As promised, here is Pete’s latest story: “Little Annie,” in its entirety. If you’re a doll collector like me, you’ll think twice before buying another after reading this!

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This is all nineteen parts of my recent fiction serial, in one complete story.
It is a long read, in 28,870 words.

***Note for new readers. The first sixteen parts of this serial are written in ‘backward progression’. The second part precedes the first part, and so on. This may tempt some readers to skip to part seventeen, and read it in the conventional order. I ask you not to do that, as most of the plot is revealed near ‘the end’, so that will spoil the serial for you. ***

February 2019. Anne gets a birthday present.

Anne received the doll as a present for her tenth birthday. Most girls of that age are too old for dolls, but she wasn’t. Mum said it was over one hundred years old, so she had to be careful with it. It was the most beautiful thing she had ever seen. When…

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