The Mermaid of Penperro
(Originally published in 2001 by Dorchester Publishing)
Version 1.1 – November, 2012
Published by Lisa Cach at Smashwords
Copyright © 2012 by Lisa Cach
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Kent, England, 1804
“Konstanze, my darling, I have something new for us to try,” Bugg whispered into her ear, and laid a book in her lap. Her elderly husband was standing behind her, bending low over her shoulder as she sat on the sofa in her sitting room, a coal fire burning in the grate before her. His whisper carried the stench of rotting teeth and brandy. His clothes smelled of tobacco, stale sweat, and sour hints of urine. A shudder ran across her shoulders and up her neck.