By Emery Lee
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He must ride! By entering his colt in the running, he had made the second most consequential wager of his life. The first, made nine years ago, had nearly destroyed him. Cheated, deceived, and betrayed, he had lost his love, his livelihood, even his country. And now, on this momentous day, he would finally see if his patiently formulated plan, a plan that had preoccupied both his conscious and unconscious mind for eight long years, would come to fruition. Only through this racing trial and, he prayed, a triumph to follow, could he be made to feel whole again.
Suit yourself, then," Charles replied gruffly, secretly pleased that his flash of brilliance had drawn his cousin out of her melancholia. "You go to the Hall and change into your riding habit. " "You don't understand, Charlotte. This one is of pure racing blood. Even if you attempted to ride her, you'd surely risk your neck. " Charlotte regarded him forlornly. " "Bother," Charles replied, and then surveyed her from head to toe. "Well, we're of a size, I daresay. Have your maid fetch some of my riding breeches.
Just so," Lord Gower agreed. " He eyed Robert curiously. Sir Garfield flushed, but Devington interceded, saving them both from disgrace. "Devington. Robert Devington," he offered with a deferential bow, thankful for having once aped Charles's lessons in etiquette and gentlemanly comportment. The gentlemen's reciprocal nods affirmed that his efforts had passed muster, but his bravado wavered when his lordship prodded further. "What precisely is your kinship to the baronet, Devington? " Devington vowed to stay as close as possible to the truth.
The Highest Stakes by Emery Lee