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Of Girls and Kings

The seventeen-year old is Queen. She should be happy about that, right? She's not only married but she's married to the king.

She's not only married but she's married to the king. She's got a husband who has money and power and rank. Someone she can honour and obey and give herself to. Someone who will provide for her as long as she stays in line. As long as she stayed quiet, stays submissive, stays without an opinion, stays calm and ladylike and (of course) beautiful. As long as she stays worthy of love, worthy of belonging, worthy of what he gives to her.

The seventeen-year old is Queen.

That means she has giant, ornate palaces, crystal chandeliers, hundreds of dresses, and a bunch of food she can't actually eat but can indeed stare at (fat women aren't attractive after all).

The peasants, the people lower down on the hierarchy, don't have that. They don't have food, often, as the price of bread can soar too high for them to buy it. They don't have warmth in the winter, or medicine for when they're sick. What they do have is hard work. Hard work and calloused palms, calloused fingers, calloused feet.

And her heart reaches out to them. But what does her heart know? It's not her place to have opinions.

She has to be loyal. To her man. ... Unless... unless her loyalty truly belongs with someone else.

Maybe the thing she has to be is brave.

Young Adult
Being of Light & Shadow

"How could you" She sobbed. I never felt such heat of her rage this much before. Her heart shattered in her eyes as it reshaped itself with hate and sorrow.

Everyone but me stood back, Heat raided off of her body in waves."Daiya.." I spoke softly and slowly approached her. She was just hurting and so was I. "Mom wanted to keep us safe". I gasped when I reached out to touch her and pulled back feeling the smallest of pain. I gazed at my fingers and saw my sensitive skin pink, was hardening by the heat. She burned me. She began to shake drowning in her grief. The heat increased growing hotter making me stumble back. "It should've been you!". She wailed out as she let loose of her power. We all flew back as it hit us hard  But her words hit me harder than the blast. Because it's true. I killed her. ••••••••

A young woman is arrested for the crime of practicing the arts of craft. The punishment for that crime is death. But like magic, not everything is as it seems because She is mysteriously broken out of prison. After that day, Adelind encounters a small group. A dark skin girl and her little sister share an ability to manipulate nature. A tall scrawny bibliolater with glasses. A fierce female combatant and Two blacksmiths. As well as encounters with warriors, mystical creatures and more but as they dig deeper, she grasps that some secrets were left to be forgotten or kept shut behind closed doors.

Young Adult

❝Fear those who look into the fire and smile❞Calida never believed in mythical creatures. To her, they were just that: myths. Beautiful yet dangerous creatures that she read about in fantasy books. She dreams of the stories her grandmother would tell her as a child, which never quite left her after she grew out of her childhood.When she meets Lucien, she thinks of his as nothing more than a pretty blond boy with captivating amber eyes who has become her sister Thea's newest flavor of the month. That is, until Thea is killed, and Calida is abducted by him.Calida is thrusted into a world that she'd only heard of in stories. She is taken to Paradise, where she learns of Lucien's people: the mythical creatures known as phoenixes, and their Phoenix Queen, who after her first thousand years, died. However, the Queen was not reborn inside her nest. For almost a decade, the Phoenixes lived with no queen. Then, they discovered Calida. Convinced by her indisputable resemblance to the Queen, they believe that she is the Queen reborn.She is treated as royalty in Paradise, and everyting is so new and peculiar. One thing she knows for sure, however, is that she is not the real queen, and a few Phoenixes know it too. However, when a new species threatens to take over Paradise, they are even more desperate for a queen to lead them, and she must step up to the throne. Mistakes will be made, as Calida is in no way fit to rule a species. However, she must be the person she is not, play the present of a past she did not live, or find the true Phoenix Queen herself.