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The Blacksmith's Daughter

By Allan Cole

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Copyright © 2011 by Allan Cole


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The Blacksmith's Daughter

Hilde’s day began hours before first cock crow. The stars were still bejeweled mothers of the night when the girl rose from her pallet, wincing in pain.

In the corner of the wattle hut her father muttered in his sleep, making her heart jump.

"Peace," he mumbled through thick lips. "Just a little peace."

Her body still ached from the beating he’d given her and so she waited a long time before she moved, making sure he was still caught in the net of his drunken stupor. She shivered in her thin, much-patched shift, belly roiling from her father's sour odor, which seemed to permeate the room.

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