By Patricia Cabot
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Wasn’t possible there might be an emotional cause? But Payton had indignantly denied any such possibility, and put it down to a bad batch of oysters she'd consumed in Havana. She would continue to do so too until the day she died. “We were in London,” Payton explained, keeping her voice aw enough so that she would not be the recipient of any more disapproving stares from her sister-in-law. “We'd just got back from the West Indies run. Drake had—I mean, Captain Drake—had learned upon our docking that his brother had died, and he was supposed to meet some solicitors at an office ear Downing Street.
The old woman beside Payton, however, seemed to possess not the slightest qualm about conversing during Miss Whitby's musicale. ” The old lady's hands—which were quite elegant, despite their being flecked with age spots—clutched the handle of an ornately carved ebony cane. ” Payton, recovering herself, nodded. “Yes, ma'am,” she whispered. ” The old lady flicked the songstress a skeptical glance. “I never heard of anyone called Whitby. ” Payton had to lean close to the old woman's shoulder in order for her whispered responses to be heard.
Payton nodded. “Well, if you mean that I believe there's no job a man can do that a woman can't do as well or better, then yes, I suppose I do. Ross says I oughtn't get my hopes up, but I fully expect that for my birthday next month, I'll be given a ship of my own to command. I'm hoping for our fastest clipper, the Constant, but I suppose I could settle for something a little older, to practice on, you know, until I—” The old lady gave the floor a sharp rap with her cane. Fortunately Miss Whitby was too absorbed in her performance to notice.
An Improper Proposal by Patricia Cabot