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Right, you need a starting point. With Sarah Barnard’s Portal series short story, The Heir being our debut publication, I think we’ll invite Sarah to open this one.
Warm sunlight streamed between the leaves bursting from the branches overhead. Brightly coloured cloth lay on the bright, green, Spring grass and on the cloth was set a selection of picnic food. Water bubbled, out of sight, somewhere off to one side. She set out the glasses and left the wine to one side, in the shade.
“Now, all I need is some company.” Susan leaned back against the rough bark of the wide oak trunk, lifted an apple and bit deeply into it, savouring the sweet crunch.
(Note: Susan is Sam’s daughter and Lily’s grand-daughter from the Portal books.)
Off you go, come and join the picnic and we’ll see how they all get on and where this goes.
The character of Susan is adult here, so in terms of the Portal series this would be set towards the end, or after, Child of the Portal.
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