Chapters of Tempting Mr. Darcy

Chapter 3 – Tempting Mr. Darcy – Steamy JAFF Novella

The sitting room of Longbourn was a flurry of activity while Mrs. Bennet held court. Lydia and Kitty squabbled over a bonnet, their high-pitched bickering providing a counterpoint to their mother’s ceaseless chatter. Elizabeth sat quietly in a corner, an unusual scene that did not escape Jane’s notice. “You’re quiet today,” Jane observed softly, her gentle eyes filled with concern as she sat next to Elizabeth. Elizabeth sighed, tugging at the edge of her skirt…

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Chapters of Tempting Mr. Darcy

Chapter 2 – Tempting Mr. Darcy – Steamy JAFF Novella

In the Long’s ballroom, Elizabeth Bennet’s eyes, alight with a resolute twinkle, scanned the crowd for the imposing form of Mr. Darcy. His brooding countenance stood stark against the thrumming energy of the party, his silence a barrier that few dared to breach. She felt a twist of frustration knot in her stomach. “Mr. Darcy is proving more obstinate than I had anticipated,” Elizabeth confessed to her confidante, Charlotte Lucas, as they watched from the…

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Chapters of Tempting Mr. Darcy

Chapter 1 – Tempting Mr. Darcy – Steamy JAFF Novella

Entering the thrumming heart of Meryton Assembly, Elizabeth Bennet’s pulse quickened with an intoxicating mix of anxiety and anticipation. The hall buzzed with the news that Netherfield Park’s newest residents would be attending, and Elizabeth found herself eagerly scanning the crowded room for unfamiliar faces. Sir William Lucas, as ever, became the beacon of the ballroom the moment he entered. “Good evening, Mrs. Bennet, what a pleasure it is to see you and your charming…

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Chapters of Spooks and Suitors

Chapter 4 – Spooks and Suitors – Lighthearted Halloween Pride and Prejudice Variation

#chapter 4The Bennet ladies were startled from their morning reading in the parlor by an eager knock. Moments later, their servants ushered in Mrs. Lucas and Charlotte, both bearing delighted smiles.“Jane, Lizzy! How good it is to see you again so soon,” exclaimed Charlotte, embracing her friends.Mrs. Lucas nodded graciously to Mrs. Bennet. “Thank you for receiving us, I hope we are not intruding.”“Not at all! Do make yourselves comfortable.” Mrs. Bennet gestured hospitably to…

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Chapters of Spooks and Suitors

Chapter 3 – Spooks and Suitors – Lighthearted Halloween Pride and Prejudice Variation

#chapter 3The carriages rolled up the drive to Netherfield Park well past midnight, the riders inside weary from the evening’s merriment. Under the glow of the full moon, the great house cast ominous shadows as the party alighted and made their way silently indoors. They gathered in the parlor to discuss the evening’s events over glasses of port and sherry.“Well Bingley, I take it you enjoyed yourself?” remarked Mr. Hurst, stifling a yawn as he…

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Chapters of Spooks and Suitors

Chapter 2 – Spooks and Suitors – Lighthearted Halloween Pride and Prejudice Variation

#Chapter 2The next day, the day of the Meryton assembly arrived, and the Bennet household was abuzz with anticipation. Mrs. Bennet fluttered about ensuring every detail of her daughters’ dresses and hair was just so, determined that they should make a favorable impression on the Netherfield party. “You must mind your manners and dance with whoever asks,” she lectured as their carriage rattled towards town. “And smile! We must convince these gentlemen you are the…

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Chapters of Spooks and Suitors

Chapter 1 – Spooks and Suitors – Lighthearted Halloween Pride and Prejudice Variation

#chapter 1It was a truth universally acknowledged that Netherfield Park was haunted. Or so the rumors in Meryton insisted. Ever since the estate had sat vacant these last five years, tales of ghostly happenings and strange noises in the night had spread through the village like wildfire. Now, with the arrival of Mr. Bingley and his party to take up residence, the speculation only increased.On their first morning in the grand house, talk turned to…

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