Regency heroine: Oh hello, who are you?
Sci-fi hero: T'Kahn Strider, space traveler.
Regency heroine: Of the Sussex Striders?
Sci-fi hero: From Devorn of the third Galaxy.
RH: Is that near America?
S-FH: Er, no. Do you live in that large example of Palladianism architecture?
RH: The ancestral pile? (Sighs). Yes but not for long. I'm to be wed to my scheming neighbor who is much too old for me. I fear he is more interested in my fortune than my person.
S-FH: Do your parents know he's an asshole?
RH: They're the ones who proposed the marriage, even though my fiancé's previous wife died in suspicious circumstances.
S-FH: Want me to kill him with my atom blaster?
RH: Will it do the job? It's a rather small weapon.
S-FH: Everything is smaller in the future.
S-FH: Except TVs. And the egos of celebrities.
RH: What about...? (glances pointedly at S-FH's shiny pants.)
S-FH: Want to find out?
RH: But I'm a Regency heroine! I must remain a virgin until my true hero rescues me from my evil fiancé.
S-FH: Is he here yet?
RH: No but Patience is my middle name. Quite literally.
S-FH (waggles eyebrows): I'm here now.
RH: Yes but you are not my hero.
S-FH: Why the hell not?
RH: Well, your language for one thing. And you aren't broody enough, nor are your shoulders broad. Indeed, they're rather puny.
S-FH: I'm not all puny. Would you like to see?
RH: Stop! Please, or I shall be forced to protect my honor by swooning.
S-FH: Er, don't do that. I don't know how to handle swooning women. I prefer ones that shoot at me.
RH: That could be arranged. I did mention my fiancé was evil, didn’t I?
S-FH: Seriously, let me at him with the atom blaster. Might liven things up around here a bit.
RH: It can be rather dull with nothing but needlework and reading to do.
S-FH: I could rescue you from boredom. If I was your hero. I could also rescue you from your evil fiancé by whisking you away in my time machine. And I dress well.
RH: I do like your shiny pants. And an adventure does sound rather thrilling. Would you show me exotic places if I agreed to accompany you? I've always wanted to see Scotland.
S-FH: I'll take you anywhere and anywhen you want to go. But the whole virginal heroine thing could be a problem. I'm no gentleman and we'll be alone in my time machine.
RH: Piffle to convention. Courtesan heroines are wildly popular right now anyway.
S-FH: I know. Why do you think I chose to come to the Regency?