Laetitia and her group headed north to Emporia and then west to the Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve in the Flint Hills region of Kansas. The park preserves a tall-grass prairie ecosystem representative of what once covered about 400,000 square miles of North America. The group spent the day in the park hiking and viewing the bison herd and other wildlife before returning to Emporia in the evening.
After arrival in Emporia and a walkabout, Laetitia’s group decided that they all wanted to go to happy hour. They were staying in a downtown hotel, so they simply walked down the street to a rather plush-looking cocktail lounge. At the bar next to Laetitia was a young woman who introduced herself as Gloria. They were just beginning to talk about the tours Laetitia was leading when a drunk named Bradley started pawing Gloria and making suggestive remarks. Gloria told him she was “not amused,” and called the bartender, who had the bouncer escort Bradley out. Laetitia said, “Your ‘not amused’ remark sounded like Queen Victoria, who allegedly said that from time to time.”
Gloria answered, “Well, as it turns out, I am writing a historical novel about her. She has the reputation of being a crusty old prude, but she had nine children. Since she was the queen, it seems unlikely that she would have sex with Prince Albert when she didn’t want to. It didn’t help her reputation that she went around in mourning clothes for 20 years after Albert died, but she reigned for more than 60 years. My novel will focus on when she was young and in love, before Albert’s death turned her outlook on life sour. If you ever lead a tour that has anything to do with Albert and Victoria, please let me know.” Laetitia promised to do so. The bar incident had provided the limerick of the day.