Darcy vs Bingley ~ A Pride and Prejudice Variation
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Foreshadow of Things to Come
“Sweetheart, I’m only going to stay for a few minutes, but I wanted to apprise you that my solicitor is drawing up the settlement papers. If I am moving too quickly, please let me know, but I would like to ask your father’s blessing as soon as possible. Bingley mentioned that he is quite in love with your eldest sister and wishes to be able to announce his engagement at his ball.”
“Oho, Mr. Darcy. You would ask for my father’s blessing even before asking me? Tsk, tsk.”
And he couldn’t resist those kissable lips and proceeded to brush his lightly over hers until she gently grabbed his face and let him know how she felt.
“I cannot stay, Elizabeth. I would hate for your father to reproach me for not adhering to propriety any more than I have.” Getting on one knee, he took her hand in his and asked, “Will you make me the happiest man on earth by becoming my wife, Miss Elizabeth?”
“My family—and yours, I daresay—will proclaim that we are candidates for Bedlam, but my answer is yes. I feel as if I have known you forever, and I don’t believe I could live without you.”
As he pulled her to her feet to give her another toe-curling kiss, the skies opened up pouring rainwater down the front of her dress and the back of his neck despite his cravat. A cloudburst on the scale of the Noachian flood struck both and soaked them within seconds. “Come. We need to get you back to Longbourn.”
“Oh, but not the way we came up. I got caught like this before and slipped as I was descending. There are too many rocks this direction, and I had bruises for three weeks. This way is more of a gentle incline, and if we lose our footing, it is much better for going down. Just mud.” Laughing aloud, she led him to the side of where they had been sitting and through a narrow place in the rocks. “It should be an easy descent if we can stay on our feet.”
“Oh, doubting one. I am very sure on my feet. Take my hand, and I’ll get us down.”
“Oh, no, Mr. Darcy. The footing can be treacherous here, and it would be best if we make our way down separately.”
“I bow to your experience, and I will let you be my guide.”
As Elizabeth started down the slight incline, she could feel her boots start sliding. “Beware, William, it is getting slick rapidly.” She had barely said the words when her feet slipped, and she went down the side of Oakham Mount with a shriek.
“Elizabeth!” Darcy panicked then he went down as well.
Gianna Thomas Bio
Although a writer of sweet+ Regency romance, Gianna Thomas, a native Texan, doesn’t hesitate to tackle some of the grittier events in life. Even back in Regency times, the world of that day experienced war, hatred, prejudice and crimes against women. And, we even see those things today. It seems that people don’t change.
Romance, especially Regency romance, really appeals to Gianna, and she loves writing about it whether Pride and Prejudice variations with Darcy and Elizabeth or love stories involving dukes and duchesses. And she is a prolific reader of Regency romance as well.
Gianna discovered Pride and Prejudice, and its many variations, what ifs and fan fiction. She was totally fascinated by the variety of plots that eager authors had utilized. After reading nearly 400 variations and fan fictions, Gianna now had P&P plots running through her head. She finally decided that they needed to be put to paper (today, on the computer), to see how they would develop. She has an absolute ball in writing about Darcy and Elizabeth and is pleased with how things developed. Her goal will always be to entertain and touch hearts. Hopefully, with her first rendering, Pride and Prejudice: Darcy Chooses, she achieved that goal.
More recently, Gianna started looking beyond Pride and Prejudice, with her first foray into Regency Romance generally, with The Four Lords’ Saga Series. She is finding that she loves all the lords, their ladies, and their families, and writing about them is one of the most fun-filled adventures she’s ever been on. There are four books in the initial series, then there will be other novellas/short stories concerning the lords and their families. There’s nothing better than to read and write about handsome bad boys who change their wicked ways for their ladies. And the four lords fit the bill perfectly. Join the many who will learn why four confirmed bachelors decide, unexpectedly, to seriously consider marriage after escaping parson’s mousetrap for years. You will love the reason why.
And for P&P fans, never fear. There will be more Darcy and Elizabeth as well, mostly in the form of novellas and short stories.
Learn more about Gianna and her Regency Romance writings on her website
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