Reverent Sacrifice

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
Privilege and power breed recklessness; when combined with pure morality they form a force of nature. No amount of difficulty will keep Christine, a young sorceress from a cursed land, from destroying an injustice that has ruined the lives of a father and his daughter.

She could never have predicted the tangled web woven by her own people or what it all tied back to. She also never could have foreseen what would emerge from the curse.

Over fourteen years, Jefferson lost himself in it, lost his daughter to it, lost everything. In her boundless benevolence she will return what was taken and give even more.

The curse was just the beginning, however, their journey’s twisted path can only darken from here.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Submitted: February 15, 2017

Muddy water splashed up from the soaked ground and splattered against the leather pants of a young woman walking through a thick forest... Read Chapter

Chapter 2

Submitted: February 15, 2017

Christine woke gradually, the fog of sleep still hanging over her, and sat up with a yawn. She felt more rested than she had in a while... Read Chapter

Chapter 3

Submitted: February 16, 2017

This chapter is all about Christine and Jefferson on their own. Some details of her upbringing and powers are revealed while she works on breaking this curse. She is not about to allow it to run its course without a fight. He decides to try and stand up for himself again now that she is in the castle. This is mostly a character-building filler chapter. Read Chapter

Chapter 4

Submitted: February 17, 2017

Jefferson and Christine cross paths again, and they still aren't getting along. Christine will not be deterred, but breaking this curse isn't getting any easier. Read Chapter

Chapter 5

Submitted: February 17, 2017

In this short chapter, things begin to shift. Jefferson is beginning to listen to Christine and she is even more hellbent on freeing him. She tries more spells and goes to him yet again. Read Chapter

Chapter 6

Submitted: February 27, 2017

Christine and Jefferson are making more progress here and have a small moment that shows just how far they're coming. She still has faith in him and he just might be trusting her more. This is another short, mostly filler chapter. Read Chapter

Chapter 7

Submitted: February 27, 2017

This is another short chapter where Jefferson makes his first real breakthrough. It takes place immediately after the previous one. Things pick up after this cliffhanger and we get to meet the real Jefferson, not just the Hatter that the curse created. Read Chapter

Chapter 8

Submitted: March 05, 2017

This chapter is a turning point. Jefferson is finally back, but the curse is not happy with this fact. Although Christine is hopeful, she understands that they still have limited time to get him out. It is most certainly not smooth sailing from here. Read Chapter

Chapter 9

Submitted: March 05, 2017

A bit of a longer character-building filler chapter. Christine and Jefferson are bumping heads a bit, and we get clear views into what they currently think of each other. More development is to come as they fight this curse together. Read Chapter

Chapter 10

Submitted: March 05, 2017

This is another filler chapter where we get to see how Christine and Jefferson are working things out. We also get to hear about Christine's homeland and some of the species she has grown up around. More to come on that and their relationship. Read Chapter

Chapter 11

Submitted: March 05, 2017

This is another short filler chapter that takes a scene almost straight out of the movie Beauty and The Beast. Jefferson may just be feeling more for Christine and she may be returning that. Read Chapter

Chapter 12

Submitted: March 07, 2017

This short filler chapter reveals some about Jefferson and Christine. They are certainly growing closer together, but unfortunately there are still walls between them that will take time to break down. Read Chapter

Chapter 13

Submitted: March 07, 2017

This chapter is more filler, but I think in terms of the relationship between Jefferson and Christine, it is very important. They're breaking down more walls and progress will be made soon because of it. (On a personal note, this was one of my favorite chapters to write in this story because of how light and fluffy their interaction is.) Read Chapter

Chapter 14

Submitted: March 12, 2017

Christine finally learns the dark secret behind the curse and her own life. She has a choice to make, but she doesn't know if she has the strength do to so. Jefferson ponders their situation and may be coming to terms with his own emotions. Read Chapter

Chapter 15

Submitted: March 16, 2017

Christine makes a desperate attempt to save Jefferson again and fails. Read Chapter

Chapter 16

Submitted: March 16, 2017

Time is up. Christine makes the ultimate sacrifice and pays the price for the feelings she has developed for Jefferson. Read Chapter

Epilogue

Submitted: March 16, 2017

Jefferson finally reunites with his daughter and Christine finally gets to meet her. Read Chapter


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