Chapter One; Arrival
Annabelle watched Mother give Father a quick hug. Her parents were nearly as excited as they were, she realized.
She felt a surge of joy. Despite their crammed, stuffy spot below deck, her mother always seemed to make their long trip at sea seem almost like home. Happiness shone through her long, gentle face like the warm sun. Her beautiful red hair rested on her slender shoulders. Some might’ve seen it as unkempt due to the rigors of traveling at sea, but Annabelle thought its beauty still glowed.
“They’re excited again, I see.”
“Yes,” he chuckled. “Can you blame them?”
“No. I believe there’s excitement enough for everyone.” She kissed him. “In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen you this happy.”
“I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy. Back in London, our lives were so constrained. Out here in the New World, there are so many possibilities.”
Roland shouted, “Father, Mother, we’ve stopped. We’re docking. Let’s go! Let’s go! Let’s go!”
The excited boy led his family up on deck where they watched the sailors toss heavy ropes over to the wooden jetty. The boatswain shouted for the crew to furl the sails. Annabelle jumped as the heavy anchor chain splashed into the water. She couldn’t believe it. They were finally here.
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