Chapter 1 – Contemporary Take on Darcy and Lizzy

 

DarcyandLizzyThis Spring and Summer will be a super busy time. I have three contemporary titles lined up and am so excited to bring them to life. The Darcy and Lizzy title is a contemporary with Lizzy and Mr. Bennet running the Bennet Animal Clinic in Meryton. Darcy makes a business deal with Mr. Bennet to keep the clinic running smoothly after he retires. Georgiana Darcy is part of the deal and Lizzy begrudgingly agrees. She can’t decide if she wants to let herself love Darcy or keep him at a distance. Her body and mind cannot agree. Here’s a look at Chapter One!

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Chapter One

Lizzy Bennet rolled over in bed and stared at the raindrops as they slid down her bedroom window. Monday morning, on its own, wasn’t dreary enough apparently. She stretched her still sleepy body kicking the sheets off the bed to maximize the luxurious feeling. The weekend had been one to remember and she longed for a repeat.

Her best friend, Char Lucas, had gotten engaged to Charles Bingley, a wealthy real estate tycoon and the swanky party at Club 338 in Savannah had lasted from Saturday afternoon into the wee hours of Sunday morning. She danced and small talked with so many eligible bachelors that her mother would have been hard-pressed to choose just one had she been present.

Char called her Sunday evening before she left on a trip with her fiancee to be sure Lizzy had a key to his house in Netherfield Park. Char moved in with Charles months before their official engagement and she didn’t trust the housekeeper to take care of her four-legged baby, Augustus, while she was away.

Lizzy perennially shortened his name to Augie as the ninety pound lab was not quite as noble as his name inferred. His tastes ran to Charlotte’s most expensive heels.  Lizzy was adamant about removing hers and left them in her Land Rover whenever she visited, providing Charles with comedic material when he wished to poke fun at her penchant for going barefoot.

Char had also taken time to remind her about Will Darcy. He missed the engagement party and Char was not happy with him, he was Charles’s best friend after all. Lizzy had been happy he was a no-show.

She recalled their college days when she became enamored with his good looks. Turns out Will Darcy was full of himself and Lizzy had not enjoyed the month in which they had dated. Oh, the sparks were undeniable, she wouldn’t soon forget the hot times on the back of his motorcycle but apparently she hadn’t the body to completely keep his mind from wandering.  A fawning beauty with her own inheritance tempted him each time he crossed her path on campus.

Lizzy would never fit that description. Her hair was a frustrating curly chestnut that usually ended the day windblown and out of control. There was no sleek bob or chic chignon in her future.

Her legs were not so bad, though. She topped out at a little under six foot and her frame was slightly more filled out than was strictly allowed for model status. She did have the prettiest green eyes, even her girlfriends envied those.

Staring at the ceiling fixture of colored glass as it swayed precariously, she became bored with the recounting of her physical assets. She flopped onto her stomach and winced at the pounding in her head.

Her younger sisters were already dancing around upstairs and she worried her light fixture would end up crashing down around her. The music pierced her skull and she winced making it worse. Her mother’s voice would soon join the thump of the dance music remix, arguing teenage girls, and shouts from her father.

Ignoring the throbbing nuisance of her head, she finally rose for the day to go about increasing her financial assets with the hope of one day moving out of the Bennet home.

She frowned at the idea of walking Augie at the end of her day. He would smell the other dogs, and various animals, on her scrubs and go nuts. She packed a duffel bag with worn jeans and a tee with AU on the front so as to keep the rambunctious lab a little less than full on crazy.

Yet again she was thankful her father had added her room complete with its own small bath onto the back of the old house. He balked at the cost at first but when she pointed out the fact of her lateness to work every single day due to sharing bathing facilities with her three younger sisters his reluctance disappeared.   

She laughed as she remembered her mother’s face when she delivered the news that she would follow in her father’s footsteps and work beside him at the Bennet Animal Clinic in Meryton. She could still recall the vile string of words RFGB (Lizzy’s shorthand for her mother) had let loose as she stomped after Thomas Bennet, howling her dismay.

One nearly hot shower later, Lizzy pulled on her scrubs and attempted to tame her curls but instead opted for a loose ponytail. Satisfied with herself for the moment, she grabbed her duffle and scooted out the door.

Kitty and Lydia rushed past her already arguing over who would drive. Mother had given them her old caddy and the girls hated it but it was obviously preferable to the big yellow bus emblazoned with the words Meryton School District passing their home at that moment.

Lizzy strode quickly to her Land Rover balancing her coffee mug and waving pitifully at the dust cloud her sisters left in their wake. Mary approached pushing her glasses up on her pert nose.

“Lizzy, may I ride with you today? Kitty and Lydia wouldn’t wait for me.”

She sighed at the coat of dust on her brand new vehicle and  threw her duffel into the back seat.

“Get in, the library isn’t that far from the clinic.”

She paused as she slammed the back door and watched Mary climb into the passenger seat. She was the quiet Bennet sister, the one who always had her head buried in books. Her new job at the Meryton Library suited her perfectly.

Lizzy texted Jane for a quick lunch date as she climbed into the driver’s seat.

Her eldest sister had those blonde good looks Will Darcy would favor but she was far less impressed with wealthy men, a fact that incensed their mother no end since Jane had turned down numerous wealthy bachelors in favor of her career.

She traveled the world on behalf of a nonprofit that sought to bring technology to every child on the planet. Unless a man could help her outfit a bush school in remote Alaska with state of the art computers, Jane passed them by. Yet their mother, Rose Francine Gardiner Bennet aka RFGB, had always regarded Lizzy as the most likely to become a crazy cat lady. Lizzy grinned as a thought entered her mind. She would have to share it the next time her mother attempted her matchmaking routine.

In her mother’s oft shared dreams, Jane was the one who would marry the perfect man and bring the perfect grandchildren straight to her arms. Still, Mrs. Bennet would not rest until all her daughters were married, preferably to men of means.

Lizzy laughed as she pulled out of the gravel driveway and sped down Longbourn Lane on wet pavement. Thoughts of either she or Jane walking down the aisle ahead of their younger sisters was cause for merriment. She dropped Mary at the library with a wave and continued on her way. Her cousin Billy passed in his patrol car and Lizzy waved in spite of herself. She refused to smile at him, though. He’d been a thorn in her side since childhood.

Three minutes later she pulled into her spot at the side of the clinic and her phoned chirped. Jane would join her for lunch, 12:30, at the small cafe around the corner. Lizzy texted her agreement and stepped out of her Land Rover tucking an already loose curl behind one ear.

There were five patients in the waiting room and she stopped to speak with each of them. George was an orange tabby whose weight issue had prompted his owner, Mrs. Sefton, to bring him in for a consultation. Lizzy admired George’s gorgeous topaz colored eyes along with his flirty behavior and he adored her.

“I will see him in just a moment, Mrs. Sefton,” she promised and smiled at the older woman. She continued through the waiting room to pet and pamper each animal in turn.

Lizzy had done this since she was old enough to follow behind her father, leaving her mother and sisters willingly to help him tend the animals. He spent an inordinate amount of time at the clinic and Lizzy had always been his shadow. The animals were much easier to manage than her younger siblings.

She heard her mother’s voice as she took George from Mrs. Sefton. “Do tell Lizzy we shall expect her for dinner this evening, dear. Your guest is the perfect man for her!”

Mrs Bennet turned and the two collided in the hallway outside Lizzy’s exam room. George hissed at Mrs. Bennet and she took a step back.

“Lizzy, dear, please do be sure to change before dinner this evening. Your father is having a guest, as it were, and I will not have animal hair floating about everywhere.”

She gave a small sneeze into her handkerchief and bustled past, a woman on a mission. Lizzy put George into the exam room and went to speak with her father.

“Daddy, why would you let mother think I will sit still for yet another round of matchmaking? You remember how the last one turned out, I believe.”

Thomas Bennet lowered his spectacles and glanced her way. “Never mind all that Lizzy. It is a business dinner and since you are the other half of the Bennet Animal Clinic it only makes sense that you would be present.”

She eyed her father cautiously. “Why haven’t you mentioned this before? The clinic is in fine shape financially and we have a loyal customer base due to your years of dedication and my genuine love of veterinary medicine.”

“That may be so, my dear, but time marches on and I am not getting any younger, you know. I want to be certain you are able to carry on when the time comes for me to retire.” He nodded at her, his fingers busy riffling through pages of accounts. Patient charts were spread all over his desk.

She did not like to think of his retirement. In her heart, he would always be here at the clinic working beside her. In reality she knew he was right. He deserved to retire one day, far into the future, and he was only trying to be certain the clinic would remain in her hands.

“I may be a bit late for dinner so try and keep Mother calm if you can manage it. I have to go by the Bingley place and check on Augie. Char is certain the maid will do as little as possible for him, not that I blame the poor woman. He’s eaten up her favorite shopping tote and three cellphones since Char moved in.”

Mr. Bennet laughed. “Well, he is a labrador after all. No matter what they will usually chew up a house.”

Lizzy laughed with him and stepped over to plant a kiss on his cheek. “The waiting room was nearly full when I came in and I must get back to George, you know.”

Lizzy left her father to his work and walked back down the hallway.  She worried about the plans he’d set in motion regarding Bennet Animal Clinic but there was work to be done.

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