The little girl who was found in the snow has since settled down in the Heap household. She was named Jenna, after Silas's mother. The boys in the family loved their new baby sister very much and eventually, came to forget the pain and loss of their infant brother, Septimus.Sarah and Silas, their parents, could not forget Septimus of course. Each blamed him or herself for the death of the child. They loved baby Jenna as much as they loved Septimus and deep within their hearts they feared that someday, somehow, Jenna too might be taken away from them.Sarah, who was kept constantly busy with the raising of seven young children, rarely had the time to mingle with people her own age. So visits from Sally Mullins, Sarah's best friend, were most welcome. Sally ran the small cafe on the pontoon beside the river and so knew all the latest gossip from the many strangers who came and went.That day, Sally came with dreadful news. "The Queen is dead!" she said. For months now, the people have not seen their Queen, believing that she had taken ill after the birth of her daughter. But now, Sally tells Sarah, the Queen was assassinated on the day her baby was born. It was also the day that Alther Mella, the ExtraOrdinary Witch had died. He too was shot. He too was assassinated and that was how his apprentice, Marcia Overstrand, had been given his post.It was reckoned however that Marcia had rescued the baby princess, whose whereabouts is now in question. Sarah began to think to herself, could Jenna, the baby they adopted six months ago, be the lost princess? As Sally Mullins said her goodbyes, Sarah wondered and worried about what would happen if anyone found out where the princess really was.Silas, oblivious to the goings on at home, was happily fishing with his boys down by the river. The older boys were expert fishermen, while the younger ones tended to either squeal in delight or wail in fright.
That evening, as they made their way home towards the Ramblings, a large and menacing Custodian Guard halted them. After asking for papers and saying some unkind words about wizard folk, the guard lets Silas and his boys continue on their way.The encounter troubled the boys, whom have always been proud of their wizarding heritage. Silas tried his best to encourage them not to give the matter a further thought.That evening, when the children were at long last fast asleep, Silas and Sarah talked well into the night. Fearing for Jenna's safety, they talked about the possibility of fleeing with all their children, into the forest or the marshes. They would do, they thought, as the Heaps usually did - muddle through and hope for the best.But no one came for Jenna, not for nine and a half years. Silas and Sarah kept their secret and protected it by limiting their contact with people. They spoke only to the neighbours they trusted.Wizard's children's eyes normally turned green when they had been exposed to Magyk at school, but nine and a half year old Jenna was denied the chance. Officials had banned the teaching of Magyk at school and so Sarah and Silas taught their children at home. So it would be that Jenna, who had already looked so different from her parents and brothers, stuck out even more with her piercing dark violet eyes.To be continued in Chapter 3.