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Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald

Copyright 1993-2011, Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald.

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The Queen's Mirror


Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald

When I was very young, my mother the queen had a mirror that hung on the wall in her private chamber. A velvet curtain fell across the glass's gilded frame, but in those days no hand ever drew it aside—save mine, one day when I was curious and, I thought, alone.

My own reflection looked back at me: a girl-child in rich clothing, with the same dark eyes and fair skin that made my mother's beauty famous throughout the kingdom. Behind me, a casement window opened to show the palace gardens and the deep woods of the royal hunting preserve beyond. I saw movement among the reflected shrubbery and turned to find Gregor, the chief of the queen's huntsmen, standing outside in the garden.

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