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Albert Hewitt is fed up with his rebellious daughter Eliza. The final straw comes when Eliza gets expelled from her exclusive school. Albert has had enough. He decides to teach her a lesson. A good friend of Albert’s offers a place for Eliza to stay, a place where strict rules are in place and young women must learn their place. Albert assumes he is sending his daughter away to a finishing school. Unwillingly Albert sends Eliza into one of the strictest Cults in the country. Eliza finds herself in an unfamiliar place, with strange rules and even stranger people. She has been given a new name, a new wardrobe and strict commandments to live by. She is scared of her new surroundings, but one question remains hot on Eliza’s mind… Why her Father sent her here.
(The amazing cover was made by Narcy)

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9. Abigail

The Commandments

These are the following NINE Commandments that, as a young woman, you should obey.


1. You must join a unit of the CY’s (the Community Youth).
The Community Youth are small groups of young Community members who work to ensure the Community is kept tidy and well looked after. They also have additional roles at Church, such as keeping the younger children quiet during the service, arriving earlier to set up and staying behind to tidy up once service has finished. There are different divisions of the CY. Girls join the GCY, the Girl’s Community Youth and the boys join the BCY. As you grow in age there are more senior units of the CY, promotion to these senior positions are based on age, maturity and devotion to the Church.  

 

2. Church requires compulsory attendance.
All members of our Community are required to attend Church once a week on Friday evenings. You have already attended many services with your families, but now, as you become older there are other responsibilities that need to be taken on.
You will continue to attend these services but you will now arrive at five pm, an hour earlier so that you can help set up, you will also leave an hour later so that you can tidy everything away.
Showing your dedication and devotion may lead to you being invited to read during the services. It is a privilege to be asked and it is considered a high reward.
When you were younger, if you missed Church no punishment was enforced, but as a member of the Community there are laws in place.
Missing three consecutive weeks of Church will result in a fine, unless extraordinary circumstances occur.

 

3. It is mandatory to attend Church School.
The Church School sessions take place on Saturday mornings; the sessions run from 9 am until 1 pm. Church School must be attended alongside your regular schooling. This is to ensure you are educated on your rich history and how to practice your religion correctly.

 

4. You are forbidden from leaving the Community boundaries between the hours of 8pm and 7am.
As a young woman you are vulnerable and the outside world could possibly take advantage of you ignorance if you leave the boundaries during the evening. The exception to this is if a male family member is present with you. He will protect you from the dangers, but to be cautious it is never safe to leave the house alone.
During the day, it is preferred that women stay in their homes whilst their husbands and Fathers are away at work. It is safe for them to go about their business with the washing and to and from the shops but loitering is frowned upon.
Young children are not to make much noise, as an older child you must ensure children do not shout or mess around in the streets. Playing in the streets is strictly forbidden.

 

5. You are required to attend one of the two Church approved schools.
The first school, St Robert’s is open to every member of The Community, the fees are lower but the standard of education is still high. The second school, Lord Antony’s, is a smaller school, places here are reserved for the children of wealthier members of The Community. Spaces at this school are not applied for, places are offered to only the children suitable to attend.
Both schools educate the children each day from 8 am to 4pm lunch is provided by the school. On Friday’s students must stay at school until 5 pm for sport and other activities.

 

6.  Women must dress simply and should not draw any unnecessary attention.
A young girl is pure and she must be kept looking pure. The excessive use of make-up and decoration on clothes is forbidden. Women must dress modestly as you are your Father’s responsibility until you wed, then your husband takes over. They are the only two men a woman must aim to please.

 

7. No witchcraft.
Witchcraft is an act punishable by death, it goes against our teachings and we must prevent such things from affecting the children. As a young girl, you are a target for the witches; your ignorance may be exploited. If you suspect anyone of witchcraft you must tell your Father or a senior Community member and they shall deal with it accordingly. Witchcraft is highly dangerous and witches have been known to kill.

 

8. You must have no contact with the outside world.
The Community is isolated away from the dangerous world, they have tried to poison our minds with their modern technology and their witchcraft but it must not be allowed to taint us. Men must work and do business with the other world but women and children must have no contact with it whatsoever.
The technology they gift us with is also dangerous, they want to take over our Community kill the men and rape the women. The outside world is dangerous. It is full of the children of Satan. You must not let it taint you otherwise consequences will occur.

 

9. Prayer times must be obeyed.

Praying is to take place at eight am and eight pm. Prayer must also occur before each meal and when it is deemed appropriate to do so, this can be decided by the Master of the household. If a prayer is not completed at the correct time a punishment may be inflicted on the offender.

 

All commandments must be obeyed at all times; failure to comply will result in severe consequences are guaranteed. 

 

Congratulations once again. And welcome to the Community.

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