The Jester's Apprentice
Copyright 2011 Amy Saunders
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Thanks to the legend of Robin Hood for introducing me to my favorite historical era.
The night before her wedding, Philippa dreamt that she married a skeleton. He wrapped his cold fingers around hers and led her, her parents, and other wedding guests in a circle dance, moving faster and faster until she dropped from dizziness. He leaned over her and laughed as fire engulfed his empty frame, shooting out of his eye sockets. She awoke in a sweat, peering around the room until sure the skeleton wasn't there. The world seemed very empty, and as Philippa's eyes closed against her will, she fancied the skeleton's face did resemble her future husband a little. She told herself as she drifted back to sleep that she would leave Ainsley Hall and all its unpleasant memories behind the next day - and never look back.