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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Sixty-Nine

AT SEVEN PRECISELY, the stage was set beneath the spreading branches of an ancient oak. The wind was light but icy sharp, pointed as the rapiers Vine would have brought had it been a duel of swords.  But pistols it … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Sixty-Seven

TO BE FACED come rain or shine, he might have added. Or come more snow, of which there was much as the coach pulled away next day.  Yorkshire, as they travelled through it at last, lay hushed beneath a vast … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Sixty-Six

‘COACHMAN YOU WILL go back with us now,’ Joe ordered. ‘When you’ve changed the horses,’ said Nell, while Robert rose beside her for extra numbers and Olu twirled her poker red at the end. ‘Who’s going to pay me for … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Sixty-Five

IN THE CRUNCHING snow and slippery ice their conveyance skidded out of London with a lusty blow of clarion ten minutes late of the appointed hour.  They had the carriage to themselves on such a wintry day and it went … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Sixty-Three

THE MAGISTRATE Mr Sharp recommended had died last week and his office lay vacant for now. Hobson’s choice ruled instead, which meant their case was put to the first who’d condescended to see them.  Justice Leadbeater’s office in Chancery Lane … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Fifty-Seven

WAITING FOR THEM patiently in the one good chair of the room was Joe. He looked at Nell, threw a quick glance at Olu and the sleeping Robert on the floor, and turned his gaze back. ‘Joe…’ was all Nell … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Fifty-Three

NELL’S CHOICE WAS the Hope Tavern for obvious reasons. To impress Olu further was the aim and keep her pledge intact.  It was hard to believe she was here, harder still to believe she’d stay. ‘You have come here before,’ … Continue reading

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