By P. C. Doherty
As evening units in, Chaucer’s weary pilgrims locate themselves in a Kent copse, rumored to be haunted. Huddling round the fireplace, they convince the Clerk of Oxford to inform a ghostly story of affection and loss of life that would extra kick back their blood...
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I don’t know about you, good sirs and ladies, but I am not yet ready for sleep. ’ He looked at the clerk. ‘You know our custom? ’ ‘Yes! ’ chorused the rest of the pilgrims. The clerk stared across at Sir Godfrey. ’ He eased his legs. ’ The Clerk’s Tale PART I Chapter 1 Ravenscroft Castle stood on a small crag, a brooding, rocky presence not far from Blackwater River outside the town of Maldon in Essex. Ravenscroft had been built in an age when God and his saints slept, when Stephen and Mathilda waged relentless civil war.
For ever? Sealed in this existence for all eternity? She kissed Ralph on the brow and walked out of the chamber. ’ Crispin was standing in the stairwell. ‘All gone,’ he said. ‘Lost like tears in the rain. ’ He took her by the hand and she didn’t resist. They walked out to Midnight Tower and up flights of steps. Beatrice found herself in Adam’s room. He and Marisa were lying, fully clothed, on the bed, arms about each other. Marisa was crying. Adam was soothing her, stroking her hair. ‘So unnecessary,’ Crispin’s voice murmured.
He glanced round. ‘We are all the King’s men here. ’ ‘But they are poor men and women,’ Father Aylred protested. ’ Sir John was a kindly man and Beatrice could see he was deeply worried. ‘I’ve done the best I can. ’ Lady Anne snapped. They all murmured in agreement. A week earlier Goodman Winthrop, a tax collector from London, had arrived at the castle: a lanky, balding, snivel-nosed individual dressed in a grey fustian robe and high-heeled leather riding boots. Goodman Winthrop was a lawyer sent by the Exchequer to collect the poll tax in Ravenscroft, Maldon and the outlying areas.
A Haunt of Murder by P. C. Doherty