Welcome back to another scene from my regency WIP, The Lost Earl. Please excuse any mistakes you might encounter as you read it. This week the word prompt is court. Enjoy.
As Toby stepped in the Bow Street Courthouse he knew, from the noise level and people rushing around, court wasn’t in session yet. With this information he knew the Chief Magistrate should have time to see him, which he desperately needed.
After the off chance meeting with Lady Ann a short while ago he needed to leave London for an indeterminate length of time. One for him to get her out of his mind and for her, for he was positive from her expression on seeing him, to forget him.
Stomping down the corridor he headed for the magistrate’s office. Stepping in he was met by his secretary.
“Hello Tubby is his lordship in. I need to see him immediately,” Toby announced walking up to the man’s desk.
“Yes he is but only for a short time. Afternoon court is about to start and he received word of a possible robbery and kidnapping over a day’s ride from here.”
“Wonderful. Announce me please,” Toby demanded.
In less than a minute he stood before the Chief Magistrate of Bow Street.
“My Lord, I understand a new case has come across your desk. As I’ve finished with the murder of the shopkeeper and he’s not due for trial for several weeks I’m available to investigate it,” Toby said, confidence in his voice.
“Wonderful. I was about to send for you since I thought this would be up your ally.”
Toby cocked him a quizzical glance wondering what he meant. That was all needed to get the magistrate to open up more.
“Yes. The men won’t talk. Seems someone has scared them into silence but I know you have a certain way with those types of people.”