The Peers (draft 1) - Ch 1The Peers (draft 1) - Ch 1 by Marian-ette
"How are you this morning, Mr. Borrows?"
"None of your business. Now eat your breakfast so I can eat mine."
It was as typical a conversation as ever there was between the Hansom cab driver and nine-year-old Lark Midgley. Frank Borrows, all bark and no bite at seven feet, was doing his best to keep the meal a quiet one. Lark, on the other hand, was doing her best to do exactly the opposite. She adored Mr. Borrows as one might adore a grouchy old dog, and was certain that all the man needed was a mother figure to look after hima task she had taken on herself since the day he'd come to live with her and her parents three months before.
"Are you sure you wouldn't like some of my breakfast?" She held up a bowl of greyish mush, lumpy and wet and in great need of stirring. Borrows wrinkled his large nose and opened his mouth to say something unpleasant, but thou