Thursday, March 31, 2016

Wrap it Up!-March


   *trumpets* Hello! *sweeps in with my fuzzy blanket* I am here for my first End of the Month post! 

                                                                Life

                                                                 
   Firstly! Bro went to sectionals for swimming! He did an amazing job, and I had a ton of fun while he was gone. I got to stay home all alone for a day, um, AWESOME! And I went to a hilly place with tons of flowers with my dad and sister, taking tons of pictures of everything! Unfortunately, my memory card was accidentally erased, so I lost of all them. My dad took us to a bridge with railroad tracks the next day though(the pic above) and that was awesome.
   We went to a bridge beside that bridge on Good Friday, and I took some awesome pictures! The one I'm going to put up here is a super scary one that caused me to scream, so I took a picture.
  
   It's a snake! And don't tell me, "Rachael, it's only like six inches long." No it's not! Ok? When you're afraid of snakes, they get bigger! I'm only afraid of random snakes too, king snakes and garden snakes are ok. But here we have copper heads and cotton mouths, sooo.
   But on a better note, BRO HAD A BIRTHDAY! Seventeen! Wait, what? My twin bro's seventeen? I'm just kidding guys, he's two and a half years older. ;) But still! I mean we're twins to me in everything but age! Look at us!
  
                                             

  Plus I can wear his t-shirts, so that's a plus. We have some of the same t-shirts from a few events and if I can't find mine, pft! We have a spare! My legs are longer, but he's like an inch taller, so it must be his upper body. *nods* I know it's not his legs because my mom got our jeans mixed up and they were too short.
   Ok! Enough about me assuring you that my legs are longer, (they are). So yes, the woods were amazing. On Good Friday we went to an Easter service at a friend and cousins church, and wow. It was great! We sang hymns, some redone, but still. It was just awesome!
                                                               

                                                         Writing


   Writing! What happened with writing? I'll tell you, not much. I started editing Awaken, my NaNo novel, and I really like it! I am totally seeing now that I asked for beta-readers way too early, and I definitely can't ask again, but my cousin and critique partner are reading it, so that's good.
   Camp NaNo is coming up and I'm so excited! Superheroes! (my book) I'd post a snippet, but I don't have one yet and I'm mean. *evil laugh* It's about twins and superheroes.

                                                          Blogging

   I posted about my cousin(the blog is still coming, but slowly. Monthly?), the Get to Know Me Tag, writing a book with someone, a blog tour,  a blog hopa cover reveal, the Random Fact tag, the Liebster Award, and asked what day I should post on. Friday won by one vote.
   So yup.
   Also, I'm super weird about comments, I will legit reply to it within ten minutes, unless something horrible has happened like I have to eat at the table or my mom made me leave the house. But anyways, you guys are so awesome, I had to many comments, it was awesome! And followers, 21! Best. Followers. Ever!!!

                                                              Music

    So I've become OBSESSED with this song Latch, not the Sam Smith one specifically, but the Simply Three stringed instruments. It's just breathtaking! Oh, and the song Holding On to You by Twenty One Pilots. Both are awesome, but the video for HOtY is a bit weird, so listen to it on Spotify.
   I have this playlist on Spotify where I add songs that I am listening to RIGHT THEN! Go check it out here! And if you follow me on Spotify, you can actually see what I'm listening too, um, cool! I call it my music stalker feed. xD The Stalker Feed only works on laptops and computers, not mobile devices like phones, i Pads, and tablets.

                                                        Tell me what you think!

                                                    

                                              Some other crazy stuff

   Well...I won three books. A signed paper back of The Rise of Aredor for the blog tour I did, and two of Mesu Andrews books, a giveaway I entered randomly. xD

   Um, did I mention my twin bro had a birthday? He's now seventeen, two and a half years older than me! Arg!

   I'm currently drinking coffee and writing this on the twenty sixth, not the end of the month! But I'll add some stuff. *looks up* That coffee pots making a weird sound...*goes to check*

Bye all!
Rachael

   Sooo, what's going on with you? Any birthdays, snakes, or music? Did you like the song?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Liebster Award #2

   Sooo I know that I already did this award, but I was tagged again and I kind of  really want to answer these questions, thank you so much to Hannah E. for tagging me! 

What is a story that you're writing? (tell a little about it if you have one:) 
The one I'm writing right now is about superheroes, twins, and coffee. xD It's for Camp NaNo

What is your favorite song?
At the moment, Latch by Sam Smith, but the one I like is played by Simply Three

What is your favorite book series?
OUT OF TIME TRILOGY! *coughs* Yes. *nods calmly* 

Who is your favorite Bible character?
I'm going go with...Jonathan and David (I'm being rebellious again. xD Two!). Friends are super important to me, and they were like brothers.

Favorite book?
Ohhh, um, Where Loyalties Lie, an unpublished (yet) book. But Deny by Tricia Mingerink is super close. 

Would you rather read or write? 
Write, because I loooooove writing! 

What is your favorite blog?

Why did you start a blog?
TO GET FREE BOOKS TO REVIEW! Not really. xD Um, lots of super complicated reasons, maybe I'll do a post on it. 

Do you like reading fiction or non-fiction better?
Fiction, hands down. Although the huge bio of the Romonov Family is awesome.

Who is your favorite Christian hero? (who is not alive)
David, probably? There are so many good ones.

Do you like World history or American history better?
World.

Since I've already done this, I'm not going to tag peoples. xD

Rachael
   What is your favorite song? What is your favorite blog? Why did you start a blog?

A Fact About Me

   I was tagged by Hannah for the Fact About Me thingy, thank you!
   Here's the rules.

        Guidelines:
  • Take the banner and paste it to your post.
  • Tell a single, meaningful fact about who you are.
  • Explain this fact as open, and explanatory as you can.
  • Tag at least one other blogger, and give a reason why you think they should do this.
  • Add a Bible verse to close out this tag.
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you.
  • Have fun!

   I'm a rebel, and I'm going to do five random thingys.

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   1. I love coffee.

   Funny story here...not really. xD My dad is a huge coffee person, and I grew up drinking 'coffee milk' on Saturdays. Then I moved up to some real coffee occasionally, and now I drink it every morning, and at night when we have our bible study. I could destroy ten cups of coffee, easy. It what like five mugs? Pft!

   2. My entire family is musical and athletic, but I'm not.

   I know! Noah is an Olympic swimmer!(not really, but sectionals! Which is amazing! And I'm not just saying that, it's hard to get into sectionals) And he plays guitar, base guitar, and drums. Haley is like the aggressive rabid wolverine in sports, and she plays the violin, Abigail runs with the dog who's a border collie, you farmer people from Scotland know what I'm talking about, and she does harmonica.

   3. We live in the weird semi-country.

   We have chickens, ducks, and a sheep dog. We had goldfish, but the ducks ate them. xD It's pretty awesome out here, bro wants a pig, Abigail wants a goat and rabbit, Haley wants a llama, and I want my own laptop. I hide in my cave/room.

   4. I am an INFP

   I am a room person, I could live off of my room if I had a basket to throw out of the window for food, a sink, and if my parents let me take my coffee maker to my room. I am really shy at first, like if you came up to talk to me, I'd probably answer the questions and just stand there. BUT, once I get comfortable, I am a pretty good peopler. It's weird cause online, I'll like go to all of the About Me pages and comment! I know! Isn't it insane?

   5. I am almost halfway done with my this year goal!

   If you'll click here, this will take you to my goal post, and I'll check them off.

 1. Read 50 books
2. Write 100k
3. Finish two books
4. Make one new writing buddy
5. Make one new blogging buddy-Definition of blogging buddy: I comment on theirs, they comment on mine. Here we go, here they are. Abigayle, Hannah, Jonathan, Soleil.
6. Win NaNoWriMo
7. Win 3 Camp NaNoWriMos
8. Beta-read one book-Checkish, I'm betaing two books, sooo.
9. Review 5 books-Yup. Check my Goodreads.
10. Drink 100 cups of tea/coffee-Please don't ask me how many I've drunk, although if you do, I'll tell you, but if you don't, IT'S LOCKED AWAY FOREVER!

   Ok, I tag...the blogging buddies I mentioned who have not done this yet, Abigayle, Jonathan, Soleil. (do I have to relink them? I'm lazy, the links are above. xD) The reason they should do this is because tags are pretty epic. *nods* 

   My closing verse is one that supports coffee! Well fine then Google, apparently there is no verse on coffee beside HE-BREWS! :D So instead I will do one about friends who are like brothers and sisters.
Proverbs 18:24 “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

Rachael

   Do you like coffee? Are you an Intro or Extro? Athletic or musical or neither?

Monday, March 28, 2016

Cover Reveal-Epsionage by Morgan E. Huneke

   Today I have the awesome cover of Espionage in my hands, and since I'm not mean, I'll put that up there soon. xD
   Here's the summary of the books...*opens box of awesomeness*

“Sir Roland has invited us to visit for the Autumn Feast.”





“Do we have to go, Papa? I couldn’t feast with the most crooked politician in all of Briznom.”





As the daughter of a Briznomian vassal lord, Vannie Cumberland has spent her childhood immersed in the world of politics. Relations between Briznom and the neighboring country of Calhortz are strained due to the tyrannical rule of the strytes. A proposed alliance could calm relations between the two countries, but would come at the cost of Briznom’s freedom.





When her father’s political archenemy invites them to the Autumn Feast, Vannie uncovers an evil scheme endangering the life of someone close to her. Personal enmity comes to a dangerous head as Vannie struggles to expose the corruption and stop the alliance. Time is running out.





Events are becoming too big for her to handle. Will Sir Roland’s son help or will things finally spiral out of control?


   Well will it?! I'll be doing the blog tour hopefully, so I'll get to find out! *evil laugh*

  


Espionage, A Companion to Time Captives, will be released on May 16th, 2016. Stay tuned on Morgan’s blog and Facebook page for more information and sneak peeks.





   And now a bit about the author, the lovely Morgan Elizabeth Huneke.

  
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment as well as the Time Captives fantasy trilogy.



You can connect with Morgan on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, and Pinterest.


Rachael

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Post Day

   I have a question for you guys, which day is the best for me to post on? Katie Grace did this, and it seems to work out, so just let me know using this google form!
Rachael

Saturday, March 19, 2016

A Blog Hop

   I missed a post on Wednesday...I'M SO SORRY! I was incredibly busy and hadn't finished my post yet, so today, I am going around the blogs that I follow and sharing a few of the posts that have been...posted? xD
                                                                         

   The Left-Handed Typist posted a catching up post! She had an awesome time on a trip, so the post is really really awesome!

   Tricia Mingerink opened voting for the fan contests! I entered the fanfiction one, so if you like it, vote! If you like another one, then vote for that one!

   Katie Grace had/is having a birthday! Sixteen is such a big number! Annnd she is asking for beta readers, so if you want to do that, sign up!
  
   Anna Jolene posted some of her work! I was just reading this and thinking how epic it was! It's an awesome piece, so go read it!

   Soleil had a birthday! Woohoo! Happy birthday, and it was awesome to see her writing journey! There's also a special surprise at the end of that post....:D
  
   And last but certainly not least, Jonathan posted his first review! Check it out, and hopefully you'll get some good insight on the book.
  
   Thank you so much for reading!
   R. J. Steele
  
   Did someone post something that I missed? Did you post something that I missed? If so, totally leave me a comment.








Saturday, March 12, 2016

Serial Saturday-Flicker Finale

   This is the final episode of Flicker y'all! Enjoy!

Chapter 10
  Asha looked up as Aden crashed into the house, his face white. “There’s a scary guy there!” he gasped. “Sorry, that sounded like a three year old, but he killed Rowen!”
  Asha slapped a hand over her mouth and stumbled back a step. Aden grabbed her arm and dragged her to the door. “Come on!” he shouted at her. “He’s coming back!” He tugged his sister until she started walking. As Asha started thinking clearly, she looked around and her breathing became labored.
  “Rowen’s gone?” she asked. Aden nodded and pointed to Sale and Rogen. “How?”
  “He choked her. He gave Rogen and Sale and me the chance to give up and save her, but she told Rogen to run and he did!” Aden answered. They reached Sale and Rogen and she saw Rogen shaking.
  “I left her.” He said. “I left her and I don’t even know if she died or not.” Asha wanted to hug him, to assure him that he did the right thing, but she couldn’t lie to him, she wasn’t sure if he had or not.”
  Sale tightened his grip on his sword and glanced back. “Let’s go look then.” He suggested darkly. Asha looked up at him and Rogen frowned.
  “What?” Rogen asked. “We literally just ran from him. Why would we go right back?”
  “That was different, we ran because if we didn’t retreat, there was nothing to do.” Sale explained. “We couldn’t have fought him without killing her, but that isn’t in our way anymore.” He shifted feet and glanced back again. “Come on, we have to see if he really killed her.” He clenched his fists.
  Rogen nodded and glanced around. “Come on, but if you see anyone, tell me.” He instructed Asha. Asha nodded and the group began moved towards Rowen.
                                                                                <<<>>>
  Aden walked with the group and glanced around for Seth or Ezra. They were both out there somewhere, although Ezra probably wasn’t a big challenge to Aden. How could he have betrayed Rowen and Rogen like that? What a…what was he?
  Ezra stepped out of the woods and Asha took a step back. Aden removed his knives and nodded towards their destination. “I’ve got him; please go see if she’s alive.”
    As the group moved forward, he and Ezra circled each other. “Rogen didn’t hit you on the head hard enough.” Aden commented. Ezra shrugged.
  “Old loyalties, you know.” He said. “Oh wait...you don’t have any.”
  “I have old loyalties; I just choose to honor them.” Aden snapped.
  “And what about Seth? No loyalty there anymore.” Ezra said.
  “I was never loyal to Seth!” Aden snapped, slicing towards Ezra. Ezra jerked back, but the tip tore into his sleeve. Ezra launched his own attack and pretended to go for Aden’s face, but as Aden reached up to block the blow, a knife jerked across his chest. He gasped and pulled back, but his eyes widened and he started breathing heavy.
  “You should have been, might have made you survive.” Ezra said.
  “You haven’t been loyal to Seth! Aden snapped. “What, did he teach you that move?”
  “No, I chose Seth while he shoved me in a bag.” Ezra answered. Aden fell to one knee. He was getting weaker, and there wasn’t anything he could do about it. “What’s the matter? Little boy’s hurt?” Ezra asked in a low voice.
  Aden flicked his wrist and his knife slammed into Ezra’s leg. The man cried out and fell to the ground as Aden stood up. “Yeah, but not as weak as I pretended to be.” He answered, running slowly to the group.
                                                                              <<<<>>>
  Sale saw Rowen lying on the ground and his heart rate spiked. He watched Rogen choke and run up to her, dropping to his knees. Seth had done this; he needed to be going after…Seth. His eyes narrowed and he gripped his sword.
  “Don’t touch her.” he growled. “She might be alive.” Walking forward, he knelt down beside Rogen and placed two fingers on her neck. Nothing. His shoulders sagged and he blinked, standing.
  “I’m going to kill him!” Rogen threatened. Sale’s jaw shifted. He wanted to do more than kill him.
  “Rogen, get Rowen and let’s head back to the camp.” he said. Rogen lifted his sister up and started walking with Sale.
  Rowen started choking and emptied her stomach onto the ground. Sale choked out a sigh of relief and Rogen set Rowen on the ground.  She started dry heaving and Rogen glanced around, grabbing his water sack. “Here.” he helped her drink, and Sale desperately hoped he had done the right thing. Could you drink water while dry heaving? Rowen did, and she hadn’t choked yet, so he let out the breath he had been holding in.   
  “You were dead!” Sale told her. Rowen shook her head.
  “If I had been dead, I wouldn’t be alive now. My pulse stopped, that’s weird.” she said. I was awake, but I couldn’t move. I felt him feel my pulse and he left, so I guess it stopped. I don’t know what happened.” she explained.
  Rogen looked at her. “Rowen, I’m sorry I left you.” he said, biting his lip. Rowen shook her head.
  “Stop, I told you too.” she said. “I would have been upset if you hadn’t.” She hugged her brother tightly.
  Rogen shook his head. “No, why did I do that?” he demanded. “I don’t even know.”
                                                                        <<<>>>
  Rogen stood up and helped Rowen stand. “You’re ok?” he asked. Rowen nodded and glanced around.
  “Other than having an intense feeling of wanting to strangle a certain man, yes.” she said.
  The group walked into the woods and began to hike to the camp. Rowen occasionally tripped and Rogen helped her stand again, but as they neared the camp, she walked better. Sale kept an eye out for Seth, although Rogen didn’t think that he would attack here. He knew he couldn’t beat Sale.
  The camp all swarmed the twins and Rogen had to back up until Sale could help out. Crowd control, a job for a common guard of the palace, but Sale did it without hesitating, pushing the people back so that Rogen could get Rowen to her tent.
  “Aden and Asha!” Rowen cried. “Where are they?”
  Sale glanced back at the woods. “We forgot about them, I’ll be right back.”  He stood and Rogen watched him go.
  “Let me just say, I need a day.” Rowen sighed. “I’m not sure I’ll get it though. We didn’t win anything.”
  “I did.” Rogen grinned. “I won you back. Well, what I meant was that you’re alive again.”
 “I was always alive.” Rowen sighed. “I keep telling you that. I don’t know why my heart stopped.”
 “Maybe it wasn’t your heart, maybe it was just your pulse.” Rogen suggested.
 “Who knows.” She sighed, leaning her head against Rogen’s shoulder. He lifted her up and set her on the cot inside of her tent.
  “I’ll be right outside just in case you need me.” He assured. Rowen nodded and closed her eyes.
  “Thank you.”
                                                                                   <<<>>>
  Seth stormed through the castle and growled at one of the servants. He was so done with the entire rebel project. He was here to tell his father that he was done, and he meant it. It had pretty much been the only failure.
  His father looked up as he came in and set his book aside. “Did you quell the rebel threat?” He asked. Seth didn’t answer, but instead removed his sword and threw it to the floor.
  “I’m done.” He spat. His father raised his eyebrows and waved towards the door.
  “Fine then, go.” He said. Seth raised his own eyebrows.
  “You’re just going to let me go?” He asked. His father shrugged.
  “Sure. But Let me tell you this. If you leave, I will hunt you down until I do find you.” He snapped. Seth stiffened.
  “I can elude you.” He protested. His father shrugged again.
  “Try.”


What did you think of the final part? Did it end well? And as always, thanks for reading!
 Rachael

Friday, March 11, 2016

Adela's Curse Blog Tour-Character Spotlight

I am here today in order to give you a character spotlight! As I said in my review, it wasn't my type of book, but Stefan was my favorite character! He was awesome!
  


Stefan is a noble of Myrnius. He is in his late twenties, has brown hair and light brown eyes. He has no siblings and, at the time of the story, both his parents have passed. His lands lay several miles from the forest of Celedon and just south of Count Marek, the villain of the story.
As hinted in the synopsis, he has a bit of tragedy in his life. His fiancée died five years before and he still has not quite recovered. His people know him to be a kind and generous man. He is often quoted as saying “my hearth is always open”, and will readily offer any traveler a place to stay in his castle. Even if they might be a travelling faery in disguise sent to assassinate him.
For the past several years, he has dealt with repeated incursions from Marek’s men in an attempt to drive him from his lands. They were nothing more than a nuisance until a strange drought struck his entire domain. And, well, spoilers.
Fun Fact: I liked Stefan from the first brainstorming session. He has a rather interesting story and if he’ll let me sit down with him, I’d like to write it.  

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Adela's Curse Blogtour-Review

   I am here to give you guys a review of Adela's Curse by Claire Banschbach!
  
Synopsis:
A curse. A murderous scheme. A choice.
A witch and her master capture a young faery and command her to kill their enemy. Adela has no choice but to obey. If she does not, they will force the location of her people’s mountain home from her and kill her. To make matters even worse, the person she is to kill is only a man struggling to save his dying land and mend a broken heart.
Count Stefan is a man simply trying to forget the woman he loves and save a land crippled by drought. When a mysterious woman arrives at his castle claiming to be a seamstress, he knows she is more than she seems.
Adela enlists the help of Damian, another faery, to try and delay the inevitable. He insists she has a choice. But with the witch controlling her every move, does she?

   My review was 5/5 stars, because it was clean and well written, although I didn't personally enjoy the book. It was interesting, but too short for me to get attached to it. I would recommend it for those who enjoy fairy tales.

Goodreads link:
Author Bio:
Claire Banschbach was born and raised in Midland, TX, the fourth of eight children. She was homeschooled through high school and is now a proud member of the Texas A&M University class of 2014. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Texas Tech University Health Science Center. She continues to write in her spare time (and often when she doesn’t have spare time). She hopes her strong foundation in God will help to guide her writing. 
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Adela's Curse Blog Tour-Interview

Here is an interview I did with the author, Claire.




  1. What was your first book that you wrote?
  2. The first book I wrote was what would become my first published book, The Rise of Aredor. But if you want to know the first ever story I started writing, it was a story in which I got transported to Middle Earth and met up with the Rohirrim. That is safely buried away somewhere. ;)

  1. Do you eat while writing? If so, what?
Not usually. I just have my giant tumbler of water. But if I do snack, it’s usually goldfish. I love them so much.

  1. How do you deal with writers block?
I stop writing. I’m not one of those people who advocates just pushing through the block. Anything I write is going to be drivel, so why bother? Since my block results from not knowing what comes next in a scene or storyline, or just plain not wanting to write, I put it aside and wait until I discover the missing element or I really have a hankering to write. In that case the second usually solves the first, and I’m good to go.  

  1. What is your favorite book?
I’ve already kind of answered this question in another interview, so I’ll give another book on my favorites list. I discovered Behold the Dawn by K. M. Weiland over a year ago. The beginning was a little slow and I almost didn’t keep reading but I picked it back up and didn’t move from the couch for the rest of the day. It’s an amazing book and I highly recommend it.

  1. If you could spend a day doing whatever, what would you do?
Tough question. I think I would load up a backpack with a notebook, some lunch, and plenty of snacks, pick a mountain and hike until I found a great view and sit down and write. When I want a break, I’d hike until I find another view and just repeat the process.


Thanks so much for having me, Rachael!

Writing a Book with Someone

   I posted a few posts back about how I was writing a book with another person. Sierra and I are on our third week and we just hit 22k! Almost 23, but for now, we are still at 22k! That's really good ya'll! So today, I am going to be talking about writing with another person!
      There are sooo many perks to this! I'm sure there are some downsides to it as well, but I haven't run into any yet.

   #1 Awesomeness!

myehmyehmyeh. *flops on the floor and rolls around* This is what Sierra typed in the Hangouts thingy, and I was like, "...What?" And we do that! Randomness and talking about the weirdest things! Like I said that my friend assassinated me at youth! And it's so awesome, because it's awesomeness!
  

   #2 Awesomeness #2

   The awesomeness that you get to write! We just introduced a really really creepy character, and it was really...creepy, but we were creeped out together and it was awesomeness! When our charries have an adorable moment, or six, or all of them, we just fangirl together!

#3 Adorable Couples

   
   We have officially shipped all four of our MC's, but last night Thalea totally made us cry, worm around, and just fangirl! They were so cute I was just dying, crying while telling my cousin and my Mom, rolling around on my bed while my mom came in to say goodnight, and I'm printing the scene out so I can read it whenever. 

#4 Someone Else


   When you have someone else to share the feels with, it makes it special. It's awesome and super fun! We spend a third of our writing time telling each other all about the book even though we're both writing it.



   Well, I guess that's it! Thank you so much for reading, and here are the questions to answer in the comment section:
   Have you ever written anything with another person? Did you like it? Would you do it for the first time or again?

Rachael   
 


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Serial Saturday-Flicker Part 9

   Ok, guys, I rushed on Friday morning and finished 1,700 words in forty nine minutes. It's really good, or at least I think it is, :D, just don't think that I didn't pour everything into it. I did, just at a faster rate. Anywho, here you go. Oh, and I made a mock cover for Flicker!





  Chapter 9

   Seth leaned against a tree and pressed his hands against his head. Go after them. He ignored the voice. What he needed was for them to fear him. And for that, he needed something they cared about, or someone. Rowen and Rogen would come for Ezra, Asha would come for her brother, and Sale…Sale was his problem. He would attack Seth even if he had their mother, he didn’t care about anyone anymore.

   He pulled his sword out and started walking back to the palace.  Ezra first, then Asha. He needed to get them first, and then he needed to lie in waiting.  Fear wasn’t created in an instant, it was grown over time. Shorter amounts of time than others, yes, but time still.

  

   Seth walked into the blacksmith and Ezra looked up. “What do you want?” he demanded.

   Seth pulled a knife from its sheath. “I need…a bit of leverage.” He said. Ezra lay his hand on a sword nearby, but he dropped it and crossed his arms. “What kind of leverage?” he demanded.

   “Let’s just say I need your former fiancé and her brother, friend, and my brother.” Seth said. “So…in order for that to happen, I need someone she cares about.”

   Ezra shook his head. “I’m not helping you, and we’re still engaged, she hadn’t broken it off yet, neither have I.” he snapped. Seth shrugged.

   “Get a clue.” He snapped. “She’s gone, and you’re going to help me. I can take you willingly, or I can kidnap you, either one.”

   Ezra slammed his fist into the wall. “No.” he ground out. “You’ll have to kidnap me. If I go willingly, I will never be able to look Rowen in the eyes again.”
   Seth shrugged and removed a rope from his pack. “Your choice.”



   Seth walked into the palace and went directly to the group of children gathered in a circle. He needed to appear kind, at first, and then if he had to, he would scare them. How to appear nice when he looked the way he did, that was a problem.

   He crouched down by them and almost grinned when everyone looked up. “Hey, I need to know about one of your friends, Aden?”

   They all glanced around at each other and the oldest, a boy who was around Aden’s age, shook his head.
   “I’m a friend of his sister.” Seth said. The boy looked up.
   “You know where she is?” he asked. Seth nodded.
   “Yes, she’s with bad people, and I need Aden’s help to get her back.” He said. The boy stared at him.

   “I’m thirteen, I’m not six.” He said. “Aden went with Taysin somewhere, that’s all we know.”
   “Who’s Taysin?” Seth asked.
   “He works here, really works here. He gets paid and everything.” The boy said. Seth stood. He knew exactly which man the kid was talking about.
   “Thank you.” He said. “Now I can get both of them back for you.”

   He walked up to the woman who supervised the servants and glanced around. “Where does Taysin live?” he asked. The woman shrugged.

   “How am I supposed to know?” she demanded. “He doesn’t live here, ask one of his friends.”

   Seth’s hand strayed to his sword, but he dropped it and glanced around. “Hey, who knows where Taysin lives?” he yelled. Everyone stopped what they were doing, but only two came up to him, the others ducked their head and hurried with their work.
   “Um, he lives…got through the market and then find the big hill, he lives just on the other side of that, there are some woods that you can go through, but over the hill is faster.” One said. Seth raised his eyebrows.

   “So where I was just now.” He muttered. “Totally perfect.”

   He stormed to the dungeon and practically stuffed Ezra in a bag. The man never said a word, he was probably saying goodbye to…whoever. There was a very great chance that he wouldn’t make it out of this alive.

   The trip through the woods was…long. Very long. He practically stumbled through, but he didn’t want to try to carry a person in a bag over a hill. When he reached the field before the house, he glanced back and saw a hill. Wonderful, he was at the right house.

   Using the woods surround the other side of the house, he watched the group which still sat outside. Aden must be the redhead kid. He practiced with real knives, he must be good.

   “You have got to be kidding me.” He groaned. “I’m going to die, I can’t stop it this time.” He knew he couldn’t take on Rogen, Rowen, or Aden all at once, and they had Sale with them. The only thing to do was get Rowen on his side, and he needed to wait until midnight to do that.

 

   At closer to midnight, he snuck up to Rowen’s room; she was sharing it with another girl and Asha. Tapping on the glass, he slipped the note underneath Rowen’s open window and hurried back to his spot where he watched her. She opened the note and glanced around with a frown. Her eyes traveled down the page and she dropped the note, covering her face with her hands. Running her hands through her hair, she pulled a shirt out from the dresser and Seth turned away.

   She was coming, and she hadn’t screamed, she hadn’t called for her brother, she hadn’t even told Asha. She was just coming. Just her, and then he would threaten her using Ezra until he gained her temporary loyalty.

   “Who are you?” a voice asked. Seth didn’t whirl around like most people would, he looked around with a bored expression. Aden.

   “The Nightmare.” He answered. Aden gripped his knives even tighter.

   “You’re here for Rowen and Asha, aren’t you?” he asked.
   “Add Rogen.” Seth added. “But yes, Rowen and Rogen are…wanted for questioning. And Asha just needs to come back.” He said. “She disappeared and I came to find her.”

    “I can’t let you take her.” Aden seethed, his arms flexing as he gripped the knives. If he held them any tighter, he would start scaring Seth. Nobody gripped them that hard.

   “You can’t do anything about it.” Seth said. Aden attacked him.

   One knife went for his neck, and Seth brought both of his knives up to block it. He felt a prick at his stomach and looked down. That sneaky little-

   “Keep your eye on both knives.” Aden instructed. “I thought that you would know that.”
   “I haven’t slept in four days, cut me some slack.” Seth said.

   “Why don’t I just cut you?” Aden snapped.
   “Right. Look, I just want to neutralize the rebel threat, then I can take off from the palace, it’s not that complicated, I just want to leave.” 

   Aden glanced behind him. “Sale, grab Ezra.” He said. Sale walked out from the woods and removed the top of the bag with his sword. Ezra was unconscious, who knew why, but Rowen ran up and covered her mouth again.
   “Ezra!” she cried, skidding to her knees. She felt his pulse and closed her eyes, starting to shake. “He’s still alive.” She shuddered.

   “For now.” Ezra said, opening his eyes and pressing a knife to Rowen’s throat. Aden’s knife pulled away the slightest bit and Seth slammed his fist into the boy’s head. He didn’t go down, but he stumbled backwards a few steps and gasped.
   “Sale, drop all of your weapons on the ground.” He ordered. Sale stabbed the sword into the ground and pulled his knives out, dropping it on the ground.
   “I will kill you.” He seethed. Seth snorted.
   “Sure.” He nodded. “Uh huh.” Glancing at the still stumbling Aden, he nodded to his knives. “Drop them.”
   Aden dropped both knives and Seth drew his swords. “Both of you, get on your knees and put your hands on your heads.

   Rowen had stopped shaking a long time ago, now she looked like she would kill both of them. Seth wondered where Ezra had gotten the knife. He also wondered what had made him against Rowen instead of for her.

   Rowen dropped to her knees and slid her hands on her head. Sale dropped to his knees as well, but his hands didn’t slide on his head, he set them there, glancing at Seth.

   Some people might have kicked their rival brother while they could, but Seth actually had a shred of dignity, and that wouldn’t be the same as winning a real fight. Not even close.

   “What are you going to do now?” Sale demanded. Seth looked over.

   “Well, now I take all of you to the palace.” He said. “Um, Ezra, you go get Rogen from the house, and get Asha too, red head.”

   Ezra rose and Seth lay one of his swords on Rowen’s neck, the other on Sale’s neck. “So I guess the wedding’s off?” he asked. Rowen rose up slightly, but the sword stopped her.

   “You mention the wedding or anything related to Ezra and I, I swear I will-” she spit, but Seth stopped her.

   “Rowen, don’t make threats that you can’t keep.” He said. Rowen glanced at Aden and she dropped, slamming her foot into his leg. Aden’s foot hit his other leg at the same time and he fell.
   Rowen pressed her sword to his throat and her eyes flamed. “Can’t keep them huh?” she demanded. “What’s wrong
Seth? Did you not get a good night’s sleep?

   “Try four.” He grunted. Rowen laughed, but it wasn’t happy.
   “You are the funniest!” she grinned sarcastically. “Give me one good reason, no, give me one reason why I shouldn’t kill you now?”

   Seth looked around. “Uh, if you do, then Ezra will slit Aden’s open.”
   Rowen didn’t look back. “Aden?” she called. Aden walked around in front of her and glanced down at Seth. “You’re the worst liar ever.” She commented.

   “No, you’re just smart.” He said. Rowen shrugged.

   “Who knows.” She asked. “It could be both.”

   “Tell me before I die, who taught you to swordfight?” he asked. Rowen shook her head.
   “I’ll tell that to my brother before I die.” She snapped. “Wait, how did you know that I kept that a secret?” she demanded. He laughed.
   “I have my ways Rowen.” He said.
   “Rowen!” Rogen called. Rowen lifted her sword the same length that Aden had and Seth took the opportunity. He slammed his head into Rowen’s and she jerked off. Rogen shouted her name again, but Seth already had her in an arm lock.

   “If either one of you move, I will kill her.” He threatened. “And if you don’t surrender completely, I will kill her. You have about a minute and a half before she dies.”

   Rogen hesitated and looked at Rowen. “Rogen, don’t do it.” She managed. “You’ll all die if you do!”

   Rogen looked back at the house and grabbed Ezra. He threw him to the side and Ezra hit his head on a tree. Seth tightened his grip as he watched Rogen gather all of the loose weapons and run. Sale followed them and Aden ran to the house to get his sister out.

   “Looks like your brother didn’t really love you.” He said. Rowen shook her head.

   “He did, but I loved him more.” She said. Seth snorted.

   “Before you die, tell me who trained you.” He suggested. Rowen shook her head and he tightened his grip even more. “Ten seconds isn’t enough anyways, oh well.”
   He finished counting, and three seconds later, she collapsed in his arms. He felt her pulse just in case, but it wasn’t there. Just to be sure though, he tied her wrists behind her back before he gathered his fallen knives and went after the group. He didn’t consider killing Rowen a waste of time really, he was glad he did it. If he was in the middle of a fight, he would still have done it. It had been worth it.



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   The reason I did that ending was because it always tore me up when people did that in books. One person versus the whole team dying? Soooo yeah, don't hate me please!
R. J. Steele
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