A Marriage of His Convenience
Taylor K Scott
Life was a game, a lark, a series of adventures that came from being blessed with my father’s favour.
This ended on my twelfth birthday. Everything changed from simply turning one day older; I could no longer play about with my best friend, Edmund, without setting tongues wagging.
At eighteen, I am still just as awkward in my frills and finery. However, I have my family, while notions of marriage feel like a lifetime away. My big sister, Elsie, is still unmarried. No gentleman would choose me over my perfect sister…would they?
Duty feels like a noose around my neck, squeezing ever tighter the older I become. I promised to continue the Hardy name for the sake of my late mother. There is but one problem, I wish to marry some insipid girl as much as I wish to converse with London’s gentry.
Nevertheless, I will find her, fulfil my duties, then live a life separate from her. She will have the title of a Duchess, in all its grandeur, while I shall remain free from the insufferable pageantry of society. After all, love is but a fairy tale that should remain inside the pages of fiction.
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