Gisel bit her lower lip as she remembered the parting words her mentor had uttered. Yes, destiny could be playful, but this man in front of her certainly had nothing to do with destiny. Alexis Reuben was feared by the ton, grimaces and scowls following him in his wake. And for good reason, the scoundrel had taken no less than ten wives this year, one after the other. Women who all died mysteriously. Ladies of reputable families, maids and even beggars on the street. As long as he fancied their appearance, they became his companion. And now this scoundrel was setting his sights on her. Gisel wanted to scowl. But she was in the presence of the head maid and the lady of the house so she refrained herself. It had been three years since she had taken Marquess Randalph up on his offer of adoption. Before becoming lady Gisel of the house of Randalph, she was Rowena, a maid rescued from danger in the forest near the marquess's summer estate. She had been grateful since then. And had even swore her loyalty to the Marquess. How foolish had she been at the time.
The tone drew her back from her reminiscing and she offered a polite smile.
- Yes mother.
- Were you listening to what the baron has been saying? The marchioness asked from behind her fan.
Tch. If it wasn't for the marquess's gambling, we wouldn't be here with baron Reuben of all people. Gisel thought. Before smiling even wider.
- Baron Reuben wishes to marry me, is that correct?
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