It’s Sneak Peek Sunday!
Today I’m offering a bit from my unusual, soon-to-be released The Changeling
Setting the stage: In a sad turn of events three newborn babies are set on a course unknown. One was taken and a changeling set in his place. The last was stillborn. And there’s one more desperate turn of events to come…
She uncovered the bundle in her arms, and looking down, she smiled. “He’s a handsome laddie, don’t ye think. I’m no expert mind, but Agnes and I both suspect the babe is of mixed race. His little ears…”
Moving to her side, Osgood broke into a smile of his own. The little bundled boy was sleeping. He ran a gentle fingertip over the small, slightly pointed, ear. “Yes, he very well could be. And yes, he’s a handsome little man – dark like Master Evan was. May his soul in heaven forgive us.”
The housekeeper put a reassuring hand on the head butler’s arm. “He wouldn’t want her ladyship’s heart broken more than it already is. You know how he loved her.”
“I do. As I see it Fanny, the baker’s child is no more – taken away to some faery hill no doubt, never to be seen again, if the old stories are true. This little boy did not belong with the Benton family anyway. He’s black-haired, for one. He’d grow being different, maybe disliked or mistrusted, even despised by his father as another man’s bastard. You know how people are when they feel something isn’t quite right. The child would suffer for a situation completely out of his control. It harms no one that he be raised a Pendry.”
She nodded. “Yes, you’re right Mr. Osgood. If nothing else, this is the better life of the two.”
“It most certainly is. He’ll be the 10th Earl of Pendry. The family will continue because of him.” To the babe, Osgood whispered, “Shall we meet your mummy little sir?”
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Interesting peek. The pointed ears sound suspect 🙂
I agree with Shelley, and they mentioned faeries as well as the child being of a mixed race. He’ll become an earl. Very interesting peek, Rose.