It's another WIPItUp Wednesday. Time to give snippets from current works-in-progress. Thanks to WiPItUp and Melody Parks for doing this.
More from In Hyacinth's debut, Courted by Discipline.
Courted by Discipline is now available from Amazon & Barnes and Noble! Yay! And this is the final week for snippets from this particular book. Next week, I'll start giving you snippets from Courted by Fall, Book 2.
For this final look at Courted by Discipline, I thought I'd give you the courting request scene. It's an important scene that's replayed in different ways throughout the entire series. At the beginning Kathy is talking to her mother who has been asleep all day due to pain meds.
“Feeling better?” Kathy asked her as she walked into the living room.
“Those pills really knocked me out. I’m not sure how I feel,” Carilyn admitted with a wry smile. “Come sit with me.” Glad she wouldn’t have to sit by Xander who was seated across from her mother, Kathy plopped next to her and leaned against her shoulder. Alex sat in a high-backed armchair that as long as Kathy could remember, was only ever used by guests. Gerald joined them a few minutes later and sat next to her, sandwiching her between the two of them.
“Would you like to start?” he asked Alex with a wide grin. He looked almost giddy.
Nodding, Alex stood up, pulling a large piece of paper from his pocket and beginning to read. “Miss Kathryn Daisy Bretherton, we the undersigned have given our permission for you to be courted by Mr. Alexander Brandon Covington, Jr., for the process of one year, starting on this date and ending no later than one year from today. As a courted female, you are never to be in the presence of another male without either Mr. Covington or Mr. Bretherton present or a female trusted by one of the aforementioned gentlemen. Your rights from Mr. Covington are as follows…” He continued to speak, but Kathy glanced over at his son who was watching her.
Could this really be happening? Did Xander want to do this going-steady thing for a year? And with her?
“This courtship year is very important and will be carried out in the following manner. First, the getting-to-know-you stage where the couple may meet at either the Bretherton household or elsewhere if escorted by Mr. Bretherton. Second, Stage Two: where Mr. Covington may take Miss Bretherton out for specifically arranged times to dinner or to an event. These must be by the light of day. Third, Stage Three: Mr. Covington must assume less passive control and begin to take on the mantel he will assume completely upon matrimony. This will include giving specific commands he will expect her to follow and discipline applied if not followed, up to but not including, corporal punishment. Fourth, Stage Four: all the above except with the addition of formal, over the clothing, corporal punishment if the situation requires. Five, Stage Five: by now Miss Bretherton and Mr. Covington have been courting for approximately four months. What has been termed the make-it-or-break-it stage is their last chance to truly decide whether or not to go on. Up until the end of this stage, either one may pull out for no other reason than to say ‘this isn’t for me.’ Once Stage Six is reached, they must show just cause as to why the courting should end. Six, Stage Six: Miss Bretherton will begin to spend more time with Mr. Covington’s family, helping his mother the same way she helps hers, learning the way he is used to having a house kept. During the same stage, if not already purchased, Mr. Covington must begin to search in earnest for a home for them as a couple. Seven, Stage Seven: from this stage onward, a proposal may be offered and accepted. Mr. Covington must first receive the blessing of Mr. Bretherton before he brings his troth to Miss Bretherton. In Stage Seven, one night a week, Miss Bretherton will cook for Mr. Covington in his home. Eight, Stage Eight: from here through Stage Twelve, the two are given more leeway in their relationship, leading up to, but not including sexual relations. At no time should Miss Bretherton or Mr. Covington ever be together disrobed. To do so would put shame on both members. Mr. Covington would be asked to leave town. Nine through twelve. These last four stages depend on if a marriage proposal has been proffered and accepted. If so, the engagement will take part during this time with the marriage to take place at the end of the courting ritual. If it has not been proffered, all former stages will be adhered to until the end of the courting.”
Kathy blinked. That was a lot of information. She would need to read it several times to even remember what it said.
“If this agreement is entered into willingly, then we the undersigned give our seal of approval.” He cleared his voice and read off the names, including his, the other men from the town council, and her own father.
Turning to the man beside her, she stared. “That’s what this meeting was all about?”
“Yes, though I had no idea when I went,” Gerald admitted. “How do you feel about it? That’s what matters now. If you don’t want to do this? We won’t. No questions, no convincing, nothing. But if you would like to?” He paused and then smiled. “You did seem rather taken with young Covington.”
Blushing slightly, she nodded before turning back to Xander who was leaning forward so much it looked like he might tip over. “Why me?”
Courted By Discipline
When Kathy Bretherton moved to Hyacinth at the age of eighteen, she looked forward to living amongst people who believed in traditional values like her family did. She did not expect to become part of the Hyacinth Courting pool and the object of interest of every man looking for a wife.
Alexander Covington was the most eligible bachelor in town and he wanted her. For Kathy, who grew up in a traditional household where the man was the head of the home and her and her mother a committed homemaker, falling in love with him was relatively easy. Following his lead and accepting his discipline was the life-changing part.
About the series In Hyacinth:
Hyacinth, Washington is all about traditional values. In Hyacinth; its residents live their lives by discipline; there is a strong male head of house; and words like trust, honor, and kindness aren't just buzzwords. Each story in the series is of a young woman (18-20) and her struggle to figure out who she is in this little town while at the same time going through Hyacinth's old-fashioned courting system. On their way to meet, get to know, and finally marry their princes, these heroines grow in ways they and their town never expected.
While spanking does exist in every story (more in some than others), the stories are more about the growth of the heroine and loving discipline in all its far-reaching ways, than about spanking.
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