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Small Snippet Bribe: Clover
“I will help, too,” Clover said. “Whatever you need.”
“This will be dangerous. You don’t have to…” I started. She was barely 17 years old and I was about to out her into a whole lot of danger.
Clover raised her chin. A determined spark lit up her blue eyes. “Do either of you know how to run a household? Where to purchase supplies and at what prices, which traders are reputable, how to balance a budget?”
“No,” I said.
Reynald shook his head. His lips curved in a small smile.
“I know the prices, so we won’t get swindled. I know the right traders, I know medicine, I know etiquette, I know how to file the right forms with the government.”
She had a point.
“If you do this, Maggie will need to look like a lady. I’m proficient in hair, cosmetics, and attire. I can dress you to the latest fashion, so you will present the impression you want to the world. I will make sure that you aren’t wearing men’s boots.”
She pointed to my feet.
“You have a huge house and no idea how to take care of it. You can’t even dress yourself properly. You need help.”
I opened my mouth. She didn’t let me get the words out.
“Maggie will be the head of the household, Reynald will be the head of household guard, and I will be the household managing maid. I’ll be staying here. I won’t let my brothers die. And I owe Reynald a debt for saving us. I pay my debts.”