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Crossing Blades


Madison Hunke

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© Copyright 2012, Madison Hunke

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Chapter One

Clear Springs


Clear Springs never quite felt like a home to me. Seventeen years that plantation had claimed from my life, and I was never one of its sentimental inhabitants. My father’s land acted as my jail cell and my parents the shackles. The world outside my prison was unknown to me, a mystery I could only read about in books and hear about from my parents’ frequent guests. The grand, baroque manor we lived in, the dark slaves that worked from dawn to dusk, the bubbling spring for which the plantation was named were all I knew. There was a never ending hunger for something more, yet a constant shadow looming over me that destroyed any chance of discovering what lies across Clear Spring’s property line. This shadow greatly resembled a man who went by the name Henry Patton, my father.

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