In a Pirate’s Arms
Copyright 2011 Mary Kruger
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Cover Art copyright 2011 Daniel Wieghmink
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. May, 1811
Out in the harbor the ship stood rigged and ready, awaiting only the morrow to sail. Rebecca Talbot took one last look at it, the ship that symbolized the end of her life as she knew it, and then turned away, hunching her shoulders. It was nearly teatime. Father would wonder why she wasn’t at the Donner townhouse, where she was staying with him and Amelia, her sister. Never would he understand that she had fled to escape discussion of the voyage she dreaded so; never would she understand why he so wanted to be rid of her, no matter her past sins. She knew only that if she didn’t return soon, there’d be the devil to pay.