Edmund never thought he would be adopted.
Prospective parents just seemed to walk past him, looking for children with fuller cheeks, ruddier skin, or even just blinked a bit more often.
It wasn’t that he minded much — he wouldn’t know what to do with a family. It was just that he had never been beyond the gates of Mrs. Mapleberry’s Home for Wayward Lads and Ladies, and he had read and heard so much about the soot-choked city of Brackenburg that lay just half an hour away by coach.
Then, one day, Matron Mander Moulde arrived at the orphanage, and Edmund soon learned there was much more beyond that wooden fence then he could have ever imagined.
The Macabre Tale of Edmund Moulde is an episodic story posted Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Follow Edmund as he journeys from the rickety orphanage on the outskirts of town, to the Brobdingnagian mansion perched on Haggard Hill, and beyond.