Blood is thicker than water

'I leant into his side, smiling to myself when i felt his arm tighten around me'

14 year old Alicia lives in a small village in the 14th century. Trying to discover herself, and the true meaning of love, family and friendship. Along with her best friend Mary and the gorgeous Elias, she faces the horrors of the black death. Will she survive? Will she have anyone left?

'Please... please don't leave me, I don't want to be alone...'

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12. Chapter 12

I crept back into the house, carefully trying not to disturb anyone. They were all still fast asleep in the corner. I tiptoed past them, shrugging off my cloak, and picking up my hair ribbon from the floor. Quickly plaiting my hair I slipped into bed. I reached under my pillow for my diary but hesitated. What if somebody read it, father would be furious if he knew what had happened, and would probably stop me from seeing Elias again. No, it’s best just to keep it to myself...

 

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I woke to the gentle sounds of the morning rush. I sleepily struggled out of bed; I had only had maybe four hours of sleep. “Alicia c’mon! Or I’ll eat all of your food!” William called cheekily from where he was gulping down porridge. I hurriedly pulled my dress and boots on, undid my hair and ran over. Mother passed me a bowl of porridge and I shoved spoonful after spoonful down my throat. “You look tired Alicia...” Father said slightly suspiciously. I gulped nervously, had he found out? “Um... yeah, it was hot last night, I didn’t get much sleep.” His face softened and he nodded. A sharp rap at the door caught everyone’s attention, although William barely looked up from his food. I jumped to my feet, running to get the door, hoping it was Elias...

Mary stood in the doorway, blonde hair reflecting the bright sunlight. I grinned at her; I had a lot to say. “I’m going to go off to work with Mary, if that’s okay?” Father wasn’t paying attention, but mother nodded. I quickly shut the door behind me and we ran off down the lane. “I have so much to tell you!” I exclaimed excitedly, I knew I could trust Mary, although I probably wouldn’t tell her everything that happened.

When I had finished explaining she was jumping up and down with excitement, “Oh my gosh!” she squealed. “That is so cute!” I just laughed at her and pulled her along, we needed to hurry or we would be late for work. Elias was already there when we arrived; he gave me a wink and wave from where he was, driving the oxen to plough one of the already harvested fields.  When Mary saw, she nudged me with her elbow and was set off in a fit of giggles.

 

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After hours of working, we finally got a break. My right hand had a nasty cut it in from the scythe and I quickly bandaged it with a scrap of cloth. Elias was sitting with Edward and Mary so I quickly ran over to join them. He cleared a space next to him in the shade of an old oak tree, and I sat down heavily, cuddling into his side. He flung an arm round my shoulder, passing me some fruit, a pear this time.  “What happened to your hand?” Elias said worriedly, spotting the makeshift bandage.
“Got clumsy with a scythe,” I laughed. He gently kissed the palm of my hand, looking up at me through his eye lashes. “Well you two obviously need some privacy,” Mary said cheekily. I felt myself blushing and quickly bit into my pear to hide it. They made small talk whilst I ate; I think they were discussing the so called disease. I kept sneaking small glances at Elias - quite a lot of the time he was already looking at me – wondering if he was thinking about last night just like I was... He looked at me again, his dark eyes catching mine just for a second before he re-joined the conversation. I looked down at our joined hands, it was clear he wasn’t going to do anything much more than this until we’re married. If only I could make him break his promise...

I quickly finished eating and chucked the core away, “so what’s happening with the disease?” I asked, trying to get up to date. Three worried faces looked at me, unwilling to say anything, but Mary spoke up. “Th... the rumours... they’re true! The Lord’s daughter has fallen ill, and three of the servants!” My mouth fell open. This can’t be happening. Our village could be wiped out within two months if the rumours are completely accurate. Elias quickly pulled me into a hug, trying to comfort me, whilst Mary and Richard quietly slipped away, trying to be subtle.

“Alicia, it’s okay, we’ll be fine. I promise. We’re going to get through this, together.” He started to lean towards me, about to kiss me... but then he froze.
“Elias...” I started. Why can’t he forget his stupid promise? He shook his head sadly. “You know I can’t and you know why.” He said with an air of finality to his tone. He quickly kissed the top of my head, “we should get back to work.”

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