Rainbow Snippets: Shore Leave

I’m continuing with choosing Rainbow Snippets from the six stories in my recently released Regency Box Set, Gentlemen in Love. This week is the turn for Shore Leave, which showcases Bath in its 18th-century heyday and where my couple, Jacob and Sebastian first meet.

Authors who take part in Rainbow Snippets each weekend are encouraged to post six or so lines from one of their stories on their blog and then link back to the group post on Facebook. I always enjoy joining in with Rainbow Snippets, especially to read and comment on everyone else’s choice of snippet.

In this snippet, taken from the beginning of Shore Leave, Jacob, a naval lieutenant on leave, while awkwardly escorting his younger sister around Bath’s assemblies and entertainments catches his first glance of society beau Sebastian…

Jacob had noticed him briefly when they were queuing up to be announced, and the name had stuck with him, a Mr. Sebastian Ford, but no doubt with an extra f and e. Now perched on a chair, he was bestowing extravagant compliments to the surrounding ladies so that they twittered, tittered, and wafted their fans at him.

Patched, powdered, and bewigged, this man made Jacob feel like a lumbering seafaring lugger compared with the elegant lines of a racing yacht. The gentleman must have felt Jacob’s gaze on him and, for a thrilling moment, their eyes met. Serious, stormy dark eyes encountered amused, gleaming quicksilver.

When the man looked away to trade witticisms with a bold lady arrayed in scarlet, Jacob felt like he had taken a blow in the gut. He coloured, surprised by the force of that connection and an inconvenient current of desire.

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