Awake by Jessica Grey

Awake by Jessica Grey

Author:Jessica Grey [Grey, Jessica]
Language: nld
Format: epub
Tags: Teen, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult, Fairytale
ISBN: 9780985039615
Publisher: Tall House Books
Published: 2011-12-31T23:00:00+00:00

Our Queen shall watch over our sleeping princess,

The daughter shall guard the mother’s spirit.

With the last beat of our Queen’s broken heart

Comes the end of the magic arts,

No longer shall they be revered in Arraine.

“This makes no sense,” Lilia said.

“What do you mean? It makes sense now why your mother’s crown and burial stones would have been found with your bed. They obviously buried her near you, it’s a sweet sentiment, that she was watching over you, and you over her,” said Becca.

“No, not that. Our kingdom is heavily guarded by magic, the fae and the people of our land have always had good relationship. There must be hundreds of demi-fae throughout Arraine. Why would it say that magic is at an end?”

Alex shrugged. “I don’t really know. I’ve never even heard of Arraine. I looked it up online and there was literally nothing, no mention of it at all.”

“Somewhere there has to be some information. An entire country doesn’t just fall completely out of history does it?” Becca asked.

“I don’t see why not; we aren’t necessarily dealing with a normal country here,” Alex pointed out. “Time period aside—who knows what kind of records people were keeping in the 1100s; the place could have been wiped out by magic, or wiped from people’s minds by magic.”

“Do you think Briar Rose could have done that?” Becca asked Lilia.

“Destroyed my entire kingdom? Heavens, I hope not. But it really is just a hope; I have nothing to go on.”

“It doesn’t have to be Briar Rose,” Alex said thoughtfully. “What about the other three sisters? In the Disney version, isn’t it the three fairies that put everyone else in the kingdom to sleep? Maybe your three aunts had something to do with it. We’re assuming—well honestly we are assuming quite a lot, but we’re assuming it was bad magic that made Arraine disappear, but what if it was good magic?”

“That is an interesting thought,” Lilia agreed. “I wish there was some way to know.”

“I can’t think of any way to know for sure. You didn’t feel anything when you touched the stone?”

“No.” Lilia shook her head decisively. “Not even a hum.”

Alex took a few steps closer to the marble slab and ran her hand over the cool, smooth top of it.

“I don’t feel anything either. Becca, do you want to try just to make sure we’ve exhausted all magical options?”

Becca was staring off into the distance, absently twirling a strand of her dark hair, lost in thought.

“Becca?” Alex prompted again.

“Hmm? Oh. Yeah, I can try it. But I was thinking, just because you or I have never heard of Arraine doesn’t mean that no one has. I am certainly not a scholar of European history.”

“Neither am I,” Alex laughed slightly. “Do we know any European history scholars?”

“No, but we could maybe go to some of the university libraries and do some research. There’s the Historical Society here too, it’s already too late, they won’t be open until tomorrow.”

“Yeah, and there’s the little problem of them letting us into see their records.


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