Marblestone Mansion (Scandalous Duchess Series) Book 1 (Chapter 5, page 2 of 27)

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"Why me?" McKenna asked, her arm through her brother's as they strolled across the lawn toward the mansion. "I like to eat as well as anyone else."

"Please," he begged, pretending to pout.

"How? They look as though they mean to kill each other."

"If I knew how, I would settle it myself." He grinned, kissed her on the forehead, and went inside.

Several letters and cablegrams arrived, none of which Hannish shared with anyone. One addition to the Mansion was about to make life far less complicated, if not more exciting - wooden telephone boxes were finally affixed to the walls in all the sitting rooms, the study and the kitchen. Alistair delighted in teaching everyone how to use it, since the Scots had used them for months. He explained taking the earpiece off the metal holder, turning the crank to alert the operator switchboard and then speaking into the cone shaped mouthpiece on the front.

Sassy stood behind the others in the kitchen, waited for Alistair to finish giving his instructions and then giggled. "You can hear all sorts of things when you listen in."

Hannish frowned. "But, you'll not do that here, will you, Sassy?"

"Not lest I am asked," said Sassy.

"Unless," Keith corrected.

His corrections always made her glare at him and this time was no exception. "Un…less."

Hannish said, "I assure you, I am the only one who may ask, and you shall never hear me do it. Agreed, Sassy?"

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