Deceived by Mary Balogh

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Completely ruined it if she died. Christopher would be a murderer. He was already a kidnapper. " he asked with sudden viciousness, glancing over his shoulder, Mrs. Clavell, the housekeeper, entered the room at that moment with a bowl of steaming water and cloths and towels, and a flannel nightgown over her arm. She clucked her tongue at the sight of Elizabeth's inert form, acknowledged her master's return home only with the demand that he leave the room or at least step aside while she put the poor lady comfortable, and turned her attention to the bed and its occupant.

It was only after she was out of his arms and inside the carriage that he felt himself shaking with the realization that she was Elizabeth, that he had seen and touched her again, that he had put an effective stop to her wedding, that she was his, in his power, at his mercy. He shook and felt cold despite the April sunshine. The night in London and the early morning had been incredibly busy while he and Antoine put into effect the hastily concocted plan, acquiring horses, a carriage, and suitable clothes, packing their own belongings, effecting the daring visit to the Duke of Chicheley's house to collect Elizabeth's trunk ready for the wedding journey—or so Antoine had said, posing as a servant of Lord Poole.

Learning that if she did not come to depend upon herself, she could depend upon no one else. Except Martin, of course. She could always depend upon Martin, though even on him she would not lean any longer. It was not fair. She had learned through long years of suffering to be her own person. And now she was to be put to the test. She could not at the moment decide her own destiny, it was true. But she would not panic or grovel or plead. She swallowed as the carriage slowed. It must be late afternoon again.

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