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When C.C. woke up, she found herself in a strange room. Light and airy, sunlight shimmered in through the large windows and warmed the cozy bedroom. The bed she lay upon was soft and cradled her in its feathery goodness, and as she sat up and looked around, saw that the rest of the room’s…

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Once when she had been younger, she had been proud of the one and only gift her father had given her – the ability to read – as there had been few other girls, or even women, with such cunning. But that had been before her father had left them. Now she felt nothing but…

Prologue

In the dim light, she sat wearily in the old chair. She could see her brother lying on the bed, his thin frame barely making an outline in the dark of night. Wringing her hands together, she pursed her lips as she wrapped her arms around her stomach. Something would have to change, and soon….