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  1. John Palliser

    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    The brush of her fingers against his sent another wave of heat thru his body. Her pout was duly noted and he his a smile. He tossed back the measure in his glass taking a moment to discern the taste of coconut and found it was much to his liking. "Yes." "I have a desire to see your garden in bloom ....." He held her gaze and his grin matched hers. He would let her lead him for now. He picked up the bottle with one hand waiting for her to make her move.
  2. John Palliser

    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    "If it was male and in the wild tis much like a 'tiger' but that hardly fits the whiteness now does it?" He teased her back. "Well for a child 'kitten' would be a fondness bit not a suitable name for a son or daughter." An image of that flashed thru his mind - a small girl like her mother full of Life and a son with his height and manner ...... The servant returned and he was ever glad for that drink as she once again came within touching distance and her eyes went to his mouth as did his to hers. "Garden I think. May I?" He broke their gaze and walked to where the maid stood and poured out a measure into two glasses then turned offering her one. "Leave the bottle" He quietly instructed her servant and if smart that maid would understand to leave. That he had done so he did not think would cause any resistance from the Lady. He was one-minded now and intended to find out which way the wind was blowing. That he would sample and allow her to do the same if she wanted was but the beginning and there was no hurry. No hurry at all.
  3. John Palliser

    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    He could feel the heat that burned between them and the sudden quickening to his groin added torment and all he need do was to inch closer and her mouth would be his to plunder! Her scent wrapped itself into his head and he gave into his needs .... But the spell was broke as she suddenly drew back and looked down giving a laugh as that creature made to climb up her skirts. He then took a step or three back a hand tugging on his collar uncaring if she saw it or not. "Name it?" He drew breath in an attempt to calm himself. "Why not leave it thusly - I can not think of a fitting name better suited." "And as to its feeling it had best get used to taking a second place." He smiled yet he was serious. It would not be allowed to cause any interference again.
  4. John Palliser

    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    It had not occurred to him that the Lady might be wanting him to give voice to his impressions of her house - he had assumed that she would know by his manner. "Well let us hope that she will be as such for as I had said I have no wish to be clawed by her ...." He could not help the slow smile that spread across his face at the double meaning of his words but then he was quick to resume some show of normal. He knew that she knew what they both knew and at some point in the very near future it would be addressed. "A Father? Well I suppose turn about is fair play and so I shall accept that title. And since it was I after all that found her I would not feel right if I left its care to you alone so I shall happily provide you with a small income for its care." He would not take 'no' for an answer and he hoped that she would not fight him on it. if this was a child that we had made together I would do the same but far greater That thought caught him by surprise and for a moment his gaze locked with hers and held only to be interrupted by the return of her servant. "I? Cream? Madam I assure you I am long out of the nursery and so Rum it shall be." He moved to help her up even as she stood his hand lingering on her arm as he drew a breath ...... So close that his mouth had but inches to touch hers and she, if she looked close, would clearly see his eyes darken and a hint of color across his cheekbones.
  5. John Palliser

    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    He thinks that she may be a bit confused in terms of that bodyguard! He will ensure that she will be well protected (as best as can be) but reference checking is not on his own requirement list. He followed her as she moved about issuing her request for the small creature and he wondered if she would sound the same when it was the two of them alone as they climbed the stairs his eyes appreciative of her movements. He looked about the room and he had been right. It was a reflection of its owner - all bright and full of color. All in all not a bad space but a bit too much for his own tastes. But they came from different climes so it would only be a natural thing for her to wish to replicate that here. He resisted the urge to run a finger round his collar instead favoring her with another smile as he moved to her side and carefully took out the kitten. "Poor mite but how well you have behaved - I hope that her manner is fine and lasts for I should not like to face a reign of claws each time I am here." He handed it to her. "Here. Now you have become its Lady Mother." "I hope that this kitten will not be the only one allowed to have refreshment?" He teased so that she would understand he was in no way questing her abilities as a Hostess.
  6. John Palliser

    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    He was glad that she was receptive to his helping her. "I would be far less of a Gentleman if I did not ensure that you have adequate protection. Even tho it steps across the line as it is really not my place." "You are looking at it from the wrong perspective. Servants are always seeking a better angle or place. They are a commodity that is always needed so if you are not here tis easy enough to get taken up by others." "And I shall indeed assist you in this. Allow me to ask around with some that I have acquaintance with at the Red Lion ....." A jolt or two made her adjust her position and it was all he could do to hold back from reaching out. "The Red Lion has its uses." He smiled across at her. "Most up front but many, I suspect, are more nefarious in nature." He had expected to alight first and thus have the chance to help her out but that was crushed by as she led the way. He took note of the butler assessing his body but instantly dismissed it. If THAT was an example of what she had surrounded herself with then it was imperative changes were made! He stood still and took in his surroundings. It was clear that she was a lover of color for inside was another reflection of her Style. He could not help his smile. "I want to see all of it." "For reasons of security ..... naturally."
  7. Before he had set out for his meeting he sat and penned his note He sanded and sealed it. Much rested upon this and he could only hope that he would be received. His skipping the usual way of going there the secretary's and directly to Arlington was a risk but well worth it if he was acknowledge. He gave one of the many boy runners that hung about The Red Lion two pennies to see it delivered to the address he had found. * John Leverett was an English Colonial Magistrate, Merchant, Solider and Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1673-1679) He believed that the colonial government was not with in the power of the English Crown and Government. He also had angered the King in 1677 by purchasing the land claims of Sir Ferdinado Gorges to portions of Maine - a territory which King Charles had intended to acquire for his son the Duke of Monmouth. King Charles had sent his agent Edward Randolph to report back to him on the New England Colonies and it was he who said that "Leverett believed that the Colony of Massachusetts to be beyond the Crown's reach and did say to all and sundry of this and how he would not comply." * Scotland Yard Road is in the St James area of London which in our Game time period houses government buildings and civil servants as it is close to Whitehall. Indigo Jones and Christopher Wren both had residences here. It is called Scotland Yard as it was originally the place where the Scottish Ambassadors were lodged but it was never officially acknowledged as an Embassy. The Lords of Trade had a permanent office here where they held their meetings and where all business relating to The Colonies was handled.
  8. John Palliser

    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    "There is that." he said back in regards to reading. "Although I'd much rather hear stories about the place you come from. And I can tell you more about mine." They jolted about and he used on long leg to brace against the door to keep himself steady. His eyes resting on her assessed but were also watchful. "Alone?" He gave a small frown." How is that in the least safe? How many know that you do so? Do you at least employ several strong men that will readily come to you aid?" "My sister is older than you and I would never think to leave her exposed like that. Why tis a wonder nothing has happened afore now." He would have a good look around and point out to her what needed improvements! That he had no actual right to do so he had not contemplated. "The Red Lion. I have rented rooms there as I do not know how long we shall be here. I have not the means as many other Gentlemen and cannot afford to waste coin. Everything must go into the crops." "I am by no means destitute so do not think I am poorly. Monies are balanced and planned and now there is this inheritance to deal with. I am hopeful that not much will be needed by way of repair to this Manor House I have yet to see."
  9. John Palliser

    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    He held up his hands in a playful manner a chuckle escaping as he answered back "Enough! Enough! I am fully convinced of your capabilities Madam in regards to your own Estate. Thank Goodness it is You that has agreed to assist me for otherwise I might have been saddled with a woman entirely clueless." She agreed to returning to her carriage which he was glad of - being in a small space unobserved might provide for some further bantering. "Well. Another point that I must remember - you do not tire easily and, so it seems, think you can outpace me." Was that a hint of challenge in his voice? "True. Confined spaces for over-long can be most unpleasant but that also depends on ones company." He stood aside as her driver assisted her inside then climbed in after taking the seat opposite hers. "Tis only right that I am seated thus for the roads are awful and I should be at the ready in case you are tossed about - I should hate to see you in any discomfort." Again the play on words and the alluding to being together cloaked under the guise of Politeness. "Have we far to go then? Tell me of where you live - is it arranged as colorfully as You? Do you have others that live there besides servants?" He wanted to know who else might be in residence for that would determine his own manner upon arrival. He reclined comfortably relaxed and somewhat amused .... what a good day this was turning out to be!
  10. John Palliser

    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    He made no outward sign as she once again pressed against his arm but then could not help the half smile that came and went as he looked down at her. "I have yet to discover all those things that make up yourself Madam - but I know already the sense of Theatre plays an important part." "Then I shall speak no more about it. But save to say that you needs must keep a diligent eye on servants - even those you say are Loyal - and you must not allow for unannounced visits to have too great a gap. Tis best to catch any out doing that." "You must not tease tis most unfair. For I must take care to not offend a Lady's sensibilities so if I were to reply in kind, well, I might well be taken down a peg or two." That he WAS teasing she would know by the lack of serious tone to his words. He nodded his head at her acceptance. "Then I shall come for you at half past seven. If I might suggest that you leave off the 'Court Dress' for something more designed for country pursuits." "But I have no doubt that what ere you wear you will look splendid." "I think your carriage. That way I will also know where you live and it will be easily found." "I have a fondness for walking but now I think some less strenuous activity so that I do not tire you out." He would then steer her in the direction of wherever her carriage was.
  11. John Palliser

    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    She agreed to his wanting to continue on and by pass the maze yet he was a bit uncomfortable and so made a mental note to come again soon. "I am very pleased to hear you accept. Perhaps I should have put it another way as 'propesition' this early in our acquaintance could be misconstrued." but I am sure that you would also accept that as well "Do you? Manage it from London then without a Steward? How do you ensure your Authority is there and you are not being cheated? An absent Master runs the risk of loss of property as well as other things." "And no Stweard to oversee allows for all kinds of rif raf to squat and cause damages." "Well you are here in London and they are there - is there not an old saying while the cats away the mice will play?" "A womans touch I think will most assuradely be needed. My Grandfather was a hard hand yet may have softened and I am sure he too must have thought his people were trustworthy". "I but speculate and so you must not take to heart my questions about how you manage." "I have the feeling that you are quite capable in all manner of things." "A picnic?" He stopped and turned to look down at her. "What a good idea. And I am happy to leave it to you." "I shall come and get you .... we must an early start if we are to be back before nightfall." but the idea of the two of us and darkness ..... A quiet 'meow from inside his jacket made him smile and he took the small creature out rubbing it gently with one finger on its tiny head. "I think tis better for it to be in the open don't you? Might it not be better to deliver it to your residence and then I shall take you out for some refreshment." He smiled and his eyes twinkled in amusement. "Is it a great distance? Can we walk there or is a carriage needed?"
  12. John Palliser

    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    "Without. But we shall explore it never fear." "Come let us continue. As you have discovered I am a talkative sort of man and thus walking allows me to think my thoughts." He resumed the slow pace set for her stride and he once again held her arm close to his side. "I have told you of my inheritance but have yet to see it. Here is my proposition and you must not feel obligated. We are after all just new-made friends." "Its a medium sized manor so I've read near Guildford in Surrey. Some distance of three and twenty miles I believe. A few hours by carriage." "Might I make use of your womanly knowledge and ask you to accompnay me? Be an extra set of 'eyes' to find what I may miss. I have been told there is not much needed in repairs but that is on paper and experience has taught me things are never that way in reality." "There has been no authority there for quite some time and for all I know may be well emptied out. I will need to hire a Steward and others to manage inside and out." "And that is where I could use your help." "I had thought Thursday. For tomorrow I must call upon the Lords of Trade and deliver a signed petition and hope that I might meet with Sir Robert Southwell (secretary) or Mr. Williamson (asst secretary) - either man will, tis hoped, grant me an appontment with those that sit on the Lords."
  13. John Palliser

    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    He felt her movements thru his body how could he not. That she, he thinks, would be as willing hightened his senses even more. Yet it also aroused a feeling of protectiveness that had him holding her just a bit tighter. That there would be fire between them he guessed but there was no rush. "I am thankful then that you have an understanding - even tho you have not the knowledge you at least see the dificulties involved." "And I am appreciative to that." "That is an interesting idea - I had given it thought and it could be feasible. The Plantations run well with the Overseerer's and my Lady Mother manages well enough." "My sister here with me is in want of a husband so that will take investigation. As well as what I have inherited." They had arrived at this Maze and she asked if they go together or seperate. It took him by surprise that he had no real desire to now partake of its possibilites. "If I were to suggest that we keep wandering at this lesiure pace would you object?" "I have a proposition to put to you - will you hear it?"
  14. John Palliser

    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    He was all seriousness still but a small quirk of a smile teased at her words of being held close. Time enough to counter. He gently took the creature and saw it placed once again inside his coat with the same gentleness as before. He then took her arm and draped it back inside his in a gesture that was automatic and set their pace again. "The journey here was long and hard and yet had to be done. I can not say how long I shall stay - there are many factors you see least of which is the management of the Estate and then my sister and her wants." "Yet I must not neglect affairs back Home either. I grow tobacco as did my Father. I am responsible for all his lands now as well as my own. Come August and September plants will be ready to harvest. Seedlings were laid down in January and February. After two months have past then we begin to take steps to ensure that the large leaves are only the highest quality. And we must also contend with the dreaded horn worn that can wipe a crop out in less than a week. Once the plants reach six-nine feet they are ready to harvest. But even there we must follow steps - harvest too early before fully matured or peak season has passed then the valus is far less or if they stay too long in the field then they risk being destroyed if a frost comes." He pause both in speech and walking looking down at her sheepishly. "This is what happens when you ask a man his plans - I must beg your pardon." But for John talking like this with her was as natural as breathing a fact that did not escape his notice.
  15. John Palliser

    Lead Me Not Into Temptation | Tuesday April 12, 2 pm

    He knew she was of like mind as she held the kitten close aganist her. "Certanily not." He quietly assured her. "I am not such a man as to be that cold-heated. I would no more toss it away than would you." "Indeed the best place, for now, seems to be within my coat. Will you surrender her back then?" "Trust Me." He held out one hand in all seriousness. "She will be warm and safe I swear it." Even tho she had voiced her thoughts John felt that she was still not convinced that he would not leave it behind.
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