Pairing: More gen than anything else, really, but mild Esme/Jerome.
Summary: Set in the good old days of VFD and centering around Esme's marriage to Jerome. Esme knows what she wants and is willing to go after it with a will.
Warning: In-ness. Esme's despicable manipulations. Nothing much.
Disclaimer: None of this is mine.
A/N: This is a birthday present to coricurbob. Enjoy! Un-beta'd, though it's been through the spell-checker. Praise appreciated, but concrit is loved even more!
A ray of light pierced the Venetian blinds, angling its way across the room maliciously.