Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield

By Sophie Littlefield

Awakening in a bleak panorama, Cass greenback vaguely recollects enduring whatever poor. Having no proposal what number days--or weeks--have handed, she slowly realizes the scary fact: her daughter, Ruthie, has vanished. And along with her, the majority of civilization. rather than winding during the once-lush hills, the roads this day see merely cannibalistic Beaters--people grew to become hungry for human flesh through a central authority test long gone wrong.

In a damaged, barren California, Cass will suffer a harrowing quest to get Ruthie again. Few humans belief an outsider--much much less person who bears the telltale scars of a Beater attack--but she reveals safeguard with an enigmatic outlaw, Smoke. And she'll want him greater than ever whilst his ragged band of survivors examine that she and Ruthie became the main feared, and wanted, guns in a courageous new world....

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Both frowned upon his wish to enlist, yet neither could suggest a useful employment for this younger son. They seemed to expect him to be an idle man-about-town although the family had very little money. Living in a style that he considered appropriate to his rank, the marquess had put too much stress on the income from his estates. Love had taken her quite unawares. They had both been attending a ball, but were not together because they had already shared the regulation two dances. Elizabeth had been wearing new slippers, which pinched her toes so badly that she was convinced that she must have at least one blister.

Mainwaring and his house guests to a dinner party the following week. Mrs. Rowe had pondered long on what entertainment she should organize. Should it be a full-scale ball? Would that be too ostentatious? Should it be an afternoon picnic? Was that too informal on so short an acquaintance? On Elizabeth's advice she finally settled for a dinner party, which had, anyway, been her first idea. As Elizabeth pointed out, a dinner party was free to develop in any direction. Music in the drawing room after dinner, or a few tables of cards, or even an informal dance to the music of the pianoforte could all be arranged with the minimum of fuss, depending upon the mood of the party.

She found them good company. Mrs. Prosser, a plain but sensible woman in her middle thirties by Elizabeth's estimation, did not say much, but her husband conversed easily, not suggesting any condescension to the inferior status of his companion. He made her feel a social equal, in fact, as he talked about the welcome they had received from several families in the neighborhood. He talked about his life in the diplomatic service, about a year he had spent on government business in Lisbon. All the while Elizabeth watched the couple walking ahead of them, arm in arm, talking and laughing together.

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