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A Lady's Opportunity

by Katy Haye
Originally published by on 29/07/2018

“Emmelia, your corset is too tight,' my sister complained.

“It’s perfect,' I countered. “The Earl of Coltrain is present.' The famous engineer was fascinated by both pneumatic machines and pneumatic women.

“A single woman without means should be more decorous—'

I glided through the crowd, my chest proceeding me enough to catch the Earl’s eye. His gaze rested on my bosom while I leaned close and flirted.

Five minutes later…

“A single woman—'

“—Must find means.' I opened my fist to show the miniature perpetual motion machine I’d pickpocketed from the Earl. “This will cover Papa’s debts.'

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