by Jacqui Ainsworth
Copyright 2012 Jacqui Ainsworth
All Rights Reserved
Cover Art by Alissa Ainsworth
Smashwords Edition July 2012
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Chapter 1: Chitter
Madeline finished helping her mother hang the clothes out to dry. Her mother did laundry for the castle and needed help in these later days of her pregnancy. It was her second and everyone had long given up hope that Madeline would ever have a sibling. The pregnancy was a pleasant surprise. It was a hard one though and Madeline was doing everything she could to ease her mother's workload. Her father was in charge of the stables and was having to get used to doing without her help. She would much rather be immersed in the smell of horses and hay than a tub of harsh-smelling laundry water!