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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    (19, continued) Morning light wafted over messy plates, bowls, and bottles, over a bedspread spattered with glazes, fruit jams, and powdered sugar, and over a pair of flabby bodies, one snoring into his pillow and the other sucking custard from her finger. Licking her lips, Adelaide swept the...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    Chapter 19 A crimson sunrise broke out over Kingston Harbor, setting aglow the heavy mist that had crept in overnight. The shroud swirled between the towering ships’ masts in the waterfront and floated through the town’s hungover streets. It hung especially thick in the headlands, concealing...
  3. Marlow

    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    (18, continued) It was a far cry from the extravagant empire gowns in which the Madame de Ville-Chanceuse had captivated the courts of Valletta, but between Zephyra’s creative needlework and Adelaide’s breathtaking diamonds, the ensemble was still enough to turn heads. Some of the wrong heads...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    Chapter 18 September, 1811 - Kingston The Broken Belt tavern opened its doors and welcomed in its first few patrons of the day. The regulars filed in, along with a party of seamen hoping to put off their ordered departure. The Belt had never been the liveliest or most well-regarded of Port...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    Chapter 17 August, 1811 - Port Royal If the waters of the Mediterranean were a glimmering sapphire, the Caribbean was a gleaming turquoise. Merchant schooners and Bermuda-rigged sloops rode the steady breeze, racing the wispy clouds above. Tryphena, on reaching the Jamaica Station, had...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    Chapter 16 May, 1811 A more typical man-of-war’s crew might have been ablaze with gossip and mutinous chatter at the idea of slipping out of port with a fugitive mistress, especially one with Adelaide’s reputation ashore. Adelaide’s reputation aboard, however, had attained such a...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    Chapter 15 Boots tramped in time on the flagstones and a blur of scarlet could be seen through the windows of the palazzo. More bootsteps echoed down the backstreets and toward the servants’ quarters. The grand double-doors creaked open. Afternoon sunlight poured into the hall, followed by a...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    Chapter 14 “Addie,” Zephyra hissed, shaking the chaise-lounge. “Addie, it’s past noon.” “So?” asked the blanket, unmoving. She hadn’t made it all the way to the bed. “Brenton’s on his way up.” The blanket slipped down. Adelaide opened an eye and groaned. “What?” “You have to get up and get...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    (13, continued) Telling herself it was a patriotic duty, Adelaide managed not only Tryphena but the entire British battle-line and had ravaged a good portion of the island itself when a calloused hand touched her shoulder. “Madame,” said Captain Muir. “Benedict!” she cried, wiping her lips...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    Chapter 13 April, 1811 - Valletta “You alright?” asked Zephyra. “You keep…shimmying.” Adelaide lowered her voice. “I’m not wearing anything underneath this. The chemise was…too tight.” “Come, darling, we’re already late,” called Brenton, beckoning her from the steps. “Bless me, Addie…”...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    (12, continued) “What is that incredible noise?” Adelaide wondered aloud, spooning up some more cream. Zephyra leaned past her to peer out the window. It would have been simpler for Adelaide to turn herself, but there was little that could call her attention away from a hearty breakfast...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    Chapter 12 March, 1811 A ripple in the calm, sapphire Adriatic reflected arcs of morning sunlight across the figurehead’s painted stomach, tracing its gentle, pooching curve. She gazed contentedly ahead, but she gazed alone. Every other eye aboard Tryphena stared out to starboard...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    (11, continued) A suitable bulkhead was found outside Tryphena’s galley, which pleased the crew. They could now all gaze upon the Madame de Ville-Chanceuse while waiting in the dinner-line at each meal. After all, it was generally remembered that the galley had been her favorite place aboard...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    Chapter 11 January, 1811 - Lissa HMS Tryphena was alive with activity and eager voices: mail had finally arrived for the Adriatic squadron. The men who could read lounged in their hammocks, devouring long-awaited letters or reciting them for the illiterate. It was a welcome diversion. The...
  15. Marlow

    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    Haven't posted this anywhere else; I only finished the first draft a couple months ago. But a romantic and indulgent visit to this setting and time period has been done here before in the very excellent Lady Hamilton's Story
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    (10, continued) “Why these infernal stairs, for all love?” Adelaide moaned, rather too loudly. She was as full as she’d been since Sicily and the sloshing weight in her bloated abdomen conspired with the wine swimming in her head to make the tight spiral staircase a treacherous path. She...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    Chapter 10 November, 1810 “Do you really have to leave? Are you sure?” Brenton gave her an apologetic smile. “Darling, you know I would never choose to miss even the faintest opportunity to march you about the dance floor and be seen with Valletta’s most beautiful woman upon my arm.”...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    Chapter 9 August, 1810 Turned away by Valletta’s more upstanding landowners, Hermes Allen eventually established himself at a large old house in Pieta. Rumors soon swirled about him commandeering the entire cellar for use as a studio. Reports about the guests he entertained at all hours of...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    Chapter 8 July, 1810 - Valletta Oppressive heat, lingering long into the Mediterranean evening, kept the guests of the commissioner’s dinner indoors. The last amber rays of the sunset filled the manor’s windows with yet more steamy warmth. As dinner concluded, Valletta’s elite men had...
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    BBW Lady Luck - by Marlow

    (7, continued) “I’ve been trying to warn you, dear,” said Mrs. Torcia, with a little too much vindication. “You picked up a very, very inappropriate appetite from those sailors. You can’t keep on as you have without consequences.” Adelaide looked up from her bath, acknowledging her with a...
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