"Amore Segreto"

Chapter One: The Beginning

Authors Note: I don't own any of the Pride and Prejudice characters.

Elizabeth Bennet seemed lost in thought as she wondered through the garden alongside her house. Now that Jane was engaged to Mr. Bingley her mother had focused her energy on Elizabeth. Mrs. Bennet was convinced that it was her and her alone that matched up Jane and Mr. Bingley, so it was her new goal to find Elizabeth a suitable husband. Every time they went into town or to a party she introduced Elizabeth to another man. Elizabeth was so focused on her inner ranting that she didn't notice a figure walk up next to her.

"My dear Lizzy, you seem to be quiet lately, is there something wrong?" asked Jane

"No Jane. I just have a lot on my mind lately." Replied Elizabeth "I need to find some way to stop mother from pushing all those men on me."

Jane walked over to Elizabeth and put her arms around her in a sisterly hug. "Ohh Lizzy! She just wants to see you as happy as I am! And so do I! I can't believe everything has worked out so well for Mr. Bingely and me. I know you will find someone soon."

Elizabeth smiled to herself. The right man had indeed come along. Even though Mr. Darcy was rich and handsome, Elizabeth had thought in too snobbish upon their first meeting. After months bickering, a disastrous proposal, she finally saw the man inside. But by the time Elizabeth had seen her error she was convinced that Mr. Darcy had lost all feelings for her. It wasn't until a fateful walk that he finally revealed his true feelings. Unknown to everyone Mr. Darcy had proposed to Elizabeth, and she had accepted.

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"Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy are here." Announced the maid from the doorway. She stepped aside and Mr. Bingley walked into the room straight over to Jane. He kissed her hand and then addressed the family. Mr. Darcy walked into the room and saw Mr. Bingley talking with Mrs. Bennet and Jane. His eyes sought Elizabeth and saw her sitting at the window. When she saw him coming she rose and gave him a little smile.

"I have missed you greatly Mr. Darcy." Said Elizabeth not daring to look him in the eyes.

"Yes, It has been far too long since we've last seen each other." Replied Mr. Darcy. He lifted Elizabeth's hand to his lips and held it there for a moment longer than was appropriate.

"Elizabeth! Come over here please" called Mrs. Bennet from where she was sitting near Jane and Mr. Bingley. Elizabeth and Darcy shared a brief smile before Elizabeth went over to her mother.

"Yes mother?" asked Elizabeth.

"Normally I wouldn't take you away from eligible gentlemen, but that Mr. Darcy….he just wont do. I wouldn't have you marry him even with his ten thousand pounds a year." Said Mrs. Bennet with conviction.

"Ohh Mother…." Trailed off Elizabeth while shaking her head.

"We must be going now. But I invite the entire family to my home for dinner next Thursday, if you are available." Said Mr. Bingley

"Yes!!" shouted Mrs. Bennet. "I mean, of course we would love to attend. Thank you very much for the invitation."

Elizabeth and Jane looked at each other and tried not to laugh. Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy stood up and began to walk out of the room. Before he got to the door Mr. Darcy glanced back and locked eyes with Elizabeth. She gave him a little smile and followed Bingley out the door.

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"Tonight is the big night!" exclaimed Kitty. "The first family dinner."

"I don't know why we have to be there all evening. I will lose very important practice time." Said Mary.

"Mary, I'm sure that the Bingley's wont mind you playing a few pieces for us before dinner." Said Jane with a smile on her face. She was clearly excited to see Mr. Bingley that evening.

Elizabeth too was anxious to leave for the Bingley's house. Mr. Darcy was still there and she hadn't been able to talk to him in many days. She hoped her family wouldn't notice that she tried to look extra nice this evening. Even though Darcy had told her he loved her, she worried that she wasn't pretty enough for him.

"Lizzy, you look very pretty this evening." Said Kitty. "Have you finally taken mothers advice and decided to look for a husband?"

"No! I just want to look nice for Jane's sake. I know this is very important to her." Said Elizabeth. "So make sure to be on your best behavior."

"I know, I know. Don't make any inappropriate comments or flirt with the butlers." Said Kitty with a sigh.

Soon after the family was in their carriage on the way to Netherfield Park. Mrs. Bennet was bursting with excitement. Mr. Bennet was his normal self, but Elizabeth could tell he wanted to make a good impression. Elizabeth saw Kitty and Mary talking to one another with affection and she couldn't help but think it was good that Lydia was gone. Jane was staring out the window with a smile on her face, it was clear that she was thinking about Mr. Bingley. When they arrived at the Netherfield Park Mr. Bingley was right there to great them. Caroline Bingley stood beside him ever the gracious hostess.

"Welcome to our home." Said Caroline with a serene smile on her face. "I'm so glad you all could make it."

Elizabeth saw that Caroline wasn't pleased at all that they were there and that Mr. Bingley was forcing her to be civil. Mr. Darcy stood on her other side and had a stony look on his face. The Bennet's walked into the house and into the main sitting room. Jane and Bingley soon followed and then Mr. Darcy lead Caroline into the room. Everyone sat down, and an awkward silence followed.

"Miss Bingley, this room is beautiful, did you decorate it yourself?" asked Mrs. Bennet.

"Yes, since Charles was unmarried at the time, and our mother is unavailable, the task fell to me to decorate Netherfield Park." Replied Caroline.

"Would it please everyone if Mary played a few pieces for us before dinner?" asked Jane.

Caroline shot a look at Mr. Darcy, who gave her a look that said, "behave". Mary walked up to the pianoforte and began playing. Contrary to her other performances, this was much milder. She played a few pieces that she had been working on for the past few weeks. Elizabeth looked at her fondly being thankful that she wasn't embarrassing the family. Mr. Bingley, as usual, had a huge smile on his face as he watched Mary play, with Jane at his side. Mary finished her last piece just as the butler walked into the room.

"If you would all follow me, dinner is about to be served."

Authors Note: Thank you all for reading my first P&P story!! I don't know how its going to go, so please let me know what you all think!! I need all the advice I can get!! The next chapter will be the rest of the dinner and I promise for more Lizzy and Darcy action. If there is anything you want to see in this story, let me know and I'll try and work it in! Thanks again for reading!! Please review!