Le 18 avril 2017, 10:47 dans Humeurs • 0
Not so, not so,” I hastened to exclaim, seeing that I had made an error. A word, a wish, a look, from you, madame, were enough,” I replied in some confusion, almost wishing that I was back in Salem inn.
Once more silence crept between us, while, hardly knowing what I did, I opened the gate and walked in to stand beside her. I judge we must have been thus for near a minute ere she burst out laughing, and I, perforce, joined her mirth. That was an end to solemn silence then.
Here,” she cried gaily, if you will not talk you must work,” and she thrust a spade into my hand.
Then, at her bidding, I fell to with a will and dug where she pointed out. My sword clinked against the garden tool, and I hoped that none of my future soldiers would pass by to see in what manner of warfare I was engaged. 54When she thought I had dug enough she permitted me to stop, and right glad I was to do so.
Now sit on the bench beneath the apple tree, while I plant these tulips,” was her second command.
I did as she bade me.
Now talk,” she ordered.
What shall I say?” I asked.
Oh, anything, everything. The buds, the flowers, the sun, the Indians, the battles you have fought, the war we are to engage in. Why,” merrily, there is no end.”
Then indeed I talked. Of what, I know not, save that ever I saw her sweet face before me, and her eyes looking to mine, until I would fain have stayed there in that garden forever.
’Twas strange how all my bashfulness had vanished, not that usually I am such a fool with the women. So we conversed of many things until of a sudden I noted that the sun was going down behind the hills. I jumped up from the bench where we had been sitting.
I quite forgot it,” I exclaimed.
What?” asked Lucille.
My dinner,” I answered, aware of a gone and lonesome feeling below my belt. I was to go back to the tavern for it, but, I--I--came this way, and----”
You missed your dinner talking to me,” finished Lucille solemnly. Welladay, Captain, I am indeed flattered. But there, you shall not say that I am a hard 55commander. Come in and sup with me. ’Tis true, I cannot make amends for the companionship to be found at the inn, nor can I boast of such cookery as can Mistress Willis. Yet if you will but deign to grace my humble board ’twill be of my best store that I will set before you,” and she dropped a bow to me that had much of sauciness in it, and stood waiting for my answer.
I protested that I could not trouble her, that I had no appetite, that I must be at Salem inn to meet any recruits that might come this first day.
Very well then, Captain,” she said, with a stately bend of her head. Since you prefer the inn to my poor roof so be it.”