Who would you be more like? Victoria wants to have fun at the ball, but Denise would prefer reading.
(I think I'd prefer reading, but the ball does also sound fun!)
Copyright 2021 Laura Greenwood.
"Are you excited?" Denise asks.
I smile and nod. "What about you?"
She grimaces. "I'd rather spend my time reading a book by the fire."
"Than going out to parties? I've heard they're rather extravagant."
She snorts in a very unladylike fashion. I hope she doesn't do that around potential suitors.
"I don't need to find a husband that way."
"Then how are you planning on doing it?" I ask, genuine curiosity urging me on.
"Maybe I'll simply have Papa arrange a marriage." She turns to her dressing table and opens up her reticule, slipping a small book into it.
My eyes widen. Is she really going to take reading material to a ball? I know better than to ask. The answer is yes, and we both know it. I simply wish she'd take this seriously. If she does something wrong, then it'll ruin both of our chances.
"If Papa arranges it, you'll end up with a boring John or Peter," I insist.
"Father Peter is lovely, Victoria. I could do much worse than marrying a pastor."
My mouth falls open, but I snap it shut quickly. I can't let myself do anything so inproper when there are other people about.
"We're the daughters of a Baron, we can't marry pastors," I counter.
"There are only so many titled fox shifters, some of us have to marry outside of our station." She snaps the small bag shut, as if hoping it'll end our conversation.
"Yes, and that means marrying up not down. We want to elevate our family." How can she be so oblivious to this?
Denise sighs. "I don't know about you, but I want to marry for more than just a title, and I plan on doing just that. You're not going to convince an Earl or a Duke to have you, and we all know you'll never accept a Viscount."
"I can if I can convince everyone I'm accomplished and a worthy wife," I protest, a little upset that she's being so dismissive of me. Does she really think no one will want me?
"You can waste your time all you want, but that doesn't mean I don't think you're wasting your time and mine with this silly notion."
Anger rises inside me, and I close my eyes, trying to count to ten and contain myself before I do something stupid like shift and ruin my new dress.
Paranormal Regency Romance
The Shifter Season is a paranormal shifter romance series set in Regency London. It is set in the Obscure World.
Heat Level: Low - Relationship Type: m/f - Build: Slow - Point of View Character: Single first person POV, changes between books - Cliffhangers: No - Tense: Present
The Lady and the Rabbit is currently part of the Shifting Hearts Anthology.