Picture it and write…fair lady’s reply:

Dear Sir,

Please do not be disheartened by my return of this unique and wonderful timepiece.  It would be unseemly for a lady to accept such a gift from a stranger.  It is the most interesting example of clockwork I have ever seen.

Do not for one moment think that you are timid.  It was bold and brave to trust a messenger boy to bring this treasure to me.  Please rest assured that I was fortunate to open and admire it in complete privacy.   I have told no one of your gesture.

But, I know nothing of you either, other than your shy yet impish smile.  Is it unladylike of me to wonder what is behind it?

Now it is my turn to be bold.   On Thursday afternoons, I work alone in the shop.  If you are in need of a lovely Easter hat for your mother, sister or aunt, I would be happy to show you some of our latest fabrics and trims.

Tea is served at 3 0′clock sharp.

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7 thoughts on “Picture it and write…fair lady’s reply:

  1. I was surprised and delighted to see the continuation of your story. I think you may have started a serial. I hope we get to read the next installment and find out what happens when tea is served. :-)

    • Thanks Maddie, I was almost embarrassed to let my husband read this, because it’s not goofy. Let a little of my hopeless romantic side leak out. I explained to him that it reminded me of a scene from A Christmas Story–the watchmaker breached etiquette and went right to the “double dog dare”-and the demure milliner had to back him up a couple of steps. I don’t know where the story goes after tea, but if it goes anywhere, you’ll be the first to know.

      • Humor is hard! I’m glad I have my writing thoughts to put in between my nonsense. When I saw your follow-up, the first thing flitting through my mind were the old Taster’s Choice soap-opera commercials. Your characters will be drinking tea … to be continued. :-)

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