Courted by Trouble
In Hyacinth, Book Three
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(Stephanie has been living in a small cabin outside of Hyacinth for over a year. In one day, her entire life changes. First, her friend Dora invites her to stay and then… This scene is between Stephanie and Alexander Covington, Sr., head of the town council.)
The snow was falling pretty hard and the tires crunched on the road as they went along. “Stephanie, you probably realize I wanted to speak to you tonight.”
“I figured there was something,” she admitted. He could have had Jerod and Cami pick her up and take her home.
“Christopher Triton has made a request to court you.”
She heard the words but almost wanted him to repeat them. “Did you just say Chris wants to court me?”
“Yes. He made the appeal at the last town council meeting. How do you feel about it?”
“Confused,” she admitted. “I wasn’t sure how he felt about me at all. Wait… appeal?”
“This was his third request,” he admitted. “The first two were categorically denied.”
“Why?” Her breath caught even as she knew it. The council didn’t think she was worth courting. Stephanie was right; they didn’t think of her as a good girl. Her chest tightened as he began to speak.
“He wasn’t ready. We all know you and have watched you grow up into an amazing young lady. We may be a little over-protective of you for what happened to you almost two years ago. His first request was after that first dinner. It was obvious he didn’t take the courting seriously, that he saw it as just dating. So we said no. The second time was after the last dinner. We could tell he understood more and took it seriously, but he had some things he needed to take care of before we would accept his request. Well, he has proven to the council he’s serious. He not only took care of those items, but he has worked hard since he returned to show us how earnestly he takes it and his future role as head of the house. As such, the council is waiting for my word on whether or not to accept the request.”
Stunned, she watched the snow falling around the truck. They turned him down, not because of her, but because of him. And from the sounds of it, he really must like her because he hadn’t taken no for an answer. “What did he need to do?”
“That’s for him to tell you, not us. I just need to know if you’re interested in being courted by him for the next year.”
Smiling softly, she looked over at the man that was probably more her father than the one she used to have. “I like Chris and yes, I would love to be courted by him.”
Looking pleased, Alex Covington nodded. “Good. And I’m glad to hear you will be at Dora’s. I’ve been trying to find a way to get you out of that cabin for months.”
Laughing loudly, she leaned back in her seat. Her whole world was about to change and she was excited.
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