The Charade – Part 6

I have continued the short story, I still have little idea where it’s going but I will add to it from time to time and hopefully we might have a bit of storytelling going on. If you would like to add to it or give the next part some direction, please feel free. I just thought we could have some fun with it. So what happens next?

If you want to catch up on the entire story just go to The Charade on the website where the chapters are gathered together.


Chapter Six.

The drawing room was warm, the fire must have been lit early in the day. Mr James stood before the fireplace looking less than pleased.

“Please sit.” He commanded. She did as she was instructed in the nearest seat she could see. She had no idea what had darkened his mood. “I hear you enjoyed yourself last night.” He paused. “Mr Ward seemed very taken with you. Did you go home with him?”

“No Sir.” Now she thought she understood. “I went straight home, alone.”

“Good, good.” He seemed relieved. “I don’t want anyone getting the wrong idea about my girls.” His look softened a little. He was a handsome man, some of her friends described him as a dandy, always well dressed and well groomed. She thought she would take a chance.

“Did you manage to find out anything about my family Mr James?” She waited hopefully whilst he paused and thought up an answer, she was convinced he knew something, just from the look that passed over his face. He distracted himself by putting is hand in his pocket and handing her a sovereign. She was stunned. “A sovereign!”

“You did well last night, you deserve it.”

She was pleased this was more than some people with a family to keep, made in a week. Much to Mr James pleasure it had worked and her mind was off trying to find her family. There was a knock at the door. “Goodbye.” He said. She left the room and returned to Kathy in the kitchen, giddy with the amount of money she had in her pocket, she could pay her rent and still treat herself to something nice, maybe a new piece of ribbon for her treasured necklace too.


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