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To Be A Rake No More

By Vanessa E. Silver

Published by Vanessa E. Silver at Smashwords

Copyright 2018 Vanessa E. Silver

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Chapter 1

‘Come on Lawrence surely one of these beautiful women in this ballroom must be catching your eye?’

‘I am sorry to disappoint you Duncan, but I am not remotely interested in anyone here,’ I glanced around the large room of elegantly dressed women casually, before drinking deeply from my glass.

‘Really…so not even the lovely Miss Benedict who has been batting her eyelashes at you all evening trying to get your attention or the more sophisticated Miss Brown who greeted you rather enthusiastically earlier tonight cannot tempt you?’ Duncan would not let it go as he continued to question me about my disinterested behaviour.

‘Look I have no time for immature young women who have barely left the schoolroom, it is just too arduous having to start from scratch to teach them how to please me, no matter how attractive they appear.' I looked at the very young and pretty Miss Benedict shaking my head instinctively when I imagined all the negatives I had outlined in pursuing her before turning to the attractive redheaded Miss Brown to the right of me with equal disapproval.

‘And neither am I in the habit of getting involved with crazy, hot-headed women who one minute want you to make love to them all night and the next they are making a big scene and won’t leave your side till you have given them a promise of marriage. No, I am feeling very well keeping to myself, for now at least thank you!’

‘Why did Miss Brown go all crazy on you? You did not disclose such details previously to me?’

‘No of course not, I am far too wise to let that happen to me. I have never had anything to do with Miss Brown and don't intend to either in the future. I just know her sort that’s all, I can see the tell-tale signs from my past experience.'

‘Well your right on that one, you certainly have had plenty of experience in your past when it comes to the gentler sex I will give you that one!' I looked on at Duncan with bemusement as he chuckled at me before continuing to speak on.

'But you are only partially using it now to aid you. Your reputation as a handsome rake will be tarnished, and the ladies disappointed no doubt.’ Duncan teased me, but I was not amused finding myself bored and in a generally bad mood.

‘I am sure the ladies of the ton will recover and find another rake to keep them entertained tonight, but I for one would like to retire from my unwanted title.’

‘Lawrence what’s happened to you, ever since you got back from your summer retreat you have been acting differently. Did anything happen in my absence?’

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