By Mary Balogh
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It was, she guessed, meant to be. She smiled—dazzlingly—at him the whole while. He spoke again as the music drew to an end. "Walk out on the balcony with me," he said. " "Coal thickening the blood makes one slow of understanding," he said—in his father's thick north country accent. Lord Huey and Miss Coolidge were beside them and must have heard the exchange. They would be falling all over their feet to return to the sidelines to repeat it, Annabelle thought. "Come anyway," Mr. Mason said. " "An interesting question," she said, "to which I have no definitive answer.
And by whom? " "By Jamie Sewell," she said triumphantly. " He frowned in thought. " Jamie did have a rather toothy smile, which he flashed about frequently when there were young ladies in the vicinity. " He chuckled. " "Oh, Reggie," she said. " His grin held. " "His lips were so dry" she said. "And he pressed too hard. My teeth almost cut the inside of my mouth-" She was aware of the sudden rush of color to her cheeks, and she laughed. What was it about Reggie that made her relax and treat him like her closest friend at the same time as she ached with unrequited love for him?
He asked. "Will you? "I asked first," he said. And then, in a burst of nobility, "But I will answer first. " she said. "Perhaps," he said. " "Well, I won't come here ever again," she cried, and with a wicked laugh she swung her legs over the branch and began to descend. She went down as though she had not a nervous bone in her body. She laughed all the way down. Reggie, feeling foolish and not a little annoyed, went gingerly after her. He went far faster than he would have done if he had been alone.