Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl

By Leigh Statham

Lady Marguerite lives a existence such a lot 17th-century French women can basically dream of: cash, fashion designer attire, suitors, and a safe destiny. other than she can’t really decide to a lifetime of uninteresting luxurious and she or he suspects she can be falling for her ally Claude, a typical smithy within the family's steam forge. while Claude leaves for brand new France looking for a greater existence, Marguerite makes a decision to persist with him and try her suspicions of love—only the journey proves to be extra harrowing than she expected. Love, event, and restitution watch for her if she will live to tell the tale the voyage.

in line with the genuine tale of The Daughters of the King, Louis the XIV’s social application to settle the wilds of Canada with girls of noble delivery, Marguerite’s steampunk experience follows within the footsteps of approximately a thousand courageous girls and women who have been rewarded handsomely for hiking around the pirate infested Atlantic to a wierd land.

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Pomphart rallied and reached for her bandaged arm, yet she used to be too gradual. Marguerite used to be greater than prepared. She raised her leg fast and kicked Pomphart sq. within the face. the girl grabbed her nostril and howled as she stumbled backward and tipped over the wall, wailing the entire manner down, and touchdown with a touch within the murky water. Jacques was once at Marguerite’s aspect right away. “Are you harm? ” “No. ” She breathed seriously and rubbed her arm. “I’m effective. I’m greater than fantastic. i think outstanding! ” “I don’t comprehend who's extra insane, you or that nanny of yours. ” Jacques chuckled at her merriment. “I needed to reside together with her. She taught me every thing i do know. ” Marguerite shook a section yet sighed deeply and leaned into Jacques’s hands in natural bliss. “I’ve been ready a long time to do this. ” Jacques shook his head and driven a strand of hair out of her face. “And I’ll let you know whatever else. ” Marguerite pulled away to appear over the wall on the flailing girl crying out less than. “What’s that? ” Jacques peered together with her. “I imagine it’s too risky round the following to put on a costume. ” She motioned to Pomphart slightly maintaining her head above the icy water, her skirts weighing her down. “M’lady? ” Outil got here walking up at the back of them by means of Claude. “What’s occurring? ” Claude requested. “I concept I heard Pomphart. ” “You did,” Marguerite replied. “What occurred? the place is she? ” Claude appeared up and down the road. “I concept we shook these off this morning. ” Jacques placed an arm round Marguerite’s waist and pulled her nearer. “This notable specimen of a girl despatched her swimming again to France. ” “M’lady? ” Outil’s face registered as a lot alarm as a bot might. “See for your self. ” He pointed over the wall. the complete celebration leaned rigorously over simply in time to witness a guy in a small rowboat attempting to haul the beating nanny aboard. “Well, now. that could be a sight for sore eyes! ” Claude laughed out loud and slapped his aspect. “Never idea I’d see the day whilst Pomphart acquired hers. good performed. ” “I’d need to agree. ” Jacques became to Marguerite and grinned generally. “What are you observing? ” She cocked her head to at least one facet, yet couldn’t aid guffawing a section. “My destiny. ” “Oh, quite? ” Her eyebrows arched. “Most certainly. ” the tip Epilogue Pomphart have been correct approximately something: the constable was once there very quickly and took a document. a number of passersby had watched the madwoman with a knife accosting the unusual woman donning trousers. an area fisherman pulled the wailing wretch from the deep and took her to shore the place she was once arrested and, by the way, neglected her passage again to France. Jacques used to be reinstated as an teacher at Montreal’s Flight Academy for girls, and Marguerite proved to be an exemplary scholar, catching up and surpassing her fellow classmates very easily. even supposing that they had to maintain their courting quiet in the intervening time, Jacques made his intentions transparent frequently, and Marguerite made hers recognized simply as frequently. “Why won’t you simply marry me? shall we have our personal tract of land in a godforsaken nook of latest France and lift goats to our hearts’ content material.

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