The people I’m going to tell you about in this story are long gone.  The winds of Time have blown miles of dirt over their graves.  History left them behind, lore and legend never got it correct.  This story needs to be told, I’m sure that I am the only one left alive that knows it.  All that’s left are my memories and some old faded pictures.  I don’t have much time left, so here is the true story of my family, the Little Rose Gang.
Brooklyn’s Bridge
On September 28, 1924, German immigrants Henry and Ella Borgman arrived in New York Harbor along with hundreds of others who dreamed of a better life in America. A year later, on their route home across the Brooklyn Bridge in the middle of a New York City traffic jam, Ella goes into labor and gives birth to a son. They name him Brooklyn “Brooks” Borgman after the bridge which, to them, embodied the American “can-do” attitude they had come to love. Life wasn’t easy for the Borgman's, but they trust “the good Lord,” work hard and “get by with a little help from their friends” in the small town of Anomie, Kansas where they are forced to move after the depression. Henry becomes an airplane mechanic and Brooks starts spending lots of time with Dad at the hangar where he develops an aptitude for flying planes. Shortly before his 19th birthday, Brooks is drafted into the army during World War II. It soon becomes apparent that both the providence that ordered his parents’ lives and his own has been preparing him for his time in the service. Brooks quickly distinguishes himself as the best of his class and is pressed into dangerous duty. Against overwhelming odds, Brooks selflessly volunteers to put himself in harm’s way to aid a crucial mission, earning him the love of his fellow soldiers and the respect of his superiors. It will also win him the hearts and admiration of his countrymen but will he live to see it?
Crach Ffinnant 1 The Phrophecy

“'Crach Ffinnant' The Prophecy”—It’s 1375 and the Welsh people have been “long chastised, ridiculed and ruled by the English...their hearts, heavy with doom. A great prince is waiting in the wings, not yet ready to rule but well placed to do so. He knows not at this time the destiny written for him but will awaken to come forth when the heavens decree, leading the down-trodden people to freedom.” A dwarf named Crach listens respectfully as his master relates the prophecy but wonders what it has to do with him, “a small man in a much bigger world!” That’s when his master, an aging wizard named Llwyd ap Crachan Llwyd tells Crach his apprenticeship of ten years is over and he must go on a long journey to the land of the accursed English where he will ultimately serve the future prince of Wales and fulfill his destiny according to the prophecy. Crach panics and protests.

“Calm yourself, Crach,” Master spoke softly. “Do you honestly think I would send you on such a journey without all that you need to do what you must do? Keep your eyes on the heavens. A solution exists for every problem and it’s always a simple one. Justice always prevails. It is the way of all things!”

Crach Ffinnant 2 Rise of the Dragon
It is 1399 and twenty five years have passed since Crach Ffinnant, dwarf, prophet and seer began a quest serving the Prophecy. Henry Bollingbroke has imprisoned Richard II, taking the throne of England. Hating Glyndwr, Henry refuses to honour a debt and seeks revenge, sending an assassin to kill him. Tan-y-Mynedd the dragon searches endlessly in the deep caverns for the lost dragon eggs with hope in his heart they exist. Unrest in Wales is at a fever pitch, common folk and Lords alike gathering under the flag of the Red Dragon. Will Crach Ffinnant, dwarf, prophet and seer succeed in the quest? Will King Henry IV succeed in his mission to destroy Glyndwr? Will Tan-y-Mynedd succeed in finding the dragons eggs and secure the future of this ancient species? Will Owain Glyndwr become Prince of Wales? The Prophecy unfurls as Crach Ffinnant, dwarf, prophet and seer continues his adventures in Rise of the Dragon.
Crach Ffinnant 3 Ravens and Dragons
It is late summer in 1400 and the Welsh Rebellion is gaining pace as Owain Glyndwr  and the Welsh Army under his command begin to do battle with Henry IV. Crach Ffinnant, ever the trusty prophet and seer rides at the Prince's side narrowly avoiding an assassins arrow. Tan-y- Mynedd and Crach must manage caring for baby dragons and although the species survival is now certain, their future is not. Henry IV worried by the talk of dragons sends Edmund to discover the truth. Meanwhile, Glyndwr takes Conwy Castle without spilling a drop of blood. The Prophecy continues to unfurl.
Gold City
The War of Rebellion is over. The great expansion to the west has begun. It is frontier, not of just land, but of heart and spirit. Only the strongest survive. This is the saga of a town of individuals who refused to give up, their struggles chronicled, their joy and despair a written word. There is the doctor, new to the town, a man with a secret and a price on his head. There is the sheriff, a man who knows his best days are behind him. There is the blacksmith, a freed slave, who along with his wife seeks validation in a white world. There is the madam whose heart is as big as the west. There is the wife whose husband may be the devil himself. There is the friend who choses to be only that. There is the tomboy who captures the soul of a warrior. A town, new, and on the verge of legend. The place – Gold City.

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