By Naomi Rich
At fourteen, Alis hasn't ever been open air her strict spiritual neighborhood. but if her mom and dad organize for her to marry a forty-year-old guy, she flees desperately to the harmful, surprising urban. She learns quick that the single approach to live to tell the tale there's to turn into a thief—or worse. dealing with an most unlikely selection among a pressured marriage or existence at the streets, Alis seizes keep watch over of her personal destiny. however the direction she chooses units off a disastrous chain of occasions that go away her accused of homicide. Steadfastly dependable, Alis needs to come to a decision: will she betray a family member or sacrifice herself?
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She and Alis spent their time in sewing, in silent reading of the Book, and in such of the domestic work as was not done by Lilith, who rebuffed all Alis’s attempts to be friendly. She had managed to avoid offending Thomas, who made a point of talking to her, but she saw that this was intended to distress his wife and knew he was not to be trusted. Not only was it a wearisome life, but Alis could not see that she was any nearer to finding her way to the city and her brother. If anything, she was worse off.
There was not a sound from the crowd. By the time he paused to refresh himself from the tankard passed up to him, the man wielding the whip was breathing heavily. Blood flecked his shaven head and mingled with the sweat running down his face and chest. The whipped man had sagged as far as the ropes binding him would allow; his back was raw meat. At some point he had turned his head so that his face was now toward where Alis stood. His lips were bloody where he had bitten them in his agony, and his eyes were shut.
Alis swallowed and said huskily, “I was there but it was too terrible. ” Her voice trembled. ” The voice was kindly, firm. “Sarah will be in no fit state to care for you, and as for Thomas—” The boy broke in angrily, “Grandmother, have a care. ” The Minister’s wife looked at him sardonically. “I am too old to guard my tongue now, Luke. And I will not be frightened into silence. Now come, let us go home. ” And so saying, she tucked Alis’s arm under her own and they made their way back toward the square.