all. I believe that I will go break up the group and ask her to dance again; I think an old cousin can have a second dance without causing undue comment.”


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Mr. Darcy's Little Sister
(Pride & Prejudice Continues)
by C. Allyn Pierson

Pride and Prejudice continues...

Georgiana Darcy grows up and goes in pursuit of happiness and true love, much to her big brother's consternation.

A whole new side of Mr. Darcy...

He's the best big brother, generous to a fault. Protective, never teases. But over his dead body is any rogue or fortune hunter going to get near his little sister! (Unfortunately, any gentleman who wants to court Georgiana is going to have the same problem...)

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