by Jacqui Ainsworth

Copyright 2012 Jacqui Ainsworth

All Rights Reserved

Cover Art by Alissa Ainsworth

Smashwords Edition July 2012

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, trademarked products, events, and locations are fictitious or are used fictitiously. Any resemblances to actual events or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.

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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!

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