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Sean sighed. "You aren't supposed to know of Polly at all. " Page 32 "Thank goodness I'm not proper. I love Polly dearly. " "Nice boy," the captain said. " Her face softened as she readily agreed. "I do. I met him in the garden. " The captain chuckled. " "I saved these dances for you," she countered saucily. " He nodded and took her in his arms. "Colonel Webber is dead," the captain informed his daughter, guiding her energetically across the highly polished parquet floor. "Paradise is his grandson.
One column of numbers totaled. Pleased, she stretched to ease the taut muscles of her shoulders. The action pulled the brown-and-gold striped silk of her gown tight across her breasts, outlining their fullness and the natural slimness of her waist. From the darkened doorway, Caleb fought the Page 42 quickening of desire in the pit of his stomach as he surveyed the girl at the desk. She was undoubtedly the most desirable woman he knew. Her soft, rounded body cried out for a man's caresses. He would be a fool not to want her.
If he refused, she was desperate enough to ask Caleb to run away with her. Surely her childhood friend would not refuse her request. Quire's thumb stroked the soft inner side of her arm as he gripped it above her elbow. The caress sickened her. "Leave me alone, William. " She bit each word savagely. " The passion in her voice made the blood rush in his ears as he delighted in his power to raise such a strong emotional response from her. Even hatred. Reveling in her resistance, he forced her out the terrace door into the welcome coolness of the garden, guiding her along the walk away from the lighted windows.