Thursday’s 300: Darcy’s Perfect Present #7

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Here’s another excerpt of my Christmas story! It’s probably going to be the last. The story is done and I’m completing edits on it in between writing sprints on my NaNo story. Next week, I’ll have 300 words of a new Regency story.

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Less than a quarter hour later, Elizabeth finally appeared. “Happy Christmas, everyone! I hope you slept well?” She proceeded to the sideboard to choose a muffin and pour herself some tea while the others returned her greetings. Turning around again with her teacup in one hand and plate in the other, she examined the table for a moment before walking around to sit beside Darcy.

“I hope you had a restful night of sleep, Mr. Darcy,” she stated as the footman pushed her chair in. She picked up the napkin beside her place, opened it and laid it on her lap before cutting her muffin in two.

“I did. Christmas Eve is a favorite of mine. I love the church service and waking to celebrate the birth of the Savior.”

“I, as well. It does not hurt that I know I will receive a present today, though.” Elizabeth winked at her sister as she spoke, causing the whole party to laugh.

“I do not know why you think you deserve a gift, Sister. You have been nothing but trouble for months, you know.” Jane’s tease was supplemented with a lift of her brow that was very much like the one Elizabeth used to such great effect.

“Oh, indeed,” Bingley chimed in. “A grumpier person I have yet to meet. Why, you are worse than Darcy on a rainy Sunday when there is nothing to do!”

Darcy blushed, uncomfortable with the exposure his friend’s jest brought him. He was relieved when Elizabeth turned the attention away from him again. He caught her eye as she spoke, certain her expression held sympathy for his embarrassment. He gave her a grateful smile.

“I do have a gift for you, Lizzy, as usual. I think, though, that we should exchange them later. I suspect you might be occupied for an hour or two this morning.” Jane winked at her sister, laughing to herself at Elizabeth’s bemused expression.

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