Genre: YA Historical
Word Count: 60,000
Pitch: 17yo Jenny discovers that the mother who abandoned her is the Red Lady pirate. When her mother is imprisoned, Jenny must decide to either rescue her or let her swing from King Henry’s noose.
The ship stole into the harbor just after dark. I happened to be looking out the upstairs window at the full moon reflected on the blue black water. I liked how the image wavered back and forth as the waves moved. Was the ship a reflection of the light?
I blinked and the image vanished. Thinking I had imagined it, I turned back to the room with the cleaning rag in my hand, I jumped. Meg watched me from the doorway.
“Girl? You dreaming again? Get to work before I whip you.” Meg flew at me with her hand raised.
I ducked and scurried out of her way. I ran down the stairs taking two at a time.
“Get back here, girl.”
Meg was old and had a substantial girth so I knew she would not be able to catch me. I giggled as I rounded the corner and ran smack into Thomas, who carried a full tray of goblets filled to the brim with ale. Of course they spilled all over him, me and the floor. I landed on my bottom, my dress soaked.
He glared at me.
“Fetch me six goblets of ale and take them to the table by the window.” Thomas shook himself like a dog would, sending more droplets of the nasty smelling brew all over me.
“I smell like ale,” I wailed as I wrung out a handful of hair dripping with the stuff. I stood and tried to get around him but he caught my arm.