By Barbara Cartland
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Jove, but you are quick,' he said. ' Caroline's words were demure. ' Lord Brecon asked. ' Caroline felt the colour fly to her cheeks. ' Caroline queried. 'For me! ' Caroline's eyes were on the spray of honeysuckle which lay on her lap. She picked it up, her fingers playing with it as if it were of considerable importance. ' Caroline asked. 'Of course,' he replied gravely. She looked at him then and laughed. ' 'It is adorable! ' Lord Brecon asked. 'If I can,' Caroline replied, aware that the tone of his voice had changed.
The truth evaded her and there was nothing she could do about it. 'Then, my lord, if you will excuse me,' she said. ' She did not look at him and there was disappointment in her voice. She had moved only a step or two towards the door before he was at her side again and had taken her hand in his. ' he said. 'You won't leave the Castle? ' The words seemed to burst from Lord Brecon's lips, his fingers tightened on hers, and she felt emotion vibrating through him so that she raised her eyes in wonderment to his face.
I have been riding round my estate and thought it was time that I inspected the gardens. ' 'While you have been fault-finding, I, on the contrary, have been admiring your lordship's garden,' Caroline said. ' Lord Brecon said. ' 'Of course,' Caroline answered, extending her hand with a little gesture of invitation towards the stone steps. Even as she did so, she wondered whether as a companion she should not have risen to her feet at Lord Brecon's appearance and dropped him a curtsey. However, it was too late now, and as if to make up for her ill manners she smiled at him very enticingly as he lowered himself on to the step beside her.
A Duel of Hearts by Barbara Cartland