Thursday, August 03, 2006
New Beginning 38
Billows of steam enshrouded the train platform; a gray fog covered the depot, then embraced the cold night air becoming an icy mist—a silent reminder that winter was not ready to quit this high country. The passenger from Compartment 19 shivered in the chill damp as the conductor helped her from the train. Other passengers had met family or friends, then disappeared through the mist.
"Anyone coming to meet you?" asked the conductor.
A shadowy figure emerged from the mist. "Miss Vandermere?"
Uneasy, Lily Vandermere tried to remain calm. All she could see was a tall, husky man draped in a black duster, one of his hands swiftly removing his hat.
"Ah, Mr. Stewart—well, Miss, you couldn't be left in better hands, especially on a night such as this," said the conductor. "Safe journey to you, then."
"Your bags are loaded on the coach, Miss Vandermere. If we are to get to White Oaks on time, we'll need to leave as soon as possible. Been a bit stormy hereabouts lately and we'll be lucky to get there in three days."
"Three days?" Lily flipped her long, auburn tresses pertly over one fur-enshrouded shoulder. "Alone on the journey with you?"
"Fear not for propriety," said the shadowy Stewart. "I shall ride nearby, on horseback."
"Oh, no, please," said Lily, fluttering feather-duster eyelashes. "I could not condemn you to the cold and wet mist while I am warm and dozing in the carriage."
And besides, her inner voice whispered, three days without fresh blood would dry out my dewy complexion beyond bearing.
Opening: KVberg.....Continuation: J.E. Barnard
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