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   Chapter 10 Painful feet and the dance

Loving Lily- Sequel to Loving River By LadyRosabella Characters: 8297

Updated: 2017-12-20 16:02

Lacey nearly groaned aloud as she followed Rhett through the the dark woods. Her shoes were rubbing her feet so badly. She never had problems with her shoes at home. They were elegant enough so as to not detract from the feminine dresses she often wore. At home she would often were a leather slipper to protect her feet in the house. Her father never complained about the habit. Hidden beneath her dress, he rarely saw her feet. Now however, Lacey longed for the soft comfortable leather slippers. Every step became more painful then the last. She was way past limping. Her feet and ankles hurt so badly, she wasn't sure she even had skin left.

Rhett glanced over his shoulder. Lacey's habit the past two days was to walk beside him, sometimes even holding his hand as they moved toward the small town her sister lived in. Though he had set a brisk pace, she hadn't complained and managed to stay with him quite well. Now however, she seemed to have fallen behind. Several times, in the past night he had asked if she wanted him to slow the pace. Eager to reach her older sister, Lacey had declined and urged Rhett not to worry about her but to keep going.

Now, with dawn nearly upon them, Rhett noticed that Lacey was more then a little behind. She was nearly a quarter mile behind him. Changing direction, Rhett ran to Lacey. "Now don't argue with me. You are tired." He said as he put an arm around her shoulder in support.

Thankful for the aid, Lacey leaned against him. "I'm not tired." She stubbornly insisted.

"Then what's the matter, Lacey? You kept up beautifully with me before." Rhett said, turning her, he pulled her closer to embrace her.

Lacey leaned her cheek against his massive chest and breathed deeply of the scents she associated with this brave man. "It wouldn't be proper for me to tell you." She mumbled.

"What?" Rhett leaned down trying to catch the words she had mumbled into his chest.

"It isn't proper for me to mention what's slowing me down." Lacey repeated as she glanced up into his eyes.

"Nonsense." Rhett corrected. "We gave up formalities the first day of our meeting. Lacey, if something is wrong, I need to know about it so I can assist you."

"I don't think there is much you can do about it."

"Are you ill?" Rhett's brows puckered in worry.

"No. feet hurt."

"Sit down and take off your shoes." Rhett instructed leading her over to a grassy patch.

"Rhett!" Lacey gasped pulled her hand from his. " I can

I was headed to your house. I was hoping to see you. When I noticed a person wandering the streets at dark I was just sure it had to be you." He paused, when he spoke again, his voice was very soft. "I was afraid that I would never see you again. So I followed you."

"I like that you followed me." Lacey whispered.

Rhett's head came up, surprise in his eyes. "You do?"

"Yes. You're my favorite dream."

"You dream of me?"

"Ever since The Codsworth ball. You danced with every lady except me."

"You were the one I wished to dance with most."

"Then why didn't you ask me? I longed... Hoped all night that you would ask me. That one dance with me and you wouldn't desire any other attentions."

"Lacey. You sound as if you're declaring yourself."

"Nothing comes from keeping your desires bottled up within yourself. I wish, the night of the Codsworth ball, I wish I would have ignored the proper way and simply asked you to dance."

"I didn't know... I was afraid, afraid to ask you. I thought you would refuse me. The others I danced with, I was attempting to bolster my courage to ask you. Just when I thought I might, I looked and couldn't find you."

"I lost hope. My father was drunk. I thought you wanted nothing to do with me because of him, so I took him home."

"I would be perfectly content to dance only with you for the rest of my life."

Tears of delight pricked Lacey's eyes as she leaned forward and pressed her lips against his in a kiss so sweet so entirely delightful she was sure that if he hadn't been holding her, her knees would have surely given out.

"Let's get you to the doctor." Rhett breathed.

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