The Bewitching of Amoretta Ipswich

Western Historical Romance

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The spirit of adventure and curiosity that dwelled within her bosom was passionate with excitement! It was obvious there was something wildly interesting inside the gristmill, and Amoretta silently swore to herself she would discover what it was no matter what. She promised herself that nothing short of torture could keep her from seeing what was inside now that her feet were set on the path.

“Is it frightening at all?” Calliope asked.

“Shh,” Blanche kindly scolded.

But Winnie whispered, “I suppose it could be considered frightenin’…to some girls.”

“Is it a ghost?” Calliope asked in a softer whisper.

“Oh heavens no!” Sallie giggled. “It’s ever so much more wonderful than a ghost!”

“Now everyone hush,” Prudence whispered as she began to rather creep toward the back outer wall of the mill. “If they hear us…well…we don’t want anyone to hear us is all.”

Slowly Amoretta and Calliope followed the others to a place where a board hung loosely from the rest of the wooden planks of the outer back wall of the gristmill. Blanche put a finger to her lips to remind everyone to be silent.

Winnie smiled as she took hold of Amoretta’s shoulders. “Just kneel here in the grass,” she whispered. Sallie knelt down in the grass and took Calliope’s hand to guide her to follow.

Amoretta carefully knelt in the cool grass shaded by mill and trees. Once Prudence and Blanche had knelt down with the others, Prudence pointed to the low, loosely hanging board, indicating that Amoretta and Calliope should look through the open space it presented.

Amoretta’s heart was pounding like the rapids of some raging river! What were they about to witness? Spirits roaming the old mill? Pirates? Outlaws? Her imagination couldn’t list possibilities quickly enough.

And then, all at once—in the space of a moment and a short gasp—Amoretta Ipswich knew exactly why the young ladies of Meadowlark Lake liked to sneak out to the gristmill and peep through the loose siding board.

“Oh my—” Amoretta’s exclamation of astonishment was silenced by Winnie’s hand quickly covering her mouth.”

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