Criminal

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic


Fourteen-year-old Alina never liked the red armband that marks her as a Criminal. Glares from strangers, isolation from classmates, the constant eye of guards– the armband has never brought
anything but problems. But her family can’t afford trouble, so she endures. She keeps her head down. She follows the rules.



Until the day she learns she can heal.



Criminals are forbidden from using magic, and failing to report magical abilities is a sure way to get arrested– or even executed. But Alina’s gift has the power to save lives and bring much-needed
income to her impoverished family. Rather than hide her magic, she decides to fight for the right to use it– by overturning her Criminal conviction.



It’s a daunting task, one no one’s ever accomplished. What’s more, Citizens don’t take kindly to a Criminal– and a magical one, at that– trying to become one of them. As Alina struggles against the
courts, threats mount against her family. Changing the law is hard enough, but changing people’s hearts may prove impossible…

Table of Contents

Prologue

Submitted: October 09, 2017

The nightmares came more frequently now, to both of them. It was her tonight. The war this time– it usually was. Even in the safety... Read Chapter

Chapter One

Submitted: October 09, 2017

To be fair, Alina should have insisted on holding Isa’s hand. She had a bad habit of wandering off and an even wors... Read Chapter

Chapter Two

Submitted: October 12, 2017

Nine out of ten. That was the statistic for Alina’s year. Nine out of ten Criminals who’d made it to ninth grade would ... Read Chapter

Chapter Three

Submitted: October 17, 2017

Alina was exhausted even before she knocked on Michael’s door. Isabel left in the middle of the night, in a hur... Read Chapter

Chapter Four

Submitted: October 18, 2017

  “Alina!” Quinn knelt beside her, his hand on her shoulder. His eyes were full of concern. “Alina... Read Chapter

Chapter Five

Submitted: October 23, 2017

  Alina had been twelve the last time Isabel came. Weeks before her arrival, Isabel sent a letter suggesting the visit. She and ... Read Chapter

Chapter Six

Submitted: October 25, 2017

“Aunt Isabel?” Alina was on her feet in a second and peering out the window with him. “Aunt Isabel! Hi!” “Hello, ... Read Chapter

Chapter Seven

Submitted: October 29, 2017

“I am very disappointed in you, young lady.” Alina’s cheeks burned under Ms. Ben’s withering glare. She wanted to o... Read Chapter

Chapter Eight

Submitted: November 28, 2017


Hi, all! I'm back! When last we left Alina, she was healing Ahmed with her newfound powers...
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Chapter Nine

Submitted: December 01, 2017


An attempt at summarizing the events of Indigo- not sure if it makes sense, but I tried!
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Chapter Ten

Submitted: December 07, 2017

“President Gilbreth sent guards to kill your fourteen-year-old uncle?” Bram, Ahmed’s father, raised a skeptical eyebr... Read Chapter

Chapter Eleven

Submitted: December 11, 2017

The attack was all anyone could talk about at school the next morning. Alina had to shove her way into the school building ... Read Chapter

Chapter Twelve

Submitted: December 17, 2017

“She said yes!” Nathaniel, Jonna, and Quinn had all been walking home together since the attack, so Alina hadn’t had ... Read Chapter

Chapter Thirteen

Submitted: December 22, 2017

Alina woke early the day of the hearing. She laid in bed for about an hour, until the sun began peeking through the windows. Th... Read Chapter

Chapter Fourteen

Submitted: January 02, 2018

“What was it like, ‘Lina?” Ash and Isa stared up at Alina excitedly, their faces glowing. “Was she a real judge... Read Chapter

Chapter Fifteen

Submitted: January 04, 2018

Jonna’s fingers were numb as she swirled the yarn around the bin of frigid water. Her teeth chattered, and her breath swirled... Read Chapter

Chapter Sixteen

Submitted: January 08, 2018

“Aunt Annalisa?” Alina couldn’t keep the shock out of her voice as her aunt pushed inside. She stared, openmouthed, a... Read Chapter

Chapter Seventeen

Submitted: January 11, 2018

“Careful, Alina. Don’t twist the stitches or the edge won’t be even.” Nathaniel reached out to steady her hands. “The... Read Chapter

Chapter Eighteen

Submitted: January 16, 2018

“So not only did the judge approve your appeal to the county judge, you’re getting a new house?” Ahmed laughed. “Dang, ... Read Chapter

Chapter Nineteen

Submitted: January 18, 2018

There was not much time for moping or self-pity, because Annalisa wanted the Fletchers to move into the house as soon as possib... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty

Submitted: January 22, 2018

The night was still and silent as a dream. Frigid air nipped at Nathaniel’s cheeks as he stared up at the sky. The moon showe... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty-One

Submitted: January 24, 2018

The best thing so far about the new house was the quiet. It wasn’t silent, of course. Even with the door closed, Alina co... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty-Two

Submitted: January 30, 2018

Alina’s feet bounced up and down as she sat on the hard courtroom bench. She’d brought along her knitting to pass the time,... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty-Three

Submitted: January 31, 2018

Rael whimpered and stirred in his sleep. He had been restless lately, and his dreams were haunted by nightmares. Clare ran her ... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty-Four

Submitted: February 06, 2018

“This is stupid,” Quinn complained, crossing his arms. “It’s a total waste of money. Why do I have ... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty-Five

Submitted: February 07, 2018


Taking a break for the rest of the week because TESTING (aah), but hey, look, I worked ahead for once, aren't I responsible? (Don't answer that.)
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Chapter Twenty-Six

Submitted: February 10, 2018

“Jonna!” Nathaniel bolted to the door, knocking over his chair. He dropped to his knees and knelt beside his wife... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty-Seven

Submitted: February 14, 2018

Alina awoke to the soft popping and crackling of fire. It took a few seconds for her to recognize the sound and remember wh... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty-Eight

Submitted: February 16, 2018

“Alina!” Alina’s head pounded, and she felt groggy. Something sharp was poking into her back, and her foot ... Read Chapter

Chapter Twenty-Nine

Submitted: February 16, 2018

The scrape of fifty pens on paper filled the room with a wonderful fluttering sound, and Annalisa sighed with contentment. ... Read Chapter

Chapter Thirty

Submitted: March 01, 2018


Special thanks to my northern-dwelling cousins for not laughing too hard when I asked them was snow was like. If my descriptions are inaccurate, blame them.
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Chapter Thirty-One

Submitted: March 06, 2018

Snow was falling lightly as Annalisa made her way home, but she hardly noticed. As she scrambled up the steps of the ... Read Chapter

Chapter Thirty-Two

Submitted: March 19, 2018

Chapter 32 “Running from what?” Alina wiped her nose on her sleeve and glared. Tony looked down at the hearth and t... Read Chapter

Chapter Thirty-Three

Submitted: March 21, 2018

Chapter 33 “We never went back home.” Dee had re-kindled the fire as the night grew colder, and now she, Tony, and ... Read Chapter

Chapter Thirty-Four

Submitted: April 06, 2018

Morning broke cold and clear, save a few snowflakes fluttering in the wind. The storm had let up about halfway through the nigh... Read Chapter

Chapter Thirty-Five

Submitted: April 08, 2018

Lie? Alina didn’t understand. Dee’s words clattered together, a string random syllables and phrases that held no meanin... Read Chapter

Chapter Thirty-Six

Submitted: April 12, 2018

Dee and Tony were still waiting on the stoop. To Alina’s surprise, they were not murmuring angrily but staring up at the hous... Read Chapter

Chapter Thirty-Seven

Submitted: April 19, 2018

Her cutting words spoken, Annalisa pried Ash’s fingers from the bodice of her dress and plopped him in Alina’s arms. Then s... Read Chapter

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