By Suzanne Enoch
All of London is abuzz with the go back of the definitely attractive, lately widowed Diane Benchley. Will she remarry? what is going to she do along with her overdue husband’s fortune? Sociey is stunned by way of her announcement—at the Grand Ball, of all places!—that she plans to open an particular gentleman’s gaming membership within the kinfolk mansion. yet nobody is extra shocked than the Marquis of Haybury, Oliver Warren.
Years in the past, Oliver and Diane shared a personal indiscretion. Now Diane threatens to bare Oliver’s so much ungentlemanly secrets…unless he is of the same opinion to aid her. A infamous gambler—and rake—Oliver is overqualified to coach Diane within the methods and technique of working her institution. yet awesome a take care of Diane may simply be the largest hazard Oliver has ever taken. This time, the single factor he has to lose is his heart…
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But that isn’t where the tale terminates. For fifty years Findloss lay buried, and the rocky waters nearby remained as shunned as the village’s shores, but on another Beltane Eve a half century later, a wind arose, this time from the east, and in the morning the village reappeared. Houses, the kirk and churchyard, a small dead orchard and fishing boats—all were unburied, if apparently lifeless. It was a town for ghosts. This was as disconcerting to the village’s neighbors as its disappearance had been.
Being a cat, he was fond of warm places. When possible I burn driftwood, but recently—in spite of the storms—it had become hard to come by. This meant using coal or peat. The fisherman’s words once again put me in mind of some of the wilder tales of Fergus Culbin, and I found myself again feeling reluctantly curious about the man I’d never met or even heard of until after his death. I had found no personal artifacts in the cottage beyond clothing that was old but of good quality, and the solicitor assured me that nothing had been removed from the premises.
Findloss had indeed disappeared in the night and been replaced with a desert wasteland where it would be found that almost nothing could grow. Of other survivors, if there were any, nothing was ever heard. This is fairly standard fare as tales of disappearing cities go, and if the story ended there, it would be a site worthy of a visit by any intrepid visitor interested in exploring auld haunted Scotland. But that isn’t where the tale terminates. For fifty years Findloss lay buried, and the rocky waters nearby remained as shunned as the village’s shores, but on another Beltane Eve a half century later, a wind arose, this time from the east, and in the morning the village reappeared.