• Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 27 - the next part in my Beauty and the Beast inspired WIP

    Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 27

    Now we’re getting to my favorite part of this story, and the main reason why I really want to write this: my takes on different fairy tales. Chapter 10 continued She wasn’t a princess, as everyone likes to believe, but he was most definitely a prince, one destined to take the throne and ensure a strong royal line. Their meeting was inevitable, their ending a tragedy, though perhaps not to us. The mermaid had no name, or not one that was ever offered to him. She was First Handmaiden to the princess, whose hand had long been bound to the prince. She had no identity save the one the princess chose to…

  • Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 26 - the next part in my work of fiction based on Beauty and the Beast

    Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 26

    Well, Elaina is about to find out something about Robert. Probably not too surprising. But maybe he’ll surprise her with a very different kind of skill? Chapter Ten Annie was not lovely. She was actually very plain. That’s exactly why I picked her. I was tired of pretty faces and thought a plain one would be good change. Maybe it wasn’t a pretty face I would fall for. Sadly, she was just as plain in her thinking and interests. I don’t think I’ve ever been so bored before. And into the ground went the ___ in her honor. Robert shrugged apologetically as Elaina stared disbelievingly at the potatoes he had…

  • Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 13

    Queen of the Garden of Girls, Part 13

    (Chapter 6 continued) Robert laughed as he held out a chair to her, the one facing the door. “My mother’s idea. The women usually expect the grand dining room with the mile long table, extravagant foods, and servers at five foot intervals. This is her way of bringing them down a notch.” Elaina raised a brow as he sat across from her. “If you ask me, that sounds smart. After all, we’re here to keep you company, not bask in the throes of luxury.” He paused as he unfolded the simple paper napkin. “You and my mother might have more in common than we think.” He gave her a wry…

  • Queen of the Garden of Girls, part 6 - a story inspired by Beauty and the Beast

    Queen of the Garden of Girls, part 6

    (Chapter Three continued) A ripple of excitement flashed through the gathered girls as soon as the French doors opened and the butler emerged. Eyes of blue, brown, black, green, and hazel followed his every cool move. They brightened in hope as he approached before darkening in jealousy and thoughts of, “Why not me?” Whispers floated around the early evening air heavily scented with the aroma of invisible roses. Gowns rustled as girls moved to follow the seemingly oblivious butler who was, in fact, paying close attention to each and every one of them. Five years before, a young woman had screamed with rage when he walked past her and had…

  • Raven, Chapter 19

    The Thief Lords attacked in the middle of the day, when the underground is usually asleep. They almost made it to my bedchambers, but my followers stopped them. They threatened the Thief Lords’ lives, but I spared them. They should be thankful to me for that. I could have completely taken over the underground. But that only made them plot harder. -writing on the cell wall Deri was weaving in and out of carts and wandering people as he made his way through the Market District. It was just before dawn, but already the merchants and street vendors were coming out to prepare for the new day. He had streaked…

  • Raven, Chapter 18

    The peace agreement was violated. I was barely welcome as a Thief Lord, hadn’t been officially offered the seat yet. Deryk, Edvin, and Corinn, the surviving Thief Lords, thought they could unseat me before I became a Thief Lord recognized by them. They tried to kill me. But they didn’t count on how loyal my followers were. -the writing on the cell wall   Onna paced rapidly behind Raven’s desk. Her mistress was over two hours late. Dawn would be setting in in just over an hour. Raven was usually home by now. She chewed on her lips as she waited for Deri to arrive. She’d sent on of the…

  • Raven, Chapter 17

    The other Thief Lords did not welcome the peace agreement. It threw the council for a loop, made it different. But they couldn’t avoid the fact that some of their followers were starting to join my following. You see, I paid my people. I gave them luxuries. I gave them a home. I gave them all they could want. They just had to follow me and be loyal to only me. That didn’t sit well with the Thief Lords, either. -writing on the cell wall   She stood at her bedroom window, chewing on her lower lip. Her  normally bright blue eyes were full of worry and her arms were…

  • Raven, Chapter 16

    The three remaining Thief Lords descended on me and my following one afternoon. Aven was smart enough to appoint guards and it’s a good thing he did that. We would all be dead if not for those guards. As it was, we barely managed to get the Thief Lords surrounded. Our peace agreement came out of that encounter. -writing on the cell wall   It had been two days since Caidy had received the note from her friend. She hadn’t even seen Tyala since that morning when she’d left the note. She worried about her friend, but knew that, at least, Tyala hadn’t left without her. She still couldn’t believe…

  • Raven, Chapter 15

    My following continued to grow and grow while the other Thief Lords’ remained at status quo. I was pleased, but they were not. I didn’t know they were planning on killing me, but thankfully Aven is always thinking of these things and was smart enough to keep eyes and ears out to keep me safe. I owe my life to Aven. -writing on the cell wall   Quin leaned against the desk as he gave his report to Corinn, his arms crossed over his chest. He spoke quietly and concisely, reporting what he had heard and seen hiding out near Raven’s cavern network. Corinn was leaning back in his seat,…

  • Raven, Chapter 14

    The Thief Lords couldn’t believe I would dare to kill two of their own. They were slow to accept me as one of them. I was only sixteen when I tried to establish myself. They only saw me as a girl trying to be one of them. But after I killed two of their number, they were a little more afraid. Still, it took two years to become a recognized Thief Lord. -writing on the cell wall   It was starting to become easier to work with Onna as her adviser, but she missed Aven dearly. Her cat burglars had managed to steal his body from the city infirmary, where…