Thursday, September 18, 2014
Friday Freebits with Ginger #frifreebits
At almost the same moment that she walked past, he stepped onto the wooden walkway and made eye contact. He touched his wide hat brim and smiled. For a second, his blue eyes held her captive.
Suddenly, the weight of the tray she carried tripled and her breathing quickened.. Her cheeks warmed at the crooked smile that told her he knew she'd been staring at him. In her haste to escape the embarrassment behind the bank's doors, just a few steps away, she caught her heel in a large knothole. She tried to recover gracefully but fell flat on her bottom with a resounding plop. Her dignity suffered as she realized how pitiful she looked with her father's lunch spilled all over her. Luckily, most of the mashed potatoes and gravy landed on the ground, but the vegetables and ham slices filled her lap.
Before she could stand, he knelt at her side, plucking green beans from her dress. "Are you all right ma"am?" His quivering lips failed at masking his desire to laugh.
She'd just made a fool of herself in front of the most handsome man she'd ever seen. Of course she wasn't all right What must he think?
Managing a weak smile and struggling for some semblance of composure, she accepted his proffered hand. While avoiding his gaze, she nervously smoothed wet wrinkles from her dress. "Yes, I'm fine," she croaked. "Thank you for your help." Her voice trembled in unison with her insides.
I've just taken a passage from the start of the novel, where Cecile Palmer meets her future husband...oh, but her fate takes an unusual turn which I'll get to during the course of the next few offerings. In the meantime, if you want to take advantage of a great sale, you can find Destiny's Bride on my Amazon page.