The Lady: Part 10

Dearest Shu Lien,   This is a day that shall be featured in the gossip of the aristocracy for years to come. It began much as any party does. Titles and names are tossed about with every arrival. Suits and gowns are held together with the finest cloth and jewels and the energy of the…

The Lady: Part 9

Dearest Shu Lien,   Today is the day. The debut has arrived. Let it all be done.

The Lady: Part 8

Dearest Shu Lien,   Dear Leon returns to me. At first I do not notice him, as I am too busy at my desk, finalizing the plans for the approaching debut. It is only when he speaks that I am aware of his presence. “You’re still up. Are you feeling better?” I must be careful…

The Lady: Part 7

Dearest Shu Lien, I did not expect this. Somehow Therese is able to keep together affairs not only with Monsieur Fontaine, but also still with my husband. Fontaine tells me that he spends the afternoons with her and “inspires” her as I have instructed him. He recants to me that after their hours of passion…

The Lady: Part 6

Dearest Shu Lien, Madame Begarde has left us. She received a letter from her sister, begging for assistance to deal with her own beast of a daughter. This means that I am left alone to teach Therese, which suits me just fine. The plans for the debut are nearly done. It is the matter of…

The Lady: Part 5

Dearest Shu Lien   For the past week I have slept alone. Each night I leave for bed early, citing feeling unwell as my reason. Dear Leon thinks he is clever by sneaking in late during the earliest morning hours, but I know better. I also know that if he is with her, then Fontaine…