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Under The Mistletoe
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Chapter 3 - Uncles



When Rose woke next morning, she was not sure whether she had 

dreamed what occurred the night before, or it had actually 

happened. So she hopped up and dressed, although it was an hour 

earlier than she usually rose, for she could not sleep any more, 

being possessed with a strong desire to slip down and see if the big 

portmanteau and packing cases were really in the hall. She seemed 

to remember tumbling over them when she went to bed, for the 

aunts had sent her off very punctually, because they wanted their 

pet nephew all to themselves. 


The sun was shining, and Rose opened her window to let in the 

soft May air fresh from the sea. As she leaned over her little 

balcony, watching an early bird get the worm, and wondering how 

she should like Uncle Alec, she saw a man leap the garden wall 

and come whistling up the path. At first she thought it was some 

trespasser, but a second look showed her that it was her uncle 

returning from an early dip into the sea. She had hardly dared to 

look at him the night before, because whenever she tried to do so 

she always found a pair of keen blue eyes looking at her. Now she 

could take a good stare at him as he lingered along, looking about 

him as if glad to see the old place again. 


A brown, breezy man, in a blue jacket, with no hat on the curly 

head, which he shook now and then like a water dog; 

broad-shouldered, alert in his motions, and with a general air of 

strength and stability about him which pleased Rose, though she 

could not explain the feeling of comfort it gave her. She had just 

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