It was the turning into her fifth year, when Anushka would enter the next epoch of her childhood, the first learning years. Being a child whose family was of modest wealth, there were a few minor enchantments that were gifted to her. One was a book that could summon any one of a hundred different fairy tales within its pages with a simple chant. Another was a pair of boots that could lace themselves. And still another was a mysterious card placed within a vivid green envelope embossed with the golden letters of the giver’s initials.
I was a pauper.
And then I found a penny, and all my fortunes changed.
Okay, I may be exaggerating a little, about the pauper part.
I had enough money to eat and to sleep under a roof and even to feed Cadbury. But if my fortunes didn’t change soon…