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A bright reflection blinded Selina Fontaine while she placed some
fashion plates back in the window of Madame Follette’s dressmaking shop.
Shading her eyes with her hand, she looked to see what sent that beam of
light in her direction.
A large coach had stopped in front of the shop. Its door, ten feet from the
window, bore a gold and red escutcheon. The afternoon sun’s rays set that
heraldic carving ablaze and the glare ricocheted off the glass in the coach’s
She did not wait to see if the coach had passengers. She strode through
Follette’s street-front shop, to the door that led to the dressmaking chambers
behind it. Once there she entered a fitting room where her patron, Lady
Giles Woodville, waited.
“I am sure these will be perfect,” Lady Giles said, sweeping her hand
over the fashion plates she had chosen for her new wardrobe that were
spread out on the table in front of her. “The dress for the coronation is very
fine, and unobjectionable. Lady Clarice was kind to recommend you.”
Selina quickly stacked the plates. “If you come in the next few days, I
will take measurements and we can discuss materials.”
“I thought we would do that now.”
“I believe your coach has arrived already. The hour is later than we
thought.” It had taken this pretty child three hours to choose the plates.
Selina had fought her every step of the way to make sure she did not pick
the flamboyant designs that appealed to her. She might address her
patroness as Lady Giles, but in her mind she dealt with a schoolgirl named
Edeline, much as Lady Giles’s governess had, not so long ago.
Lady Giles, young, fair, pretty, and spoiled, wavered between
amusement and annoyance that a dressmaker dared interfere with her fun.
She chose amusement. “The carriage can wait, Mrs. Fontaine. Bring me the
materials you recommend for the dinner dress and the court dress.”
“It is not the same carriage that brought you. That was why I thought—”
“It can still wait.” Lady Giles looked less amused.
Selina went behind a curtain to the alcove where they kept samples of
fabrics and trims from the best shops. Many patrons preferred to visit the
drapers and warehouses themselves, but some appreciated this convenience.
She chose quickly. All the while she tried to calm herself. Just because
the state coach had come for sweet Edeline did not mean anything. It had
probably been out and about in town for other purposes, and simply stopped
by to collect some pretty baggage before going home.
Not for the first time she doubted the wisdom of accepting this
commission, however. She had done so against all of her better judgment.
She had only agreed to it because the shop needed both the work and the
prestige. The owner, Sophie-Louise, had given her sanctuary and
employment when she badly needed it. Loyalty dictated she take any work
that would help Sophie-Louise’s daughter Felicity in her current quest to
enhance the shop’s finances.
Nor did she have a good reason for not accepting. None she could share
with Felicity, at least.
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