a bullet through crowns (iv. then and now)

by - 4/10/2015 02:02:00 pm


Gunfire in the streets. Again.

Elouise was almost used to it. Five years had passed after the peace ended, and violent protests were the norm. 

She sighed and sank back into her bed by the window. Her heart was still raw from the loss of her two childhood friends. A few months ago, pandemonium gripped the palace of the royal family when they discovered their beloved princess, Claudia, was missing. Fearing that it must have been the work of the rebels, the king had ordered brutal hunts and increased the bounties on their leaders by tenfold.

Then there was Crow. Elouise had not thought about Crow for some time. He stopped coming to school and her garden after the day the peace broke, and she felt the ache of his loss, but more so of his lingering presence in the memories they had shared.

Her thoughts were interrupted by her mother. "Why so glum, Elouise?" she asked cheerily, "One might think you felt sorry for the rebels from the way you're behaving." Rebels, rebels, rebels. That's all Elouise heard nowadays. 

If she were younger, she might've asked, "Why doesn't the king just give money to all the poor people?" This was the reason behind the fighting and destruction. A social and economic rift between the select few and the rest of New England. Beggars were your average citizens, and they were often found screaming about poverty to the noble-blooded folk. She was lucky to be one of them.

However, she could understand the rebels' anger, too. Back in the early days after the war with the machines, the first king had promised to use what money they had to rebuild the nation. After that was done, he would help the less fortunate, those whose property and belongings had not survived the war. Before he fulfill his promise, he was dead, and lesser men took his place.

They'd almost managed to force the current king to abdicate. "You don't understand!" the king had gasped. "It's better this way!" The king's men had arrived, armed to the bone. In the end, the rebels were nothing compared to industrialized weapons. Of course, that didn't stop them from continuing to fight. She failed to see how destroying property would help their cause, but maybe the rebels no longer cared about the nation in which they lived. Maybe they no longer considered it as home.

A face smiled down at her. Her mother's. "It's not our fault that they're all poor, or the king's fault, for that matter," her mother said to Elouise. "It's nobody's fault but their own." I bet that's what you've been told, Elouise thought.

Her mother grabbed Elouise by the shoulders. "Let's go outside."

"Why?"

"For your birthday present, of course." It's my birthday today, Elouise realised. She stared up at the ceiling. It seemed as though things did not improve with age.

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Hi. I've decided to post this series less frequently, because only like three people read it. :') That may seem obnoxious, but it's also a pain to right these like there's a due date, so it would take a lot of pressure of me to get them done and I'll enjoy writing it more.

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  1. I will have to play catch up on the first three instalments, but ooh! Rebels and monarchy and PARENTS EXISTING IN YA. I think I caught a "rebel's" that should've been "rebels'", but other than that this is really intriguing.

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    1. It's pretty lame. I'm writing as I go along :') my actual novella that I'm writing might come on here once I've finished, though.

      Thanks for telling me! I'll fix it now :)

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  2. I will have to play catch up on the first three instalments, but ooh! Rebels and monarchy and PARENTS EXISTING IN YA. I think I caught a "rebel's" that should've been "rebels'", but other than that this is really intriguing.

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    1. Ah, sometimes my comments repeat, too. I think it's a mobile/tablet problem.

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  3. this was so good! And don't worry if it seems like barely anybody reads your posts, sometimes there are silent readers...and well...they're not so great but at least they read your post :) It's very intriguing =)

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  4. Crow is gone! What? But he was cool.

    Why isn't her mother sad about Claudia?

    But, but we like reading this series. But if it puts less pressure on you, then it's cool. :)

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    1. :')

      Claudia and Elouise are half-sisters, so they have different mothers. It's the reason why El lives seperately. I should've made that clear, my bad!

      Thank you! That's a relief.

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