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A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences: Tale from the Archives

A Precarious Child

By Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

Copyright Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris 2012

Published by ImagineThat! Studios at Smashwords

Hanging by her fingertips from a balcony, was not the situation Verity Fitzroy’s father would have hoped his daughter to be in. She knew that and was a little sorry, knowing that he would have been disappointed.

He’d taught Verity about the importance of three points of contact when climbing walls, the proper way of dispatching vipers, and the most efficient method of riding at speed. In fact, she’d learned such etiquette long before most girls were taught how to curl their hair.

With tiny gasp between clenched teeth, she locked her eyes shut hard, and tried not to imagine the stonework giving way fractionally and dropping her to the cobbles four storeys beneath. Also there was the lingering temptation that if she let go, they would finally be together; she missed her parents every day.

The reality was, hanging three storeys above the pavement such surrender would anger Father even more. He would have been proud of her earning a living on the streets of London that didn’t involve taking her clothes off. He would have been proud of her surviving a very tough fifteen years in this world.

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