'The Hither and Nigh Carnival'
by R. Moses
All rights reserved. Copyright © 2013 by R. Moses
This is a work of fiction, and all names, characters, places, and incidents either are the products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales, organizations, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
Mud and blood filled Kara's mouth.
Kara tucked her knees under and pushed up. She spit out the salty muck coating her teeth and tongue.
Anna's mocking laughter washed over her. She said, “You have been spurned, dear sister.”
Kara did not respond. Carefully she found her footing in the slimy earth. She stood up and backed away from her half-sister. Her teeth and jaw were throbbing from where Anna had just hit her. But Kara could not hit back or she would be a fugitive, running from the King's Law.
Anna gave her a mean, little smile. She was dressed in green hunting leathers and metal-tipped boots. She was much taller than Kara, even though she was younger. “Nothing to say?”
It took every last bit of Kara's self-control to not rush her half-sister or retort back. Anna was their mutual father's heir, a young noble, and enjoyed the full rights and protection that station afforded. If any commoner, sister or no, hurt her they were fair game for the King's Law.