HONOURABLE LIES Excerpt:
Humphreys stood at the main door on the top step. A carriage pulled by two horses halted on the drive.
Bonnie slipped by Humphreys and made her way to the bottom step. The carriage door opened and Victoria saw a tall young man with a shock of unruly black hair climb out and embrace Bonnie. He was indeed as handsome, perhaps more so than advertised.
The young man reached into the carriage and helped a young lady down the step. Penelope, said Victoria to herself. Next came an older woman. This must be Lady de Mornay. Richard held her hand as she descended from the carriage.
Bonnie hugged Penelope and Lady de Mornay. Richard and the three women climbed the steps.
A black riding boot with a brown top stepped down, followed by the rest of the man. Victoria gasped. She recognised him at once. She could see the ivory Chinaman’s head hanging from his watch chain. He stood on the gravel and then came up the steps behind his family.
He walked with a limp. A limp from when I stabbed him. Will he recognise me? She turned towards the house.
‘Do come in,’ said Bonnie, with her arms around the shoulders of Richard and Penelope.
‘And you can get out of the habit of inviting us into our own house,’ said Lord de Mornay.
Richard shot around, his face flushed and angry. ‘My house, not yours.’
Lord de Mornay huffed and puffed. Richard turned back to walk in with the two ladies.
Victoria looked at Humphreys. He seemed to be smiling as his eyes met those of Lady de Mornay, who quickly averted her gaze.
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