TITLE: A Mad, Wicked Folly
GENRE: YA Historical
1909, Edwardian England. 17-year-old Victoria Darling wants to tell her art model, William Fletcher, that she's fallen in love with him but she can't find the words so she says it with a kiss.
"I wish to tell you something, Will."
He stopped lacing his boots. "Go on then."
"I want to say..." My voice came out high and squeaky.
"Vicky, you all right? You're flushed---"
I waved my hands at him. "Just shush and let me say this. I....I...." Oh, to hell with it! I plopped down on the bench beside him, put my hands behind his neck and kissed him.
Will made a garbled noise and pulled away. "Vicky, what the devil are you doing?"
"Kissing you." I felt uncertain. "Isn't it obvious?"
He looked at me for a long moment. "Well, do it again so I can be sure."
And so I did.
He didn't pull away this time. Instead he cupped my face gently in his hands and his lips opened with mine. His mouth tasted sweet, like the red wine we had shared earlier.