• Raven, Chapter 13-b

    “What do we do?” Lady Almi asked as she and her husband rested in their bed later that night. Their children were already tucked in to their beds and they had locked the windows and door to Tyala’s chambers so the girl couldn’t run away. “We’ve essentially imprisoned our own daughter. But she has to carry on this feud.” “Against her best friend?” Lord Almi replied musingly as he stared up at the ceiling. “I don’t think either girl will like that.” “But this feud has been in our blood for generations,” Lady Almi argued. “It can’t be ended just because two girls disagree with it. I was in her…

  • Raven, Chapter 11-a

    Aven took me away right away. He knew there would be trouble from the other Thief Lords. He wanted to protect me. So, he took me underground into secret tunnels only he and a few others knew about under the Sapphire District. There, we worked our magic and developed a following, a following Aven allowed me to lead. -the writing on the cell wall. Conducting her nightly business without Aven was strange. Everything seemed to be the same, operated the same, sounded the same. Aven had trained Onna well to be Raven’s next adviser. She had made the change as seamless as possible for Raven, but every time Raven turned…

  • Raven, Chapter 10-b

    Caidy had been avoiding their gardens for the past two days, ever since her father had killed that man. She didn’t know who he had been, but she guessed he had to have been from the underground for her father to kill him. She remembered the morning afterwards, when she had awoken to find her father sitting on the edge of her bed, his head down. He had a devastated look on his face, one she had never seen before, and it had frightened her. He had told her what he had done, his voice a monotone and his eyes never leaving the carpet. He had killed a man who…

  • Raven, Chapter 8-c

    Caidy and Tyala walked out of the popular Corner Sweets Bakery in the Corner, each a silver coin poorer, but three sweet buns richer. They were nibbling on one bun each as they walked out and strolled up and down the alleys of the Corner. It was a popular place in the Market District, particularly well-known for the sweet shops. They alleys wandered up and down and curved around, shops opening up off of them, before eventually broadening up into the streets of the Market District. “I don’t think my Papa is interested in ending the feud,” Caidy said around a mouthful of warm pastry flavored with cinnamon, raisins, and…

  • Raven, Chapter 7-b

    Gracefully, the lady settled herself into the seat and settled her gloved hands in her lap. She was every inch a lady. Regal and poised, she looked only slightly uncomfortable to be sitting before one of the infamous Thief Lords. But if she wanted something illegal done, this was what she had to do. “I was very pleased with your work last time,” the lady began, her eyes shifting from Raven to Aven as she spoke. “I have need of your services again.” “Of course, Lady Almi,” Raven said smoothly, professionally. “What can we do for you?” “Lord Sarlik has stolen my husband’s seed of magic. I seek revenge. I…

  • Raven, Chapter 4-c

    “Raven,” a voice called, rousing her from sleep. “Raven.” With a yawn, Raven came awake, wondering why, for the hundred thousandth time, why she hadn’t allowed Aven to install some kind of door to her bed chamber. She pulled the covers from over her face and pushed herself up so her pillows supported her back. She blinked a few times to clear the sleep from her eyes and covered her yawning mouth with the back of her hand. Onna was standing at the doorway, waiting patiently for her mistress to awake. The decoy smiled and bowed her head. “Raven, Master Yadrow is here to claim his spoils,” Onna said, her…

  • Raven, Chapter 3-c

    Speaking to Raven had taken less time than he had thought it would. He was back home before he knew it, but wasn’t yet ready for bed. Instead, he wanted to see Caidy, make sure she was safe and sleeping soundly. As his daughter grew older, he worried more about her. She would be out in the world on her own in a few years unless he married her off, but he wasn’t ready to lose his little girl like that just yet. He also hadn’t yet found a suitable husband for her. He stood in the doorway to her bed chamber, watching as she slept with haunted eyes. Her…

  • Raven, Chapter 2-c

    Raven barely suppressed a yawn as she held audience with Master Yadrow, one of the wealthier merchants of the Ivory District. Those were the upper middle class people. They were wealthy, but not of blue blood. That didn’t stop them from trying to emulate the nobles of the Sapphire District, though. The Ivory District had their number of feuds. It all bored Raven to death, but it was a living. She did what the lords and ladies and masters and mistresses wanted and they paid off the City Guard to look the other way whenever they saw her or her sigil. And the Yadrow-Alber feud paid quite well. They were…

  • Raven, Chapter 2-b

    Lady Nyana Almi sniffed and turned her head slightly, the flowers laced into her jet black hair wavering with the turn, as she caught sight of Lord Sarlik and his daughter. Beside her, her husband glanced at Lord Sarlik and then to his wife. It was Nyana’s family that had been enmeshed in the feud for generations; he had merely married into it. But he had quickly become a willing participant after Lord Sarlik had hospitalized his brother. “Pay them no mind, love,” Lord Emeri Almi said softly. “We knew that today was a pleasant day and much of the nobility would be out in the gardens. It was inevitable…

  • Raven, Chapter 2-a

    The city wanted to make me their ward and to put me into the orphanage. I had no family. No aunts, uncles, grandparents. I was terrified of the orphanage. So I ran. -the writing on the cell wall Aster Gardens was in full bloom. The trees were heavy with vibrant blossoms and ripened fruit. Flower stalks sported brilliant blooms with bees buzzing from head to head to spread the love the flowers had to share and give. The grass was an emerald green sheet, perfectly manicured, as were the flower beds. The sun was high in the sky and cast its warmth that day, the first of summer. Many of…