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Jo Forker
A Valentines Gin Love Story - Chapter 4

A Valentines Gin Love Story - Chapter 4

That same evening, Robin was hunting for botanicals in the forest.  Under a large conker tree he spotted some litter on the floor. Picking it up to take it to the nearest bin he noticed that it was a sweet wrapper.  And not just any sweet wrapper, for they were rhubarb and custard, Rose’s favourite.  Thinking nothing of it he popped it into his pocket and carried on through the forest. Before long, he found another wrapper, and another until it turned into a trail of sweet wrappers.  Robin was starting to feel quite concerned for the welfare of Rose and followed...

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Jo Forker
A Valentines Gin Love Story - Chapter 3

A Valentines Gin Love Story - Chapter 3

Meanwhile, another lady had her eye on Sir Robin, her name was Madame Geneva.  She was a French teacher from Liverpool.   Madame Geneva saw how much Robin and Rose had fallen in love and when she overheard Rose talking about her favourite sweets she came up with an evil plan so that she could marry Robin herself and become queen of the kingdom. The day after the ball, with a very sharp needle, she poisoned some rhubarb and custard sweets and scattered them around the forest in the hope that Rose would find them and fall into a deep, deep sleep....

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Jo Forker
A Valentines Gin Love Story - Chapter 2

A Valentines Gin Love Story - Chapter 2

Elsewhere in the kingdom there was a handsome prince, called Sir Robin of Locksley. Robin’s father, the King of Soho was a member of the Mandarin Dynasty and wanted Robin to marry a beautiful princess. So, the King planned to hold a ball for Robin’s birthday and he invited all the rich and beautiful women of the kingdom. The King planned lavish entertainment including 47 monkeys doing card tricks, an elephant on a trampoline and the court jester, young Tom, telling jokes from the stage.  Robin was not one for pomp and circumstance.  He preferred the simple life and to...

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Jo Forker
A Valentines Gin Love Story - Chapter 1

A Valentines Gin Love Story - Chapter 1

Once upon a time there was a girl called Rose.  She was the daughter of a Master Distiller who had died in an accident involving a jealous competitor and some gunpowder! He left his lonely wife and their 3 children, Rose, Martin and Nelson. They were poor and lived in a small cottage on the edge of a small forest, with their Shetland pony. Outside the cottage door, in the peace of the forest, two birds had made a nest in a conker tree and would chirp and cheep from sunrise to dusk. The forest was in the grounds of a...

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