theatre illuminata series

Promise me something?’
‘Anythin’.’
Nothing she liked better than a challenge. 'Promise me pie.’
Nate’s mouth twitched. 'As much as ye can eat an’ yer pockets can hold.’
'Promise me you won’t let Mrs. Edith put me in a corset again.’
Eyes widening a bit at the idea, he nodded anyway. "Though there’s no chance o’ hemmin’ ye in, even wi’ fabric an’ cords, I’ll give ye my word on that as well.’
Bertie took the deepest of breaths before issuing the last and more important of the three demands. 'Promise you’ll stay with me as long as you want to, but not a moment longer.’
His hand slid into hers, and he raised them as one to his heart. 'Ah, now, lass, there ye’ve done yerself a mischief.’
'I have?’ Her pulse thudded twice in quick succession.
'Aye. Now yer stuck wi’ me forever, an’ perhaps even a but longer than that.’ Nate made her a gallant bow. "Beyond all dates, even t’ eternity’
—  Bertie and Nate So Silver Bright by Lisa Mantchev
‘I took my page with me to the seaside, and it was there that I fell rather unexpectedly in love.’
'It surprised both of us,’ the bird-creature said softly. 'There was no slipper, nor spinning wheel, nor true love’s first kiss. This was not a fairy tale with a happily ever after.’
—  Ophelia and the Scrimshander Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev
Hamlet stopped leaning on the pyramid he’d been holding up since his dressing-down ‘But think of the impact you could have, using live ones! Imagine Mother Dearest as a reincarnation of Cleopatra, with an asp clasped to her breast.’
‘Leave my breasts out of it, you little degenerate!’ Gertrude threw her cup at him.
—  Hamlet and Gertrude Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev