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Romance
(Fic)
One Fine Beast
by Elizabeth Courtright

Chapter 1

August 1885

The walls of the hospital corridor were stark white, blindingly so, but they didn’t bother him anymore. Neither did the tangy, overpowering smell. He was used to it. He’d been here five long months. This morning they’d taken his ...





Chapter 2

1888, Three years later

She was crazy—absolutely crazy—for taking this job! Lilly Hawthorne glanced at the man seated next to her driving the well-appointed buggy. He was friendly enough and had been rather amusing, in a shy, boyish sort of way when he’d interviewed her.
...





Chapter 3

The seven o’clock dinner hour was fast approaching. Lilly hadn’t changed her dress, but she had unpacked her trunk. For the last half hour she’d been sitting in her new bedroom in front of the vanity mirror, wondering why she’d been so stupid...





Chapter 4

“It’s okay,” Charlotte said as she moved closer and closer to that ominous door. “He doesn’t mind. You only have to knock in the middle of the night and in the morning.”
It was Thursday, Lilly’s third full day at Drayton ...





Chapter 5

The sleek, black carriage lumbered along the dirty, rutted streets of downtown Havertown. Inside, Gabriel Drayton pressed his palm firmly into the seat beside his hip. It had been a long week, one that put him behind and caused him to miss deadlines he couldn’...





Chapter 6

After the scolding from her employer, Lilly awakened determined to begin Charlotte’s schoolwork. As the day unfolded, however, she realized the task might not be as easy as she’d thought. Charlotte wouldn’t cooperate. She didn’t want to learn...





Chapter 7

The next morning Lilly almost missed breakfast. She’d been waiting to hear Charlotte’s knock on her father’s bedroom door, but it never came. In a hurry, she left her room and didn’t see what was on the floor in front of her door until she st...





Chapter 8

It was dark when Molly Finch donned her long cloak and slipped out the back of the townhouse. She had plenty of time, but she hurried anyway, crossing the street to a side avenue. The cool night air whipped through her cloak and she shivered. She didn’t like b...





Chapter 9

Lilly’s visit with Julie over the weekend turned out to be not nearly as relaxing as she’d hoped it would be. Other than Julie bemoaning how much she missed her irresponsible husband, Jason, her sister seemed healthy enough. The creditors, however, were ...





Chapter 10

Gabriel’s sixth destination was one he’d never been to before. He’d never been in this part of town either. Withers opened the carriage door and Gabriel glanced around before stepping out. The day was cooler. Once he was on the street, he drew his ...





Chapter 11

Lilly knocked on the door to the study at precisely five minutes to three. There was no answer. Pacing the hallway outside of it, she waited and waited, and all the while her employer’s caustic, Try not to be late! replayed in her head.
A half an hour later...





Chapter 12

Like the week before, on Saturday Lilly and Charlotte headed to town. Withers dropped them off near the shopping district so they could walk along Market Street and peruse at their leisure. For lunch they stopped in a tea shop—the one Susan had recommended. Af...






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