Character Quotes from Indian Summer ~ An Historical Romantic Suspense by Dellani Oakes

I asked if there was something I could do to help him. He glanced around for an orderly and then looked somewhat embarrassed.

“Well, in truth, Gabriella, I must use that.” He pointed to an odd porcelain object just under the corner of the cot. “I can’t manage it alone, not one handed and I need help.” Now it was his turn to blush.

Having no idea what the object was or what it was for, I set it on the bed beside him and said with all genuine naiveté, “I can help you if you like.”

He gave me a tight-lipped chuckle, blushing furiously. “Ah, no. I don’t think your father would approve, Señorita Deza. In fact, I’m quite sure I could be arrested.”

It was then I realized it was a bedpan and that he needed help undressing to use it! I nearly knocked him over in my hurry to rise and find an orderly. I tripped over the chair, tangling my legs in my skirts.

“I’m so sorry! I’m so, so sorry!” I kept repeating as I scuttled across the room like a crab.

Manuel flung back his head, laughing uproariously. His laughter filled me with shame and yet I had to admit, it was very funny.

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