Marnie found me in a corner where I’d begun to collect attention. I knew that I was supposed to be sweet and innocent. I knew it wasn’t supposed to be drawing the attention of everyone in the room. After all, this was my brother’s day. I wasn’t here to pick out a new husband. But I had my options. And a lot of them, apparently.
Marnie grabbed me firmly by the arm and told me to say goodnight to the nice young men. I curtsied in the slightly mocking way that let everyone know I was leaving under duress, a sure fire way to let all those men that their interest would continue to be appreciated. And even though Marnie knew that was what was happening, she couldn’t say anything without getting making herself look foolish. So—she lead me from the room with increasing irritation. “Nothing good is going to come from or for you in this world, Miss Elena. Mark my words,” she scolded quickly.
“Don’t worry, Marnie. I don’t want those boys to do anything good to me.” I snipped back. Marnie said nothing else as she locked me away in my room. I’d wait a little while before picking the lock and letting one of those lovely men in. What Marnie didn’t know wouldn’t hurt her.