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Chapter One


A screech echoed as a wedge-tailed eagle soared in the crisp, blue autumn air above Lake Como. Smoke rose from the chimney of an old shack to dance with the great bird, creating a masterpiece as the massive wings disbursed the gray vapors as if Vincent van Gogh had painted the sky. An old woman smiled at the sight as she rocked contentedly in a rickety chair twirling a girl's bracelet in her bony fingers. She toyed with each gold charm: a green enamel turtle, a conch shell, a pink and gold shamrock, a red ladybird, a heart with Faith etched into it, and her favorite, a smiling silver half moon. That's why Faith had to go first—the old woman wanted the charm bracelet. "Such a pretty young thing," she whispered to herself.

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