In the Presence of Mine Enemies
LadyStarlight - September 14, 2003

I blink quickly and turn back to Elizabeth and Lucy, clutching their arms against the dizziness that threatens to overwhelm me. They are chattering about the pantomime we are about to see and I pretend to join in their delight. It is tinged with sadness as this is the last night we will spend together as sisters. They are boarding the ship for India tomorrow and when I see them again, they will be the wives of soldiers. Mama and Uncle had thought to send me too, but decided that three fares were too much of an expense to be borne. I was not displeased with this, as I did not want Annie to be the only sister left at home.



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