Geraldine arranged her blond curls into a semblance of order; what caused her to accept meeting the Duke? She couldn’t reason her logic; by every argument she considered it was foolish. She knew it then and now. So why follow through with it?
For one, he responsible for her husband’s downfall; that Henry deserved his punishment was certain, but had the Duke’s testimony not been so damning, her husband might have avoided the death sentence. She was left with nothing because of him. Nobody truly expected her to grieve her husband, but she did. Henry had been as good to her as he promised when they were engaged. She knew she owed him her freedom for he ensured the court knew she was innocent of any wrongdoing.
For second, she may be a widow and somewhat of a sheltered hermit but Society still held her to a certain decorum. If anyone of the Set got a hint she met the Duke without a chaperone of any sort, it would lead to gossip, which she didn’t care for nor need. She knew people would be too happy to make much of a meeting between two people who were expected to despise each other. She had no inclination to give the peers another reason to humiliate or ridicule her.
And finally she could guess what Philippa would make of this encounter. She’d known the Duke for almost as long as Geraldine and she’d always fancied the two of them should marry. She knew the moment Philippa heard they met, she would have Geraldine pack her suitcase to settle down with the Duke. Geraldine smiled; Philippa coupe be difficult, vindictive, and manipulative. She was also an inveterate romantic. Her cousin may have married below her station but she did so for love; and she should be envied and admired for it.
However, the Duke may not be; when he was still the Marquess of Clarendon, James’s father demanded he married foreign nobility. Geraldine was well aware the Duke was a widower too; with a child to boot. A daughter with as wild a temper as the Spaniard stallions found in her mother’s homeland. Philippa said no one quite knew how to govern and take care of the girl. Least of all her father who was rumoured to avoid his daughter at all cost.
She shouldn’t go but she accepted and it would amount to insulting one of the most powerful Lords of the realm to recant now. Obviously foolishness wasn’t the exclusive domain of her late husband.
In response to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s prompt Same Same But Different
Your ‘Same Same But Different’ task is to take the five challenge words and NOT use them in your writing. That’s right, you need to dig out your thesaurus and find a synonym for each word instead.
Your words this week are:
1. light, 2. man, 3. handle, 4.wind, 5. bag