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I took pity on you and have left you the next 400 or so words from last week’s excerpt. As a matter of fact, the first sentence of today’s was the last sentence last week, just to prove it! 😉 I’d love to hear what you think, so feel free to leave comments!
Suddenly the door opened, and Darcy rose to his feet. With a brilliant smile and a warm, bubbling laugh, a young lady entered. With her facial features, she was obviously related to Mrs. Bingley, but where his friend’s wife was fair and willowy, the newcomer was short, dark, and curvy. Darcy found her fascinating. Without realizing it, he was staring. He was startled out of his reverie when Bingley began to introduce him. He strode to his friend’s side, eager to make the lady’s acquaintance.
“Miss Bennet, it is my extreme pleasure to introduce you to one of my greatest friends, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley. Darcy,” Bingley turned toward his friend, “may I present my sister, Miss Elizabeth Bennet of Longbourn. Elizabeth returned just yesterday from an extended stay with relatives.”
Darcy took Miss Bennet’s hand, bowing over it as she curtseyed. He felt a tingle from the point where their gloved hands met all the way to his heart, leading to a wild impulse to kiss that delicate hand. Ever the gentleman, Darcy controlled himself. “I am pleased to make your acquaintance, Miss Bennet.”
Elizabeth blushed at the jolt she received from Mr. Darcy’s touch. She had never felt such a thing in her life and wondered if he experienced it, as well. Remembering herself, she performed her curtsey without faltering. “And I, you. It is good to meet one of my new brother’s friends.”
Before Darcy cold reply, Bingley was ushering them both back over to the chairs by the fire.
“Come, sit, Darcy, here is your tea. Elizabeth, would you like some, as well?” When she consented to receive a cup, he asked her how she was feeling. “Shall we make up some of your special tea, or will you take what the rest of us are drinking?”
“I am only a little tired, so I think I shall drink what everyone else is. Thank you.”
“Excellent! I will return shortly.”
Elizabeth turned her attention to Bingley’s friend who, she noticed, was staring at her again. She had noticed him immediately upon entering the room and was struck by how handsome and noble he looked. His demeanor was somber, however, and she did not understand why he stared. That he must not like her was the only conclusion she could think of, though she could not imagine what she had done to earn his disapprobation. The tone of his voice, when he finally spoke, was more gentle than she expected.
“Were you recently ill, Miss Bennet?”
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