My Story - The Great Plague - A London Girl's Diary by Pamela Oldfield

By Pamela Oldfield

A time of horror has come to London. in a single poor summer season, greater than 15% of its inhabitants will perish. because the bubonic plague ravages London's streets, mercilessly plucking up sufferers and filling the plague pits with corpses, 13-year-old Alice Paynton documents the outbreak in her diary. "It turns out that previously week seven-hundred humans have died of the plague. So the plague has good and really come to London... one of many homes within the subsequent highway had a crimson go painted at the door. Above the pass an individual had chalked Lord Have Mercy Upon Us." Alice's chilling diary brings alive one of many darkest moments in British historical past: the nice Plague of 1665-1666.

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The grateful sob slipped from Anne-Marie softly. ” 56 Lori Copeland Creed carefully made his way to where she sat. Reaching out, she helped him to the ground. “You risked your life to save her,” she whispered. ” She caught back a sob. “One old woman couldn’t possibly mean anything to you, but she meant everything to me. ” She turned to look at him. ” He wiped a sooty hand across his face and she winced when she noted that blisters were forming on his palms. “It’s hard to say—a stray spark on the rug.

She hadn’t put those potholes in the road. ” Well now. She could be just as testy as he could. ” The wind whipped her hair into her face and she brushed it aside. ” “Do you want to separate? Because we can. ” He was baiting her but she wasn’t falling for his trick. She hadn’t asked to be involved in that gold shipment, but she had just as much invested in this escapade as these two. If anyone other than Wells Fargo got that gold, she was going to get her share. She was smart enough to know that Creed and Quincy were her best hope for rejoining her sisters in Mercy Flats.

She wasn’t sure if she should call him by his given name, but at the moment the small liberty felt proper. ” Anne-Marie took a bite of bread, chewing thoughtfully. It was a high risk. Those strongboxes belonged to Wells Fargo. The last thing she wanted or sought was more trouble. That gold wasn’t theirs and needed to be returned. ” “I suppose it would, but I don’t see we have much choice but to My Heart Stood Still 49 keep them. I wouldn’t advise turning them over to anyone we didn’t know for certain.

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