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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3. Chapter 3

The sun was beating down overhead and it was getting too hot to work. I dropped my scythe and started to stumble over to the old apple tree where everyone was crowding, shaking the tree to try and get a ripe apple for lunch. As I neared the tree I noticed little William clinging to a branch, one hand stretched out in front of him towards a big red apple. ”Get down from there at once!” I shouted. If he fell off I would get the blame and the stick for not looking after him.
He glanced in my direction, looking worried when he saw my expression. He jumped off his branch grabbing the apple as he dropped to the ground. He sauntered past me, completely ignoring me as he bit into his apple. I couldn’t help but laugh when juice dribbled down his chin. He glared at me before running over to his friend Henry.


I spotted Elias waving at me, and I couldn’t help smiling at him. I ran over to where he was sitting in the shade of a young oak tree. As I approached, he stood up. He folded me into a hug, setting off all the butterflies again. “Happy birthday,” he whispered into my hair. “Thanks,” I mumbled back, my head wresting on his shoulder. He sat down on the ground and pulled me with him. “You’re blushing,” he told me teasingly. “I am not,” I said rubbing at my cheeks. “It’s the heat.” He slung a lazy arm ‘round my shoulders and passed me an apple. “Of course it is,” he replied, smiling easily.
He lent against the tree and closed his eyes. I couldn’t help but stare at him; I absentmindedly took a bite of my apple, all the while taking in his features. Gentle sunlight filtered through the leaves casting a pattern onto his face, outlining his cheek bones and highlighting his hair. Dark lashes framed his eyes, abnormally long for a man, but gorgeous all the same. He shifted position slightly, and I realised with a jolt how close we were sitting. His arm was around my shoulders, our legs touching... Could he possibly? No... We have always been close... Not this close... Maybe, just maybe... I shook my head; I shouldn’t get my hopes up.


I noticed Mary a few meters away, she waved and winked at me when she noticed Elias’ arm but thankfully didn’t come over. I leant into his side, smiling to myself when I felt his arm tighten around me. I bit into my apple, savouring the sweet juice but quickly finished it.
“Everybody up, and back to work NOW!” I jumped at the foreman’s harsh tone, and Elias laughed at my sudden movement. “Anybody who is not back to work in 30 seconds gets 3 lashes of the cane!” Immediately there was a huge scurry of activity and rushing as people hurried to their tools and started work again. “I’ll see you later!” Elias called after me; I nodded smiling, but then thought. ‘Later?’ What did he mean, unless he wanted to meet after work to walk home?

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3 hours later I was finishing my row when Mary found me. “C’mon lets go,” she tugged at my arm and I surrendered. I quickly signed out and we ran down the lane laughing. We collapsed on the grass in green meadow, panting hard. “I saw you and Elias today!” she exclaimed. "You are so cute together! And when he put his arm around you!" She squealed. I laughed at her excitement. "You're happier about this than I am!" I joked.
"He is so going to choose you! I just know it! Oh hey we have to get back for your coming of age celebration."
"What?" I almost shouted.
"Oh didn't you know," she giggled. "Well you do now anyway. Basically we're having on bonfire on North Hill with lots of dancing!" She was squealing again as she finished. "Alright, alright let's go," I said, giving in to her contagious excitement.

 

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Elias' Diary

It's her birthday today, she is finally 14. Her celebration is tonight, a bonfire on North hill. I'll ask her father’s permission to court her then. She looked amazing today, radiant. She was wearing a new ribbon in her hair and she seemed older in a way. I need to prepare for the bonfire as I'm supposed to be building and lighting it. If her father says yes she will have her first gift of courtship tomorrow. I just hope she accepts it...

 

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