Marblestone Mansion (Scandalous Duchess Series) Book 1 (Chapter 2, page 2 of 23)

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"We ate on the train, but I never seem to get full."

"That be the truth of it," Alistair said, appearing in the doorway. "Sassy makes up for all the meals she missed on the ship."

Sassy narrowed her eyes. "Dinna say all you know right off, Alistair. I hope to charm one or two afore they find out."

"Beggin' your pardon," Alistair said. He winked at Halen and watched her place a bowl of soup and a roll in front of Sassy. "She'll have you cookin' day and night if you let her." He pulled out a chair and sat down opposite Sassy.

Charlotte let Sassy finish a few bites before she asked, "Why do you say he'll not be happy to see his wife when she comes?"

Sassy looked at Alistair's stern expression. "I should not have said it."

"Indeed not," Alistair agreed.

"You know 'tis true, but…" Sassy argued.

Alistair was still frowning. "Sassy, we are not to speak ill of the duchess. Did we not agree?"

"I suppose we did, but…"

"But nothing, Sassy," said Alistair. "Dinna make me talk to Lady McKenna about it."

Sassy rolled her eyes. "As you wish…as you always wish, Alistair." Reluctantly, she went back to eating and kept quiet.

The vast dining room in Marblestone Mansion was more complete than most rooms, with a long oak table, ample tall back chairs, a buffet, and two sideboards. White curtains were tied back on each side of three large windows. A gold-rimmed mantle clock sat on one of the sideboards and two electric floor lamps gave the room plenty of soft light.

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