I am writing this letter in case I disappear under mysterious circumstances or if someone finds my cold, pale body. I am Josephine Caroline Anna Maria de Wisselworm, the lady of the Dragon Mountain castle. I am the daughter or Lord Adabert de Wisselworm and his first wife Anna Maria de Teodisio an Italian Countess. I never knew her. She had golden hair and was tall with pale skin and the grayest eyes you'd ever seen. I know this because my Nanny told me all about her, and also a portrait of her hangs on my wall. She is related to the House of Savoy so if you find my body please let the Duke know about his cousin far away in the mountains who was so mistreated by her stepmother Wilhelmina, a soldier's daughter.
She is tall and blond and had a classic German look. Because of her humble birth she tries harder to be in society and wants to be respected as lady of the manor. I still outrank her in both status and as I have been told by Nanny, looks. I am blue eyed like my father but have dark hair like my grandmother. I only have my mother's pale skin and strong chin. I never knew how I threatened Wilhelmina until a recent feast. At 16, I could officially join in the festivities. It was my first coming out. For once Wilhelmina was ignored. She was red faced!
Anyways, that is when the attempts on my life started but Wilhelmina doesn't know I was born lucky. Nanny says all the signs were there including the fact that I was born with the placenta intact. Nanny said I would never drown!
My friends and I loved to go hunting in the woods located on the other side of a bridge over a chasm. We crossed the bridge and began to have our picnic. I was told by Mercurio, Wilhelmina's page to go back across the bridge to pick up a message from Wilhelmina. I got to the bridge but then stopped to look at a butterfly. A second later the bridge collapsed.
One night I decided to go visit my mother's grave. I walked to her grave and cried at her tombstone. I looked up and saw that my room had caught on fire. One evening at dinner I dropped my fork and as I bent down to pick it up a dart flew over my head. I passed a roll to my dog who ended up poisoned. As I walked down the stairs I happened to turn around and walk back up, the next stair was broken. I could have fallen to my death. When I went hunting, an arrow barely missed my face and hit a tree right behind me.
Now Mercurio has asked me to take Wilhelmina's cousin hunting in my favorite woods. I am terrified. What if my luck runs out. I decided to make friends with Wilhelmina's cousin Randolf. He is a skinny boy who loves books and natural philosophy. Wilhelmina wants him to be more of a soldier. I followed him to our library and pretended to be interested in his books. As I walked in lightening struck right behind my feet. It seems like the universe is against me at times!
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