Daughters Of The Locust

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Historical Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
With a history dating back from before the fall of Rome, The Daughters Of The Locust are a school of assassins that bring in young girls to train them to be the most ruthless people alive. All goes well for the Daughters until they find a girl with a blacker heart than any before her.

Her only rule is to survive.

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Submitted: July 27, 2018

There was never any between in the kitchen. It was deafeningly loud, or it was as silent as the crypt.It was blisteringly hot, or it wa... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 27, 2018

Arabella had been forced to watch her siblings load up a cart with a few meager belongings, then drive off with their mother. Arabella to... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 30, 2018

Foundling Hall was aptly dubbed, but regardless of their fathers' background, most of the girls had been born in huts or tents, some of th... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 30, 2018

"You will stand until I am seated," the Mistress said, and all the girls stood. "You will stand on the left side of the chair." She raise... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 30, 2018

Sidney had been truthful. The days followed the same rhythm as the first one, only changing in the complexity of the routines. They were ... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 30, 2018

The next day, thirteen girls stood in a line on the fresh lawn of Foundling Hall. Kinna was on a cot beside them, her leg still splinted.... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 30, 2018

Seven Years Later    They had lost three more girls out of their ranks. One by miscalculation of a hit and her throa... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 30, 2018

Dinner was quiet.    Six girls sat where seventeen once did. Penelope, Ariadne, Farrah, Salome, Arabella, and Sadie.... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 30, 2018

An hour or so after dinner, the Mistress came in and stopped the girls in their music practice, telling them to put their instruments awa... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 30, 2018

Life had trained Arabella to be a light sleeper, so she woke when the man snuck out of her bed, dressed, and let himself out. Releasing h... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 30, 2018

Predictably, Sidney had run to the Mistress, who gave Arabella a strict dressing down, but she noticed that the Mistress did not raise he... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 30, 2018

When she did sleep, she dreamed of death and blood. Someone was screaming and she could almost feel the pain. She was a man, and he was s... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 30, 2018

Holding a sack of her few belongings, Arabella stared at the castle. It was not near as grand as she had been expecting. It was not half ... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 30, 2018

The evening passed mildly. They ate dried meat and hardtack, drinking water out of the bucket. Arabella baffled Jack with her habit of wa... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 30, 2018

It was still dark when someone pounded on their door.  Jack opened it, waving for Arabella to cover herself with a blanket. A... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 30, 2018

John was back on his feet, albeit shakily, after a few hours. Jack advised him to be careful until his neck was healed and to come back e... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 30, 2018

Unsurprisingly, the celebration took place in the stable. Many of the horses had been put in the corral for the time, and all of the wash... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 30, 2018

There rose a lake not far from the back of castle wall, and Arabella walked to it, her hunger for solitude roaring into starvation. She a... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 30, 2018

Walking back to the hut, she saw a shadow lurking in the dark beside it. She halted before remembering that it was Jocelin. She swore sil... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 31, 2018

The next day, there was a steady stream of people with various ailments that ranged from wet foot syndromes to boils to unwanted pregnanc... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 31, 2018

The next day, Arabella was carrying a load of laundry on her head to the castle when a soldier she did not know came up to her and said t... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 31, 2018

In his bath, Jocelin sat, steam curling off the water. He heard a noise behind him. "Get out!" He barked. When he heard the susurrations ... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 31, 2018

The scream woke Arabella, who groaned before remembering where she was. She shivered, and tried to curl up.  There was more s... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 31, 2018

Before dawn, Arabella was awake, needlessly sorting things, placing some of the objects separate, in a bag.  Lazily, for he n... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 31, 2018

Still, they rallied the men, who were warming to their lord's words, Arabella strode to the castle, wings on her heels. There was a soldi... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 31, 2018

In the gloom of the eventide, Arabella walked up the gravel path to Foundling Hall, her fingers tracing over the cloth that wrapped her l... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 31, 2018

On the front lawn, several bonfires raged, charging the air with their almost deafening roar.  Like a knight of Templar, Arab... Read Chapter

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Submitted: July 31, 2018

Letters were sent by the swiftest riders to several of the former students, Farrah was one of them. While she had her sensibilities, she ... Read Chapter

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Submitted: August 01, 2018

Watching the girls drill outside her window, Arabella leaned on her fist, wondering if she would miss this place when she finally left fo... Read Chapter

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Submitted: August 01, 2018

On the front lawn stood an entourage of ten or so men, some still seated on their mounts.  No banners announced them, instead, they ... Read Chapter

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Submitted: August 01, 2018

The soldiers were not permitted into the hall for the protection of the students, and as the weather turned colder, a silent resentment r... Read Chapter

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Submitted: August 01, 2018

Winter came and with it a fine dusting of snow.  The caravan was contenting themselves that it was not worse.  It was not uncom... Read Chapter

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Submitted: August 01, 2018

Thanks to such a recent occupation the castle was running low on many vital things; to save on fuel for the fire, many parts of the castl... Read Chapter

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Submitted: August 01, 2018

Walking through the much colder halls after dinner, Arabella followed the hall until she was stopped by a guard who informed her that Gil... Read Chapter

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Submitted: August 01, 2018

  Days went by, and Arabella was ignored by the Royals in an extremely pointed manner for the most part, the exception being Una... Read Chapter

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Submitted: August 01, 2018

As the coming of the wedding drew ever closer, Arabella could feel it pressing into the base of her skull, slowly killing her. The... Read Chapter

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Submitted: August 01, 2018

Waking early, Arabella cleaned up the broken pottery before bundling it in a handkerchief, she went down to the kitchen, tossing the whol... Read Chapter

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Submitted: August 01, 2018

That night, Louis lead Arabella to a parlour so that they could convene with the priest.  Una followed on Arabella's tail like a sha... Read Chapter

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Submitted: August 01, 2018

At the eve of next full moon, the wedding arrived.  Nearly everyone else celebrated, while the bride and groom seemed much more rese... Read Chapter

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Submitted: August 01, 2018

Either fearing the fate the priest predicted, or feeling as if she had to make up for her neglect, Una clung to Arabella, often dragging ... Read Chapter

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Submitted: August 01, 2018

On it went until a soft roundness became plain underneath her navel.    She ran to the medicinewomen and midwives, sear... Read Chapter

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Submitted: August 01, 2018

Without warning, Arabella was suddenly more alone than she was before, as Una avoided her, and Arabella avoided Baigh, who kept trying to... Read Chapter

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Submitted: August 01, 2018

And so, for a time a new routine arose as agitation at Vost rose to a near fever pitch. In the day, she had been forced to give up... Read Chapter

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Submitted: August 02, 2018

Having lost consciousness again, Arabella startled awake, not knowing what was happening or why she hurt so badly.  She weakly scann... Read Chapter

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Submitted: August 02, 2018

Shouting and as well as the door being thrown open woke Arabella, whose grip tightened around her babies protectively.  She sat up a... Read Chapter

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Submitted: August 02, 2018

When a persistent weight lingered on her chest, Arabella snapped awake, her dagger pressed the throat of her attacker. Staying dea... Read Chapter

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Submitted: August 02, 2018

Spring was left forgotten, in its place came a biting, ruthless summer, the heat only broken by interludes of thunderous rain. The... Read Chapter

Epilogue

Submitted: August 02, 2018

Dressed in a red linen dress with loose sleeves, Arabella carefully sat on her throne, Azriel in her arms as she sat her satin slippers... Read Chapter

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