Good morning! As promised, today I will be interviewing Robbie Swift, Madison’s former love interest. Fortunately, I was able to intercept him before that fateful ball so we’ll be able to ask him about his motives for coming to England and what he hopes to accomplish. Good day, Robbie, it sure is windy out here on the ship deck.
You’ll get used to it. I take it you haven’ t done much sailing.
Not hardly. A few ferries and speedboats, nothing like this before.
Right, um never mind, it’s nothing for you to worry about. Anyway, my aquatic background isn’t the point of our discussion. Let’s talk about Madison Banks, shall we? What’s your plan where she’s concerned?
I’m not sure exactly.
What do you mean you’re not sure?
Just that. I’ll figure out a plan once I get there. I’m not too worried about it.
No. Not in the least. Madison loves me. She always has. She’ll come around.
You seem rather confident, sir.
But what if she’s found another? It has been over a year, you know?
I never thought of that. But it’s not likely. I was her first love. Her true love. In the unlikely event she’s found another suitor to amuse herself with, she’ll throw him over soon enough.
Tell me, sir, what makes you think you are worthy of her?
Because she once loved you?
And I her.
You have a rather strange way of showing it, don’t you think?
No. I don’t think so.
But you threw her over for another.
Ah, but that was before.
Before I realized I loved her.
So you’re saying during that five years you courted her you didn’t love her?
Yes. No. I don’t know . Does it matter? I love her now.
Do you, or do you want her now because you can’t have her?
I have no idea what you mean. But I do mean to have her. One way or the other, she’ll be mine.
But aren’t you forgetting something?
I don’t think so.
Hmm, what about a small detail?
Do you always speak in wriggles?
Do you mean riddles?
Yes, those. Can’t you just come out and say it?
I was under the impression you threw her over for another woman, one named Miss Small.
Oh, her. No matter on that score.
And why not?
That’s not important. Do you have any other questions? Because if not I’d like to go the galley and eat.
Of course I have more questions! Everyone wants to know the dirty details of your relationship with Madison and since you have no plans to spend the rest of your voyage forming a plan to appeal to her, you can talk to me.
Fine. What do you want to know?
The details of your relationship with Madison!
Well, there’s not much to say that you don’t already know. We grew up together and were even childhood playmates seeing as my family attended her father’s church. As we got older, her feelings changed. They weren’t so friendly.
She was all right I suppose. Far too beautiful for her own good, to be sure. Of course she had a few unsavory tendencies that she learned from her hoyden older sister, Brooke.
You don’t like Brooke?
Not in the least. The less I think of her the better. She was always interfering in our relationship.
Did she have call to interfere?
I’m not quite sure what you mean.
Never mind. All right, so you started courting Madison, then what?
Well, we courted. That’s what.
Yes, but then it ended.
Yes, yes, it did. But that couldn’t be helped at the time. But now, I’ve come to reclaim her.
And you really think this will work?
I’m certain of it.
Well, there you have it, folks. A very optimistic Robbie Swift is on his way to reclaim the woman he claims to love. In a week, we’ll find out if his efforts will be successful or not. Don’t forget you can go have a peek at the new cover here and find out how to win a free copy here.