Alexandria Infante' edited the description of A Lad's Trousers Friday, December 28, 2012.
Zalanthea's a runaway slave, but not by choice.
While emptying chamber pots she's attacked by a Union Soldier, and in the process of defending herself she kills him accidentally. She knows unless she flees she'll be dead by morning; so she steals the town drunk's clothes to disguise herself as a boy...
Thinking her a lad First Mate Wooldridge offers her a job on board ship, because the boy looks as if he hasn't eaten in days. Zayla believes he's the Captain and follows him aboard the large ship. But she's surprised when Wooldridge delivers her to the captain, and she realizes just why he's been dubbed the name Stone. The piercing gray eyes say all he doesn't.
Yet she can't help but feel an instant attraction towards him. Zayla takes to ship life, but is constantly plagued by nightmares of her ordeal. It's in the midst of one of these nightmares, Stone stumbles from his bed to wake the screaming boy. As he tries to comfort the boy he suddenly realizes he...is a...she.
Not only is Stone stunned, but now he's embarrassed, because in his haste to get to the boy he forgot his under things....