Today I have with me Andrew the impoverished earl from Intentions of the Earl. Though he doesn’t look particularly happy at the moment, he has agreed to come visit with me. Thank you for coming, Andrew.
All right, let’s get down to business.
Business? *arches one dark brow*
Yes, business. I saw you at a ball last night–talking to Gateway.
Yes, well, uh…there’s nothing to discuss.
Yes, there is. What did the two of you speak about?
Nothing that’s fit for a lady’s ears.
Oh, save your chivalry spiel for someone else. I know several not-so-chivalrous things about you already. Now dish the dirt on your conversation with Gateway or I’ll do it for you.
And just why are you so interested?
I just am. And so are our readers.
Well, I’m assuming if they’re readers they’ve probably read all about my unpleasant conversation with Gateway last night.
That may be, but now that you’ve had a night to sleep on it, why don’t you tell us about your plan.
I’d rather not think about it, to be honest.
Because it’s wrong! I have no idea how I’m going to pull this off.
Oh, I’m sure you’ll think of something.
Sure I will. Do you have any suggestions?
Of course I do. But I shan’t reveal them here. Although, I do wonder, do you think there is any possibility of this not working?
No. It’ll work.
You’re rather confident, aren’t you.?
You have to be when you’ve made a bargain with the devil, so to speak.
Hmm, and do you think there’s any chance one of these young ladies may not like you?
There’s always the possibility, I suppose.
How will you handle that?
I’ll have to charm her. There’s nothing else for it.
All right, and what if she does like you and you begin to grow feelings for her.
That will not be happening.
And what makes you so sure?
I just don’t see that as a possibility.
And if it happens?
It won’t. I won’t let it.
As if you can control such a thing. All right, why don’t’ you give us a brief run through of your plan of attack, so to speak.
I have no grand plan. I plan to head to the townhouse the family is staying at just as soon as I’m done here with you, then we’ll see from there.
I guess that’s a start. Do you have an idea how long it will take to see your plan to completion?
I have no idea. It depends on how well she responds to me.
Well, I do wish you the best of luck with your endeavor this morning. Tomorrow I plan to bring the selected young lady in to find out what she thinks of you.
Do you mind saving me a copy of that interview so I have some idea where to start?
Absolutely not. You must find a way to charm her all on your own. Nothing worth having comes easy.
I agree. Especially when it comes to an income.
Quite so. Enjoy your visit with the Banks women–oh, and be sure not to look around their drawing room too much.