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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17. Chapter 17

William’s gone.

Mother won’t stop crying although she hasn’t said a word. Father just sits there, shell shocked, his face deathly pale, his arm around mothers shoulders, he too hasn’t said a word.

It’s been up to me to look after things the last couple of days, to take his body outside, leave it for the collectors to take to the dump. His body has probably already been burned... he was only 6...

Imagine the worst pain you’ve ever felt, then times it by ten, then imagine that pain inside you, as if a real thing, slowly eating you from the inside out. That is the pain of losing a brother. But there is a worse pain; losing a son.

His face torments me at night, pale and clammy, but bright red cheeks. His eyes barely fluttering open. Fighting death that he knows will come. In turn it will come for the rest of us, there is no escaping it, there is no cure...

Movement from the corner caught my eye; father was no longer sitting next to mother. He took one faltering step forward and then fell.

His eyes rolled into the back of his head as he slumped on to the ground, he lay unmoving for a split second, everything stood still, then mother was next to him, shaking him. I dropped my diary instantly and ran over. Just like William he was as pale as ice, with blood red cheeks. His hair stuck to his clammy forehead, his breathing ragged and desperate. A single purple, red lump the size of an egg had appeared on his neck.

He had about four days to live.

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