Crown of Thorns

In the arena, you make a choice. It doesn't matter who you were yesterday or last week or before, because that's all behind you. It doesn't matter how kind you were and how everyone thought of you as a friend. What matters is the knife in your hand and the kid who is your prey, your prey because it's better them dead than you.

Elesabeth Reston's life is shattered by a name. Hers. No one expects her to last a day in the arena, not even her family. Fifteen years old, and not athletic or strong or anything. But brute force isn't everything. And Elesabeth is determined to get home.

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1. Prologue

This is not a happy story.

The books in our family store tell tales of grandeur, of bravery and chivalry and all the things I now know do not exist in real life. They tell of the greatness of the human race, how good and kind it is, all that I know now to be delusional, utter crap.

I am not a hero. I am not a good person, and I know that now. I no longer kid myself that I am.

I have made bad decisions in life. Decisions that tear me to pieces every time I think of them, and wouldn't I know? Decisions that leave me wreaked with guilt, blocking out everything else, everyone else.

Thoughts.

The thought that if I had to relieve the entire time, I might make the same choice.

I might do it again.

Is it a crime to be alive? To do whatever it takes to live ?

How far would you go to survive?

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