Jefferson - InsanityThe candlelight was waning, but I took no notice. I couldn't, even as the wax dripped down the holder and threatened to hit my paper--I had to finish this letter; I could not leave it for the morning. With my back hunched over my desk, my fingers cramping after writing for so long, I was beginning to feel like myself again. I didn't want the moment to leave.
"Mr. Thomas?" Elizabeth's entrance had been so subtle I had not heard it; I jumped. "Mr. Thomas, you should be getting to bed soon. It's awful late." I heard her place a dish at my elbow, and I glanced over at it. A half-empty cup of broth.
Elizabeth remained at my side, but I turned her away with a flick of my wrist. She curtsied and left just as silent as she'd come. The door shut, I was alone again.
I sighed and pushed my broth away; when I returned to my quill, my hand was trembling. Your letter found me a little emerging from the stupor of mine which had rendered me as dead to the world as she whose loss occasioned it--
Jefferson - Bets"If I win ." Martha was charming when she thought: her eyes narrowed as looked into the distance and she bit her bottom lip lightly as she considered the things she could have me do if I lost this bet. Her face lit up for a short second as she came upon her answer. "If I win, you have to buy me a new hat." She smiled. "If you win ," she trailed, waiting for me to continue the sentence.Jefferson - Bets5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"If I win," I replied, and before I could stop myself--before I knew what I was doing--I completed, "I get to kiss you."
My eyes widened in surprise and a blush crept up my neck as I heard my voice answer. What? Had I really said that aloud? I had only meant to think it, to keep my confession locked inside my head. I hadn't tried to be so straightforward! I was mortified, and a feeling of dread swept over me. What would she think of me now? I sputtered in an attempt to fix my faux pas.
To my surprise and delight, she merely laughed. "All right, Mr. Jefferson," she said through giggles. She held