Prudence (The Custard Protocol #1)

Prudence (The Custard Protocol #1)


Genres: FantasyScience Fiction

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Updated date: 14:42:44 12/08/2022

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CHAPTER ONE THE SACRED SNUFF BOX Lady Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama was enjoying her evening exceedingly. The evening, unfortunately, did not feel the same about Lady Prudence. She inspired, at even the best balls, a sensation of immanent dread. It was one of the reasons she was always at the top of all invitation lists. Dread had such an agreeable effect on society’s upper crust. “Private balls are so much more diverting than public ones.” Rue, unaware of the dread, chirruped in delight to her dearest friend, the Honourable Miss Primrose Tunstell. Rue was busy drifting around the room with Primrose trailing obligingly after her, the smell of expensive rose perfume following them both. “You are too easily amused, Rue. Do try for a tone of disinterested refinement.” Prim had spent her whole life trailing behind Rue and was unfussed by this role. She had started when they were both in nappies and had never bothered to alter a pattern of some twenty-odd years. Admittedly, these days they both smelled a good deal better. Prim made elegant eyes at a young officer near the punch. She was wearing an exquisite dress of iridescent ivory taffeta with rust-coloured velvet flowers about the bodice to which the officer gave due appreciation. Rue only grinned at Primrose’s rebuke – a very unrefined grin. They made