By Mary Balogh
A Masked Deception
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Her heart had turned over, though that was not the entrance usually used by her husband. The door had opened quietly and Charlotte had entered, carrying a candle. She had still been wearing the green domino, and her mask had dangled from her free hand. "Meg, you were wonderful," she had whispered with enthusiasm. " "No, he did not know me," Margaret had confirmed. "But he was gone such a long while. " Margaret was certainly not going to answer that one truthfully. "He wanted to know who I was," she had replied vaguely.
It covered most of her face, so that she was almost convinced that she would be unrecognizable. Almost convinced, but not quite! For the last three veeks, Margaret had been plagued by doubts as strong as her excitement. She was largely convinced that Richard would pay her no attention at all. Why should he? He had had—and probably still had—dozens of lovely women. Why should he remember one girl whom he had kissed and fondled for a half-hour six years before? She would be disappointed to be totally ignored.
Margaret smiled dazzlingly, fluttering her fan briskly, and forced a spring into her step as she approached him along the path. " he said, reaching out both hands to grasp hers. "Ah, monsieur, you came," she said brightly, tapping both his outstretched palms lightly with her closed fan. " "But yes, monsieur," she answered pertly. " "Ah, but it would not be hard to be faithful to you, I think, little wretch," he said, and he grasped her elbow lightly and began to stroll with her down the path in the direction from which she had come.