So as promised Ladies and Gentlemen I am posting the first chapter to one of the…..five books I am working on. This one is my top priority right now and the others are kind of on the side or I am still trying to figure them out, but without any further ado I give you:
Prolog April 17, 1523
“It’s a girl Roger, finally a girl.” Jasmine called through the door. Roger quit pacing and smiled. His wife now had a daughter to teach and do hair with. As the head knight he had spent allot of time with his sons teaching them everything he possibly could once they hit four.
Now he had a daughter he could protect. “Dad is the baby finally here?” Jason asked bursting through the door with his younger brothers in tow. Roger looked at his sons who were all looking at him expectantly; he smiled at them and said, “It’s a girl.” The bedroom door opened and the mid wife nodded her head to the unspoken question on all the men’s faces.
They all filed in to get a look at their new family member. “What is her name Jasmine?” Roger asked his wife as he sat on the bed next to her. She looked at her husband and smiled as she handed him their baby, “Her name is Elizabeth Rosaline Marks.” The boys crowded around their parents to look at their new sister, just then Elizabeth opened her eyes and looked at every one in the room. Roger smiled at the baby in his arms. “She has green eyes. Just like her Momma.”
May 10, 1540
“Lizzy you need to get up, the boat is about to dock and then we’ll have a twelve hour ride ahead of us before we’ll be home.” Elizabeth sat up and glared at her eldest brother Jason. “You know, I may love you to death but you sure know how to aggravate a girl. I don’t know why all the girls think you are charming but you’re a scoundrel.”
She stood up and stretched as her brother laughed. Elizabeth couldn’t help but laugh also; her brother’s laughter was contagious. When they settled down Jas on hugged her and said over the top of her head, “Sorry Lizzy but I can’t wait to get home, I know that you are tired and you’ve only slept for an hour, but that’s your own fault.”
She yawned as he led her up the stairs to the deck. She watched as Jason waked to the other side of the boat to make sure all their things were suited to be unloaded.
“Here, have some bread Miss Robinson.” She turned around in surprise then smiled at the Captain who happened to be carrying some bread and cheese. “Why, thank you sir,” she replied accepting the bread.” Is this from the breakfast I slept through?” The Captain nodded in reply then walked away as she took a bite.
She looked toward her brother about to ask him how much longer until they landed but inhaled a quick breath at how stunning he looked with the dawn light upon him. His dark hair had streaks of blond in it that now shone Pinkish-Orange. His strong features looked more relaxed as he smiled to the now visible land.
At twenty-two he was still her favorite of her older brothers even though he traveled allot. He turned and caught her staring at him and gave her the smile he gave most women when they stared at him. Elizabeth was very tempted to roll her eyes at him but decided to pretend to be flirtatious so she smiled back and started batting her lashes at him while turning her body from side-to-side the way she had seen the girls in their town do when he flashed that smile. He burst out laughing and she did too as she walked over to him.
She noticed that some of the crew was looking at them funny which made her laugh harder. She settled down as the ship landed. Her brother helped her down to the dock with a hurried and excided stride. “Now to go get the horses from the stable and ride home. Lizzy will you see that our trunks get sent back to Aunt Ida’s hotel?” She nodded and told the waiting sailor to take their things to the hotel right across the street.
When she saw that accomplished she ran to the stables but stopped as soon as she got inside. “Buttercup!” She yelled when she spotted her horse and Joseph a stableman from home.
Her brother talked to their servant in a whispered conversation as she hugged her horse. She looked up in surprise as her brother’s voice rose slightly.
“Jason, what’s wrong?” Jason looked at her but didn’t answer, instead he mounted his horse. “We need to hurry Lizzy I can’t explain what I don’t understand myself.” She mounted and followed her brother confused.