By Anne Perry
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Extra resources for A Christmas Promise (The Christmas Stories, Book 7)
But Gracie did not sleep well, in spite of being very nearly warm enough. She could not forget Minnie Maude Mudway, standing on the street corner in the dusk, grieving for loneliness, death, a donkey who might or might not be lost. All night it troubled her, and she woke to the bleak, icy morning still miserable. She got up quickly, without disturbing her gran, who needed every moment of sleep she could find. Gracie pulled on her clothes immediately. The air was as cold as stone on her skin. There was ice on the inside of the windows as well as on the outside.
She hugged her arms closer around her, and the pigeons cooing seemed louder, as though the birds too were afraid. “We gotta get it back,” Minnie Maude said, moving a little closer to Gracie. ” Gracie said instantly, her voice sharp, too positive. ” Minnie Maude whispered. “Yer sure? Even if it were stole by someone wicked? ” Gracie had no opinion on that. It was something she had not even thought of. It was a child’s imagination, and she was old enough to face the real problems in the world, like cold and hunger, illness, and how to pay for things.
Nobody,” Jimmy agreed. “It were jus’ Tommy talkin’ like a fool. ” Minnie Maude was sitting clutching her porcelain teacup, her eyes wide with fear. ” Jimmy said wearily. “If they put out summink by mistake, then they’d jus’ go an’ ask fer it back. ” “But they did kill ’im,” Minnie Maude pointed out, sniffing and letting out her breath in a long sigh. ” “I know,” Jimmy admitted. “An’ I’m real sorry about that. ” That was all they would learn from him, and ten minutes later they were outside in the street again, and a fine rain was falling with a drift of sleet now and then.
A Christmas Promise (The Christmas Stories, Book 7) by Anne Perry