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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18. Chapter 18

*Five days later*

Your parents are supposed to look after you not the other way round, so how am I sitting here alive, and they’re lying on the bed, breathing their last breaths. Father has lasted longer than most, I could almost believe he is going to get better, but he won’t... I know he won’t. Mother fell ill the day after he collapsed, I have to take care of them both, not that there’s any point of course. They will die, and my time will come as well, everybody’s will. This disease, this plague, it’s killing everybody, everything, it’s the apocalypse...

Mad Anne was stoned to death two days ago... but it made no difference, we are still to be punished for a sin we did not commit. The harvest has been abandoned, people stopped showing up for work when the disease broke out, and it has been left in the fields to rot.

There’s still no sign of Elias... There’s no sign of anybody... Even the body collectors have stopped coming now that they too, have died. Soon there will be no one left, I am one of the few lucky ones who have survived so far, although some could call this a fate worse than death, to watch everyone you love and care about die in front of you, knowing you can do nothing to help them...

Movement from my mother caught m eye and I quickly dropped my diary.   “M-” a whisper of sound escaped my lips as she moved restlessly, eyelids fluttering shut in pain. I took her hand in mine, she was drenched in a cold sweat but her skin was burning hot. “Mother please, please get better...” Words were running out of my mouth, tears filling my eyes and spilling down my cheeks as she breathed, her whole body shuddering with the effort.


I hurriedly turned to father, he was almost gone, his breathing shallow and resigned.  “Father... I’m going to miss you so much... I know there’s nothing I can do... I don’t know how to help you... You were supposed to give me away to Elias and now... It can’t be ending like this, after it all started to go right...” He gave a little sigh and then started to choke, his coughing becoming more agitated with every second. I helped him sit up right but his eyes didn’t open. Scarlett appeared on his lips as he spluttered, struggling to breathe through the blood that was filling his lungs. “No... No no no! Father please! Please fight it...”  Tears were streaming down my face in earnest as I watched the life drain from my father’s face, his coughing and choking ceasing finally. He lay limp in my arms as silence entered our cottage, but it didn’t last long...

A dry rasping cough filled the room, but this time from my mother.

This couldn’t be happening! Not both of them at the same time, I don’t want to be alone! I can’t be, I don’t know how to... to live...
I lowered my father gently back onto the bed and lifted my mother into my arms, cradling her gently as she too coughed up blood. The internal bleeding finally becoming too much and taking over her lungs. It wasn’t long until she too, lay dead in my arms, her mouth stained with blood that no longer lived.

I backed away from their lifeless bodies, the shock of what had just happened barely registering in my mind. I rubbed the back of my neck nervously, what am I going to do?
Wait... what is that on my neck?  A lump about the size of an egg has appeared on my neck, and without seeing it, I know it’s a purple red colour...

This is it...

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