Here is another excerpt from the book where Lucy Martin meets the Union Jack for the first time. She is surprised but quickly warms to the idea of magical flying furniture. After all, who wouldn’t?
“Lucy! Give me your hand!” Henry shouted, grabbing her as they both jumped onto Jack’s seat.
Lucy stared wide-eyed at Henry. “What!? What in the devil is this going to do?” she pointed down toward the chair, puzzled. Darnell was holding his jaw, struggling to get onto his feet. Henry knew they did not have long. He straightened his hat and pushed his glasses up the bridge of his nose. “Jack! Let’s fly!” he shouted. The great chair’s balloon exploded into the alleyway and lifted the pair upward above the adjacent buildings. Darnell stumbled backwards and cursed the pair as they flew out of his reach over the rooftops of the high street, toward the river. Lucy clung tightly to Henry as Jack struggled a bit to lift his two passengers and the bulky load of fabric for the Scotsman.
Noticeably frightened, Lucy turned to Henry, still holding tightly to his waist. “What’s happening?” she cried. “We’re flying,” Henry replied with a chuckle. Lucy blinked and shook her blonde head. “I know that but what is the meaning of all this?” she asked shakily as Jack hit a small pocket of wind over the Thames.
Henry smiled and patted Jack on the back. “Lucy, meet Jack. Jack, meet Lucy,” he said nearly out of breath. He paused for moment, then placed his hand on Lucy’s shoulder. He felt the tension in her subside. “I was in as much disbelief the first time Jack and I met. All I have to say is that there is magic in this world, Lucy. This is magic. Jack found me and that changed everything,” he said holding her tightly. He was pleased beyond measure to share this with her. He did not like keeping secrets from those he cared for. She shivered a bit, so he opened the front of his overcoat and wrapped it around her narrow shoulders. She smiled up at him, the skirt of her blue striped dress waving in the wind as they flew.
Lucy closed her eyes for a moment and drew a deep breath. She opened them again and looked out over the horizon. She could see all of London and it was marvelous. She looked again at Henry who gave her a sweet smile. “I always knew there was magic. I just never thought I would experience it. Thank you, Henry, for rescuing me. I knew you were special from the first moment we met,” she said softly then buried her head in Henry’s chest.
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