“I opened my eyes to a golden, sun-filled but otherwise empty chamber, save for the bustling tavern keeper, now rearranging the chairs about me.
‘Morning, master,’ he said on seeing me stretching. ‘I trust you’ve slept well? Your friends retired to their room to sleep, but asked that you be left undisturbed.’
I thanked him with a small coin from my pouch and he eased back the bolts on the door to let me out into the street. From the place of the sun in the sky and the throng of people, pack animals and carts hastening every which way on the paved thoroughfare, I reckoned it was a fit time to spring my surprise visit on my family. I stepped lightly into the tangled lanes of my home district, and the bells of first one, then another and another of the many nearby churches tolled for prime. Then, ahead and above them all, resounded the great bells of the Minster.
I was home again, after more than four long, turbulent years…”
One day to go …
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Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boar and The King’s Man, and a third in the sequence, King in Waiting, which continues the adventures of the young members of the Order in the following years. A fourth book, Sons of York, will be published 26 June 2022.
Alex is also editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by King Richard, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK).
Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time, relating the adventures of Allie Turner through a doorway into history found under layers of old wallpaper at ancient Priory Farm.
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