+ Sometime (*mumblemumble*) BC/early AD: Melinda starts learning some magic; maybe she was originally one of the Gauls or some of the Welsh before the Romans invaded. Either way, she’s either British or French, but no-one (certainly not me) actually knows. I’m not even sure she remembers.
+ Early AD: Melinda is captured and taken as slave. Escapes master by killing him with his own sword.
+ Somewhere round the 1140s: Resurfaces in the story. Has been making a living and basically staying alive with the same sword from so long ago. Meets Martin. Crossing The River takes place.
+ Unknown. Lots of time as a wandering sword.
+ 1800s: Spends some limited time as a high-society lady in England. Some vague reports of a woman named “Adelaide” matching her description. I have no idea about much of this period.
+1899 – 1918: Spends some time in Ypres. Befriends Paul. Leaves on a ship to Britain at the end of the war, narrowly escaping with her life.
+ 1918 – 1946: Gains a service revolver from an old soldier friend. Spends World War II moving around the UK, mainly in England, and decides to make a new start after living through yet another war.
+ 1928: List is born. His father leaves a few months later.
+ 1945: Melinda buys? rents? a flat with office space from Motimer Ferguson – sets up the M.R. Harrigan detective agency, and List joins her. Recruits Mary the same year.
+ 1947: Established “present” (non-flashback) time in Past Lives.