A King in Exile
Lady Penelope Smythe-Everton is a bit of a fish out of water as a gentleman’s daughter in mid-19th-century England. She’s independent, courageous, adventurous in the extreme, and not a particularly good risk on the marriage market. After a brush with death in the tropics, she returns to London with a rather large egg, which hatches to reveal a bipedal lizard she christens "Rex." Her life—and that of her dearest friend, solicitor John Maguire—is about to change in ways neither of them can possibly imagine.
“A King in Exile” originally appeared in Quantum Zoo, edited by D.J. Gelner and J.M. Ney-Grimm (Orion’s Comet, 2014).
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