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Clutching the babe tight, tears fell heavily from the saphire eyes of the young queen. The night had come and gone and not a soul in the castle slept as the infant wailed in the arms of her mother. “Please,” the queen sobbed, “Please, stay with me. Please!”
“It has only gotten worse since her birth, My Queen.” A cold hand touched to the queen’s shoulder, but she did not look up. The doctor’s eyes fell upon the screaming infant. The child was unwordly beautiful, resembling her mother in many aspects, but for the monstrous bruise upon her arm. It had been so small upon her birth, but only weeks later it had grown to cover her arm almost entirely.
The doctors were saying the princess would not last the night, and the whole castle was in an uproar. The queen had pleaded with her husband over and over again, but he had not come to her side even once.
The queen pulled her child closer to her and wept harder. “Shall I send once more for the king?” the doctor asked her, neglecting the king’s previous dismisal of his wife’s agony. When the queen did not respond, he turned to the maid at her side and instructed her to find the king.
The maid found him quickly and easily. As he had been all morning, she found him in the library -- the only place in the castle that the sound of screaming mother and babe could not be heard. The library was one of the largest areas of the already grand castle, nearly three times the size of the dining halls. He was not reading, nor did he pretend to study the intricate murals that hung high upon the walls. He only stood with his eyes to the ceiling and his hands upon his head.
“Your Grace,” she called to him, but she was met with no response. “Your Grace, the queen has asked for your presense. The princess --”
“Leave,” he said instantly.
He then turned to her with a startling lack of pity portrayed upon him. “Now,” he instructed. “Do not call upon me, the whole lot of you.”
Stunned by the absence of empathy for his daughter, the maid could only nod whilst faking her understanding. “Yes, Your Grace,” she uttered, shaking, and left him to be.
As the doors to the library shut once more, the king found a spot against the windowsill where he could see the clouds of dark grey peak just over the garden. It was quiet again, and he was grateful for this. The thunder would roll in, and the night would pass soon, and all that was well would be well again, just as it was before.
Come night fall, he would see that squalling child no more. That, he counted on.
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BlakDreams: Wait is this over already?? I really love this story but I'm not sure, is this story already over?? Hm... if it's over I'm a kill myself cuz I loved it!! AGGHH!This story has a perfect storyline and everything I love itttt! Oh my god!
Sandra Estrada: I loved every minute of it and I thank my lucky stars that brought me to the story, it's been a whirlwind of emotions, plot twist after plot twist but I never got tired of them. Abby and Kade's story is a hard one to understand but once you're submerged in their story and love, you can't help but...
catd69: Karim is a very talented writer. When I started reading his journey it took me into the book and I was in the story till the end. I've never felt this way with any other writers stories. If you want to read a gripping adventure, this will be the one book I would suggest you pick.
softprose: Honestly, this book already has me on my toes, I can't wait to buy the physical copy! It is like a fresh breath of air when reading this. I've already fallen in love with all of the characters! This will be one of those books I'll read over and over again without getting bored of it.
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Isha Chaudhari: Amazing book ...the most beautiful part is the kind of relationship Carla has with Peter. However, the epilogue was the one that surprised me the Most....Carla getting married to Peter....when in the book her relationship is mostly discussed with Ridian.Was a bit confusing thus.Lovable book that ...
Sara Grover: Being that this is your first story and I assume first draft, a lot of little mistakes are common, we all have made them; little things like your instead of you're, missed capitalization, missing punctuation, etc. As for the plot, I have a lot of questions and I did leave comments on certain sect...
Diana123: Wow! This story is very emotional to begin with. And then it is also exciting, interesting and amazing. There are so many moment and situations in this story that really moved me and made me want to cry (to begin with – the story about little Norm not knowing what a hug is, then the death of his ...
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annie08c: I really like this story, I can relate to it a lot and with how she feels, the boyfriend and the events that happened but I'm a little bit younger. It was really good plot, really liked how you stuck to the topic and you had a new title for every chapter making me guess what's going to happen. Ma...
FreakyPoet: "you made me laugh, made me cry, both are hard to do. I spent most of the night reading your story, captivated. This is why you get full stars from me. Thanks for the great story!"
Sara Joy Bailey: "Full of depth and life. The plot was thrilling. The author's style flows naturally and the reader can easily slip into the pages of the story. Very well done."