This is just a
short chapter to start. Please be patent, I promise the good
stuff it coming!
The fact is, I've been a prisoner my whole
life. From the moment I took my first breath I was chained to
another, given in body and soul for them to do whatever they
please. I didn't choose this fate, but it was chosen
for me. Some people just have the worst luck with families, my
bad luck just ran a little longer than usual. Seven centuries
longer than usual.
For when my forefathers swore the oath that
would keep them in service to another family, they swore it for
their children and their children after that. An oath of
servitude to last all the ages. It just turned out that my
service was to be of a very different kind.
"Its very close now my dear" mother said,
pressing a kiss to her forehead, " I can see the change in you
She looked away, tied of the same
"We really do need to look into your dress,
you've never even tried it on!"
"You know it will fit mother."
"Hmm, yes well, I cant imagine they would get
it wrong." She agreed.
"I'm going for a walk." She stood to walk
"Lex." mother called after her.
"Yeah." She turned.
"Don't wander too far." She said in a knowing
voice. Lex nodded curtly and turned away.
Lex wondered how many more times would she
have to sit through everyone poking and prodding around her? Were
they really so happy to see her go, never to come back?
She sighed and moved through the thick cover
of vines that let to the garden. Her breathing came easier now,
she could be alone at last. This place, with it's moss covered
trees that blanketed the sky and patches of unruly wild flowers
had been Lex's sanctuary for so long that moving to sit beneath
the massive tree at it's centre was second nature.
She moved to lie on her back and look at the
small patches of sunlight breaking through the leaves. It really
wasn't so horrible a prison, if anything Lex would have preferred
that it was a little less beautiful. If she had been imprisoned
in some shoddy stone building where the only sight from her
current position were the scratch marks of past prisoners, then
maybe her resentment wouldn't seen so irrational.
But as it were, Lex knew better than anyone
that it was coming closer. Because while her mother could see it
in her features, which were starting to glow with a dull pearly
sheen, Lex could feel it in her very soul, as if the ropes buried
under her skin were starting to pull her towards something.
Perhaps she should be relieved, Lex thought, no more of this
absurd waiting. Her eighteenth birthday was two days away which
meant that he had a right to take her at any moment.
A wry smile spread over her features as Lex
thought of how shocked he will be when he realizes that she won't
play along with his little game. He could control almost
everything in her world, but he couldn't run her mind. Lex waited
until the sun had moved from overhead to re-emerge to her prison.
Walking to the top of the hill that overlooked the sea Lex
sighed. She would miss it she realized, she'd miss the plains of
grass that went on and on and the sea that had no ending. She'd
miss the quaint manor house which she was born in and the library
which had been her only travel, if there was a book on those
dusty shelves that she hadn't read it would be a complete
Walking to the very top, Lex looked out over
the spectacular drop and out to sea. She smiled again as she
edged her toes over the crumbling cliff face the wind blowing her
hair back; just one more to ruffle him a bit. With that thought,
Lex tipped herself forward until she was overbalanced. She only
had time to see the waves breaking on jagged rocks some forty
feet below before tight cords caught her. She sighed with boredom
as the cords pulled her from the cliffs edge and sat her safely
on the grass.
"He must have no life" she said to no one as
she dusted herself and started walking back down the hill.