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492 pages, Kindle Edition
First published July 8, 2014
“Is he the first boy you ever kissed?” I asked
“Who says I’ve kissed him?” Pauline replied mischievously. We both laughed. Girls of the royal staff were not supposed to indulge in such unrestrained behaviours.
“Well, if you were to kiss him, what do you think it would be like?”
Putting the laundry up to dry didn’t prove any easier than washing it. After hanging a whole basket of sheets and standing back to admire my work, a stiff wind came along and sprang them all loose, sending my wooden pegs flying in different directions like mad grasshoppers.
Hi face drew nearer, and I felt his breath on my skin. “I want to pull you close and never let you go,” he whispered.
“It’s not every day one has a first kiss,” I said.
“May I remind you that it wasn’t your first kiss?”
“It felt like it was. It was the first one that mattered.”
“It can take years to mold a dream. It takes only a fraction of a second for it to be shattered.”
“This life was a dream of my own making, one where my imagination was my only boundary. It was a life that I alone commanded.”