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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

A re-telling of the story of Cassandra in a modern day but rural community.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Submitted: August 03, 2018

Chapter 1. Cassandra Mary Forbes was a quiet child. Even at three years old she would spend most of her time in her own company, rath... Read Chapter

Chapter 2

Submitted: August 03, 2018

Chapter 2. The unexpected scream startled her mother. The girl, stared white-faced and shocked by the sound of her scream. Then there... Read Chapter

Chapter 3

Submitted: August 05, 2018

Chapter 3. Father was late coming home. Mary worked her hardest to stop his dinner from being spoiled. That was one of the problems o... Read Chapter

Chapter 4.

Submitted: August 06, 2018

Chapter 4. It was a quiet evening with Mary knitting away and Father sitting at the table preparing his next sermon. Every so often M... Read Chapter

chapter 5.

Submitted: August 07, 2018

Chapter 5. The following morning started the same as any other. Mary and the children had breakfasted before Father came down for his... Read Chapter

Chapter 6

Submitted: August 08, 2018

Chapter 6. Father returned home early and it was obvious from his expression that something serious had happened. It couldn’t be!... Read Chapter

Chapter 7.

Submitted: August 10, 2018

Chapter 7. Father’s head whipped round in the girl’s direction, and James followed, turning towards his sister. “What did you... Read Chapter

chapter 8

Submitted: August 11, 2018

Chapter 8. Swiftly excusing herself on the grounds of getting Cassandra to bed, Mary led her daughter from the room and up the stai... Read Chapter

Chapter 9

Submitted: August 11, 2018

Chapter 9. The following morning Mary set about her tasks early. Even though she had been told by Father to make herself available to... Read Chapter

Chapter 10

Submitted: August 11, 2018

Chapter 10. Ellen pulled away as Mary dropped her arms, not sure what she should do. “You brought the girl?” Ellen asked. “Brin... Read Chapter

Chapter 11

Submitted: August 11, 2018

    Chapter 11. The house should be empty when they returned. Mary was still thinking over the words of her friend.... Read Chapter

Chapter 12

Submitted: August 11, 2018

Chapter 12. The house was in darkness when Mary came around. She was still on the floor in the hallway but Cassandra’s door had bee... Read Chapter

Chapter 13

Submitted: August 12, 2018

Chapter 13. That day in the chapel, Father changed both Mary’s and Cassandra’s lives for good. Nobody would dare talk to them bot... Read Chapter

Chapter 14

Submitted: August 13, 2018

Chapter 14. On the morning of her eighth birthday Cassandra woke up screaming. Mary rushed in to hush the girl but Father had already... Read Chapter

Chapter 15.

Submitted: August 13, 2018

Chapter 15. Father and James were late in leaving the house. It was almost, Mary felt, that they knew she was waiting for them to lea... Read Chapter

Chapter 16.

Submitted: August 15, 2018

Chapter 16. The shed, although still standing was not in a very good state of repair. The latch was secured, not by a padlock but wit... Read Chapter

Chapter 17

Submitted: August 17, 2018

Chapter 17. All night, Mary lay awake. So many times she thought she heard the dog, only to tense up, ready for the outrage. Each t... Read Chapter

Chapter 18

Submitted: August 17, 2018

Chapter 18 Cassandra stayed away that evening, sneaking back once Father and James had retired to bed. Mary came down and let the gir... Read Chapter

Chapter 19.

Submitted: August 18, 2018

Chapter 19. Mary had to find a way of getting Cassandra to speak of her worries. The girl was getting worse, panicking around even a ... Read Chapter

Chapter 20.

Submitted: August 19, 2018

Chapter 20. Mary pulled the door open, the time she lost in doing so allowed both James and Father to catch up. As soon as she was in... Read Chapter

Chapter 21

Submitted: August 22, 2018

  Chapter 21. Mary woke up at her usual early hour. Her hand was severely swollen, and was agonizing to move. At least, sh... Read Chapter

Chapter 22

Submitted: August 22, 2018

Chapter 22. Mary could not later understand how she had not heard Cassie descending the stairs. She was completely unaware that her... Read Chapter

Chapter 23.

Submitted: August 22, 2018

Chapter 23. Cassandra had woken, seeming to have no recollection of the last few minutes. Her dream had vanished along with her sleep... Read Chapter

Chapter 24.

Submitted: August 23, 2018

Chapter 24. Father flung open the door grabbed Mary and dragged her out of the door. “Get the other one, James,” he instructed, n... Read Chapter

Chapter 25.

Submitted: August 25, 2018

Chapter 25. Father walked away from the water leaving Mary where he had dumped her. He did not even look at the sobbing figure of his... Read Chapter

Chapter 26.

Submitted: August 26, 2018

Chapter 26. Without so much as a glance at the drowned body of Mary, Father gripped hold of Cassandra and pulled her alon... Read Chapter

Chapter 27.

Submitted: August 27, 2018

Chapter 27. The following morning, James unlocked Cassandra’s door, held it open for her. She could barely get to her feet, yet it ... Read Chapter

Chapter 28.

Submitted: August 27, 2018

Chapter 28. Cassandra’s days took on a repetitive pattern, but in lots of ways she was glad. There was no need to think which left ... Read Chapter

Chapter 29.

Submitted: August 28, 2018

Chapter 29. Over the next few days the dreams increased in both frequency and intensity. It was the detail that she could not recall.... Read Chapter

Chapter 30.

Submitted: August 28, 2018

Chapter 30. Cassandra woke slowly, unsure of where she was. Vague memories made their way into her head along with feelings of pain. ... Read Chapter