Denis Stepanov would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Prologue - Part One: Rachel’s Story

By Denis Stepanov All Rights Reserved ©

Thriller / Fantasy

Prologue - Part One: Rachel’s Story

On the morning of October twenty fourth, nineteen hundred and sixteen, the world of Catheryn (Cat) Delaware and her daughter, Rachel Delaware was at peace. In other universes, great wars were raging that would turn the twentieth century into the most destructive in the entire history of their worlds. Here the Great Century War had ended in 1901 with similar instability and rumors of more wars to come. For Catheryn, who had yet to shake the horrors of the war she had fought in and the brutality of the world in general, and for Rachel, who had been mostly sheltered from such horrors by her mother and grandmother, the world was about to change.

On the morning of October twenty fourth, nineteen hundred and sixteen, Franklin Cooper, Rachel’s uncle, had departed Cooper’s Landing with his best men and two boats to visit Cooper’s Island. From there, he intended to take his niece back to New Orleans. He was concerned that he might be too late. His mother had been caring for the girl for six years since Rachel’s mother had abandoned her. Frank had gained custody of her in a hearing two years ago after his brother, Rachel’s father, had been assassinated.

The girl’s lunatic mother had shown up then, disrupted the court with her accusations, and had barely escaped arrest by leaping out a window three stories above the ground and disappearing. She had moved to the top rank of suspects for his brother’s murder and a warrant had been issued that day.

He had no doubt she was Rachel’s mother. She looked like her and he recalled her from a spot of fun he and the boys had had just about the right time fourteen years ago. She was supposed to have been dead then but turned up later in a hospital and escaped from there before they could take care of her. Then nothing was heard of her for nearly nine years. It explained a lot about assorted failed operations and unexpected investigations though. His men had been given orders to kill her on sight.

As for Rachel, she was nearing her maturity. Witches tended to accelerate their powers then; but, as a warlock, he could bind her to his will if he wove the rituals soon enough. His witch consultants had assured him that the girl would be exceptionally powerful as she matured, and he would control her. As a blood relative it should be easy enough; but only if the rituals were done before she was too powerful.

Frank had hopes of catching Cat in the bayou if she came to get her daughter. He knew Rachel’s grandmother opposed his custody, but she was no significant obstacle. The mother had kidnapped Rachel once before from his brother when Rachel was in the city. She might attempt to do so again if he didn’t get to her first.

So he had come early and stronger than she would expect.

When the girl left the bayou this time, it would be for good and she would be a full-fledged orphan.

Iterates over elements of collection and invokes iteratee for each element. The iteratee is invoked with three arguments: (value, index|key, collection). Iteratee functions may exit iteration early by explicitly returning false.

Note: As with other “Collections” methods, objects with a “length” property are iterated like arrays. To avoid this behavior use _.forIn or _.forOwn for object iteration.






collection (Array|Object): The collection to iterate over.

[iteratee=_.identity] (Function): The function invoked per iteration.

Continue Reading Next Chapter
1. Prologue - Part One: Rachel’s Story
Further Recommendations

Dee: It’s been two years since Lilly lost her best friend to a vicious random shooting. Now, after a prestigious university extends her an offer of study, she has the chance to start afresh and leave all her demons behind. But the last thing she expects is to meet Elliot. He's a criminal. She's hasn'...

Marijana1: The melancholy present throughout this story has the power to influence and etch into the minds of the readers, to stay there and refuse to leave even after they have finished reading the story. This is a deep, powerful story, making the readers wonder about everything – about love, about their e...

Aditya Harikrish: It had me on tenterhooks since the very first page. Excllently developed plot and characters. You've done an amazing job of building a fantasy world from scratch. Hats off to you!A sequel is a must.

Sonali Srivastava: It is very Fancinating to read a story full of Fantasy and specially when love is not complete as story , I really like the Imagination of Author and his writing skill, u dictated everything so beautifuly that when I read it I lost in the story and I hope I will read soon the second year of Zakir...

Drew C. Elyon: I've only read one chapter so far, but from what I've seen, this is steampunk at its best. The narrative flows so beautifully I could envision every scene in an almost cinematic fashion. I believe in the complexity of simplicity, and this story has that in its descriptions.

William Elliott Kern: Whew. one telling his story, in the Bar, to his friend, who questions some circumstances that need clarity, The Confusion comes from a man, carrying his dead friend Chappies, while conversing with himself, and Chappies, and his alter ego......a broken mind, not yet forgotten..........The Author ...

More Recommendations

Tony Hyde: This was a great book!It was a crazy ride to an insane ending! It kept me at the edge of my seat.I enjoyed the three timelines and how they brought the story to a fantastic peak near the end!If you like suspense with lots of twists and turns than this book is for you!

bloodrosemaiden: I love this book!! I have read it several times and though there could be improvements I applaud the author. I know positive feed back is appreciated!! I enjoy reading about the learning the different character's backstories, and the affects in the overall story!

mray2174: I did like this story. I would totally recommend it to a friend, but it didn't seem like a book. Your writing style reminded me of a fan fiction writer, always adding in tiny details and making things like "Oh, my name is [name that no one would ever name a child] and here is my life story. Oh, d...

Warren Bull: I thought this was a fast=paced thriller with elements of several other genres woven seamlessly in. It hooked me early and held my attention throughout. I liked the humor and surprises along the way. I really enjoyed the novel. I am not a big fan of romances or paranormal works,but when those ele...

{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.