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Joshua Reynolds’s sixth novel:

Excerpt from Draft 2 of the Detailed Storyline

This is a story about children of medieval English nobles, how a certain tenant of a noble becomes the noble’s page/squire, and how many smaller adventures the children have lead to helping a noble deal with a certain unruly knight. . . .

. . . .The book begins by describing a private outdoor garden sanctuary on <undisclosed>’s estate. It is a place [he] sometimes contemplates in and the place he sometimes has private meetings with nobles. The place is . . . a stone flat carved into the side of a hill. . . [It] has many small cascading waterfalls that spring down a vantage point from above the Dais and run down the hillside to a lake in a forest in the valley. These waterfalls create many smaller streams that water the vegetation. From the Dais can be seen the lake from several clearings in the woods. . . .

. . .The narrative turns to the kitchen gardens and a few children tending them, taking particular note of a boy.