TITLE: A PROPER SCANDAL
GENRE: Historical Romance
One could say it was a sound carriage. It appeared perfectly capable of transporting its passengers from one point to the next. Its sole problem lay in its destination.
Minnie glanced behind as she made her way down the stone stairs of Miss Martins Finishing School, biting back a smile. The headmistress glared back, her beady eyes watchful as ever.
By some small miracle, the forged letter had worked its magic and allowed Minnie this far, but she worried her pretty lies would rot away as the day grew older to expose the truth.
The aged coachman waited at the bottom of the stairs, extending a shaky hand to help her into the carriage. The blue bag at her feet would do the trick nicely. The others on the roof would need to be lost, a sacrifice for the greater cause at hand.
“Oh,” she cried, her hand at her chest. “There must be another bag inside. I should have two with me in the carriage.”
The coachman stepped back, his hand on the carriage door. “There were only these by the door, miss.” His bushy white brows slanted downward, adding another crease to the wrinkles crowding his face.
“Silly me.” She shook her head, worry washing over her flushed face. “I must have forgotten one in the hall as I made my goodbyes.”
“Of course, miss. Just a moment. Then we will be on our way.”