Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Short Story Mystery

Sealed and Delivered by Elizabeth Ludwig

Part 2

Lady Manchester’s heart leapt. “What? It can’t be. That stamp has been in my family for generations.”

“A stamp perhaps, but not this stamp,” Jeffrey said, his voice smug.

Resisting the urge to slap the mockery from his face, Lady Manchester whirled to stare at Rochester. “Charles, what do you have to say to all of this?” She gave an irritated wave toward the stamp in Jeffrey’s hand.

“I-I-” Charles stammered.

“Well don’t just stand there,” Lady Manchester demanded with a stomp of her foot. “Come look.”

Stumbling from his seat, Charles scampered across the room to do her bidding. He fumbled to remove his glasses and puffed on the lenses before clumsily replacing them. The room full of bidders watched every move.

Vultures, Lady Manchester thought. Money grabbing leeches. Too bad she needed every one of them.

Stay tuned next week for Part 3 of Sealed and Delivered.
For Discussion: What secret is Lady Manchester hiding that makes her "desperate" for buyers?


ladystorm said...

In desperation she sold the original for money and now she is in need of more money to keep her standing in the community, so she is trying to pon of the fake as a original and pretending no to know that it was a fake. :)

This site is a lot of fun.


Elizabeth Ludwig said...

Glad you like it, Stormi!

I like the way your mind works...stay tuned next week to see if you were right!

susansbooks said...

My name is Manchester, so I am especially interested in this short story. I will go back and start at the beginning. Thanks for making me famous.