The house was gorgeous as the hanson pulled up into the circular drive. The horses were a bit restless in the blowing snow, the driver having to calm them so that Serafina and her soon-to be husband, Dalton emerged.
Serafina’s coats blew wildly around her dresses. Her bonnet barely holding on as Dalton held on to his new black tophat.
“I simply despise these extravagant events!” Serafina complined as the doorman bowed and let them in.
“Oh, Sera,” Dalton sighed, “It is only one night and being invited to a party at Sir Dellingam’s estate is something you simply don’t turn down if you want to be a Barrister in the town!”
Serafina sighed and handed her coat to the doorman, hanging on to her reticule as Dalton shook out his coat and handed it in as well.
They we motioned to a room glistening with the light of candles and lamps, a roaring fire warming the room a little too much. Several servants scuttled by with trays, offering drinks and cucumber sandwiches, tarts, and even a tray of chocolates.
Dalton noticed an associate from his firm across the room and lead Serafina toward him.
“Ah, Raymond!” Dalton said with a smile and slight bow, “May I present my future wife, Serafina?”
“ Very nice to meet you, my lady,” Raymond smiled and turned to his left. “This is my wife Abigail. I am sure you will become good friends in the years to come.”
After a few minutes of conversation and more that a proper amount of delicacies from the trays, Dalton whispered to Serafina, “Come, I have something to show you!”
With a look of suspense in her sparkling blue eyes, Serafina followed Dalton down a hall and through a door behind a stairwell. There they found themselves in a small library, with doors leading out outo a terrace.
Dalton, opened the door as the wind swept over them, immediately bringing her warm coat to Serafna’s mind.
“Where are we? She inquired.
With a sparkle in his eye he smiled, “A place quite alone within a crowed house.”
“How did you…” she started to say, but found her mouth sealed with those of her fiance’.
“Oh, my!” she smiled as she shivered a bit, both from the kiss and the cold of the wind.
“See, I told you such parties were not so terrible!” he laughed as he opened the door and hustled her back inside.
Sarafina shook the snow off of her hair, hoping the pins were not too far out of place from the wind and the stolen affection. She fluffed it a big and curled her arm through his as they returned down the hall to the party.
Suddenly, the fire seemed particularly attractive as they walked together and stood in front of it, their hands touching behind them as they warmed themselves.
“Maybe being the wife of a Barrister would not be so boring after all,” Serafina thought as she helped herself to another tart from the pro-offered silver platter.