Ironically, Jane has requested a meeting with me. It’s not often my characters track me down to have a discussion. I guess she heard about the whole thing with Jeremy and wants to set me straight on a few things. So here we go. 😀
Okay, Jane. What is it you wanted to meet with me about?
I think you’re mistaken about Jeremy. He doesn’t have feelings for me beyond that of friendship. His heart has and always will belong to Rebecca.
Did you read the book summary when I handed it to you?
I did, but I honestly don’t see how you’re going to pull it off.
You have misjudged the depth of Jeremy’s love for my sister. A man couldn’t be more devoted to his wife. Why, just look at how ‘excited’ he was to marry me when we exchanged vows.
He was grinning from ear to ear when he married Rebecca.
To be fair, you didn’t look excited either.
How could I? At any moment, my brother could have brought Micah in and held me at gunpoint to marry him. *shivers* I was petrified.
Anyway, Jeremy is falling in love with you as we speak.
I don’t think so. He’s a good friend. We’ve always gotten along well. I expected the marriage to be amiable, and it is. It sure is better than having to spend the rest of my life with Micah. I just might have stabbed myself with a fork if you’d gone that route.
Do you wish I’d gone the route of sending you to Edith and going to Omaha?
I am a realist. I don’t kid myself that men fall over their feet when I walk into the room. I’m not like Rebecca. She was beautiful, and as much as I hate to agree with anything my brother says, she was a lot nicer than I am. She tolerated a lot of things I wouldn’t.
Would she have tolerated a marriage to Micah?
Good question. But it’s one we’ll never know because you didn’t give her that option.
Fair enough, but the answer is yes. She would have because she didn’t stand up for herself like you do.
Really? Poor Rebecca. What a horrible fate you would have given her. At least she was with Jeremy instead.
Speaking of Jeremy, I found this picture taken shortly after you got married. He looks pretty happy in it.
Oh, be serious. That was after I made him a cake. And I don’t recall wearing a wedding dress.
I took some liberties as the author with that and put you in one for the cover.
Because when I put a bride on a cover, I sell more books.
Nope. It’s all a marketing ploy.
I thought so, too, when I noticed the trend.
And the fact that my dress is sleeveless?
Minor issue, and if you look at the cover, you can’t tell.
But it gives the appearance of short sleeves. I don’t think brides wore short-sleeved dresses back then, did they?
You could have rolled your sleeves up, so it technically works.
Sounds to me like your stretching. You do know why you get docked for historical inaccuracies, don’t you? Because you stretch the limits on historical facts too much.
Fine. I could give you hairy legs and armpits, make you dirty because you rarely bathe, make you stink when you have your period because they had cloth pads back then–cloths you’ll have to wash by hand–
No thanks. I’ll take the fantasy over realism.
But I thought you were a realist.
I’m not that much of a realist.
So it’s not too far off the mark to have Jeremy fall in love with you.
I just don’t see how it’s going to happen.
It is. But this brings up an interesting question. Are you falling in love with him?
*shrugs* I don’t give much thought to my feelings.
What a cop-out answer.
I’m not sure what the word ‘cop-out’ means, but I don’t care much for your tone.
You are falling in love with him. But okay. Don’t admit it. At least you’re doing a better job of hiding it. In fact, it’s because of you things aren’t rushed. If it were up to Jeremy, you’d be on your way to having a child.
*gasp* Must you be so bold!
Talk of the birds and bees don’t bother me.
I’m not comfortable with it. It’s my private life.
Yeah well, just wait. Everyone will be included in on it.
If you lived in the early 1900s, you wouldn’t be so bold. This is before the sexual revolution in the United States.
I don’t know. I don’t think human nature has changed all that much. I bet women did discuss private matters. Maybe not in a public forum, but behind closed doors, I bet there were some discussions going on.
No wonder you get those 1 and 2 star reviews. People are appalled by your boldness.
A story that lacks sex or sexual topics bore me in a romance. That’s why I can’t do ‘clean’ romances, with the exception of two books, but that was because the characters weren’t married.
I live in dread with how much you’ll delve into my personal life.
Oh, so now you’re admitting you’ll be with Jeremy in an intimate way. *raises eyebrows*
I believe this meeting is at an end. *stands up* If you had a heart, you wouldn’t have put me through that horrible dinner with Marcy and Jonathan. But you can’t even stop there. You have to push all the limits of things I can’t bear.
If I didn’t push the limits, my readers would lose interest in the story. No one wants to read a book where everything is dandy all the time. There has to be conflict. You have some great conflict coming up, especially when you overhear Marcy talking about you in the…
*narrows eyes* Marcy is going to do what in the where?
You’ll find out in today’s post.
Oh, look. I hit 1000 words in this post. Gotta go!
Ruth, I’m not done talking to you. Ruth!