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By Scott O'Dell

Serena Lynn, age seventeen, turns down an appointment to serve England's King, James I, at court docket in an effort to persist with her liked Anthony Foxcroft around the sea to the newly based colony of Jamestown. yet their send, loaded with much-needed provides, founders in a storm, wrecking Serena and Anthony in Bermuda. by the point they make their technique to Jamestown, the colony is in ruins, the folk half-starved. Now Serena needs to visit the Indian princess Pocahontas to plead for the lifetime of the colony -- and of the guy she loves!

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Put on it now and all instances, even if you sleep. " He known as a defend and despatched him posthaste with directions to retrieve the hoop and never to come back with no it. "Have you collected your issues? Your magical pens? " he requested me. "We stream at midday, quickly after the quest. do not hassle with outfits. put on what you put on now. you can be dressed accurately, in courtly style, in the event you achieve London. " He positioned down his knife, shoved the untouched duck away, after which defined the lifestyles i'd be brought to. It used to be a sparkling photo he painted—the eminent males, the lords and women i might meet, the dances, the courtly fetes i might attend. "Sometime," he acknowledged, "and may well God hold up the day, a worthwhile knight will declare you. " I his each be aware. I smiled, I nodded, made little indicators of delight, used to be charmed past the powers of speech. but withal, each moment of the time my inner most suggestions by no means strayed as soon as from Anthony Foxcroft. The servant got here again, red-faced, with the hoop. His Majesty rose and in reverent silence positioned it on my finger. Then he glanced at my brow. happy with what he observed, he disregarded me with a grin. That evening, because the citadel slept less than a half-moon, I packed my top outfits and made my method to the stables. A horse I had ridden ahead of, which used to be slow-footed but trustworthy, me in the course of the bushes till i used to be out of listening to. After mountain climbing to his again, I plodded down the line previous Wentworth, earlier Selby, towards the far-off city of Plymouth. At dawn, attaining Darnley Village, i finished at a tavern and slept until midmorning. whilst I had fast breakfasted and was once approximately to begin off in a slanting rain, the tavernkeeper recommended me to not depart. there have been highwaymen at the street forward. "Five tourists have been robbed final night," he acknowledged. "They all misplaced their handbags. One misplaced his existence. it is silly, omit, to move farther. " I thanked him kindly and rode off within the rain, clenching the serpent ring, my dad or mum, my security opposed to all damage. SEVEN I arrived in Plymouth after 9 days and nights on muddy roads in wind and rain. I rode through submit horses a part of the time, having little in my handbag and my very own horse having given out. i might needed to borrow kilos from Countess Diana, leaving a notice with a promise to come back the money. but not anything of this ordeal mattered. The fleet had no longer sailed. The ships lay at anchor within the calm waters of Plymouth Bay, flags flying from their masts, decks aswarm with settlers. And as I rode up the cobbled road I observed Anthony Foxcroft status on the door of the White Lamb Tavern in dialog with a gaggle of guys. now not an hour had handed because the day I left domestic that I hadn't anxious approximately him. Had he replaced his brain and long gone off to conceal himself in France? Had he met with a few terrible coincidence? Had Robert Carr set guards on his path and arrested him? yet, miracle of miracles, there he stood in a sky-blue doublet and a feathered cap, his lengthy hair shining within the shiny solar. I rode previous him up the cobbled road and gave over my employed horse to the submit rider who had observed me the final leg of the adventure.

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