Leanna Renee Hieber
A Tor.com original short story by Leanna Renee Hieber.
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When Mr. McGill, the mill owner, bought the lovely Bloomsbury townhouse across from Eloise's shop, her heart--an instrument that she'd begun to think was made of lead--buoyed. She could feel its pulse again. He was handsome, tall, perfectly framed, his frock-coat silhouette that of a catalogue feature. The gleam of his green eyes and the gamesome sweep of his russet hair were not the whole of her joy. It was that he was so taken with her work.
While he'd entered the shop to "procure a pretty bauble," he soon abandoned his quest for a trinket, seeming rendered breathless