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The Night Prince - Chapter 31Chapter Thirty OneIn Which Lucia Finally Meets Princess EvangelineAs Lucia and Julian made their way back to the mansion, Lucia dared not look any of the townspeople in the eye. She focused on the rhythmic crunching of the gravel beneath her feet and tried to match her cadence with Julian’s. The prince walked at a pace that was a little slower than Lucia’s, although he seemed determined to stay just a little bit ahead of her. In any case, Lucia was careful not to stray far, because she dared not risk that the townspeople might think she was out alone. Too many people knew her face – and knew too little else.They crunched their way down the path, footsteps noisy and voices silent. Soon, they reached the front of the mansion. Julian gave a fleeting glimpse in Lucia’s direction to ensure that she was still there. Lucia pretended to be in a distant reverie, staring at the leafless trees and light grey sky. In
Back To The Drawing BoardWhat I need now is not a distractionIt’s actionExtractionIdeas with tractionThese worlds I created, they’re stagnantThey’re wiltingThey’re nothingThey’re dyingI’ve failed and it kills meMy heart’s getting restlessMy mind’s getting sickBroken fingernails, bloodstains,Just seeing what sticksI know I’m not importantJust another diseaseJust a fat splat of carbonIn the vast human seasUsed to think I was specialI thought I could achieveSomething goodSomething brilliantSomething this world might needBut it all fell apart againIt all went ignored“So we meet again, my old friend”says the drawing boardOver and overWe search through the factualThe tacticalThe practicalFor something spectacularEven if it is nothing but the hopeful flickerThat as my days grow shorter and my mind gets sickerThat maybeJust maybeI might have found somethingJust one thingJust ONE thingThrough all of this huntingThat
The Night Prince - Chapter 30Chapter ThirtyIn Which Lucia And Thomas Are Set Free From PrisonThe sound filled the dank air of the jail, flooding down the hallway and rushing into the cell. Lucia was quite sure she heard two distinct sets of footprints. William the jailer caused the same heavy footfalls as before. Along with his steps came the sound of the metal keys, knocking together like ominous wind chimes. However, when Lucia listened closely, she heard a second set of lighter footsteps following William an instant later. They seemed to have the weight of a man yet the stealth of a cat. The sounds’ echoing off the stone walls made it difficult to determine much else.The steps fell silent as William marched into view and stopped in front of their jail cell. His burlap clothing bore no pattern, and yet it appeared to be striped when Lucia looked at him through the iron bars. William stood there a moment, lazily staring at his prisoners. He abs
The Night Prince - Chapter 29Chapter Twenty NineIn Which Lucia Learns Something Interesting From ThomasThe cold, hard jail cell offered little but silence. Through the iron bars, Lucia stared morosely at the wall opposite the cell. The sun, which had previously been visible through the thin slits that stood in for windows, had since arched out of view. As she guessed at the late hour, a knot formed in Lucia’s stomach. Poor John might think she had run off for good. Or, worse, Claudette might think she was lazing around idly somewhere, and would take it out on John and maybe even poor Margaret. Margaret. Was anyone tending to her? If it was up to John to take care of the mansion itself, he could not possibly have time to talk to Margaret or bring her tea or fix her blankets. Lucia thought back to John’s previous defiance of Claudette’s demands and wondered if there would be anything but fighting happening in the mansion at all.And Ju