By Ann Turnbull
1644 – Alice Newcombe, trapped and unsatisfied on her uncle's farm, reveals her existence reworked while royalist infantrymen are billeted there throughout the Civil battle. without warning her days are packed with pleasure – and love for one younger soldier, Robin. whilst the regiment strikes on, Alice persuades Robin to take her with him, and she or he joins the opposite military girls at the luggage teach. the line forward is hard and long – will there be happiness at its finish?
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Ann asks, biting her lip, torturing herself. It is no different from the small cuts she makes on her arms with her sewing scissors, the ones her sleeves hide, the ones I know she has begun again. "Yes. Of course," Felicity answers, as if the question is tedious. "My mother and father have planned a Christmas ball. " Everyone except you, she might as well say. "I shall be confined to close quarters with my grandmama, who never misses an opportunity to point out my faults, and my infuriating brother, Tom.
The second night, exhausted by my travels, half dead with cold and hunger—for I had finished my meager portion of meat two days prior—my mind made strange by isolation, the woods began to play tricks on me. In my weakened state, every whippoorwill became a haunt; each twig broken under a fawn's hooves a threat from the unquiet souls of barbarians slaughtered centuries before. By the light of the fire, I read several passages from my only book, a copy of The Odyssey, hoping to gain courage from the trials of that hero.
I run my fingers over the leather and remember her laugh, the softness of her face. I turn my attention back to the diary I know so well and spend half an hour scouring my mother's words for some guidance, but I find none. I haven't the vaguest idea of how to go about reforming the Order or how to use the magic. There is no useful information on the Rakshana and what they may have planned for me. There is nothing more to tell me about Circe and how I might find her before she finds me. It feels as if the whole world is waiting for me to act, and I am lost.