Today is my birthday. Not that I get to celebrate. Atleast not in the normal since of the word. In this flipped upside down world we call earth after the change.
Turning 18 for me means landing on my ass in the snow. Which honestly is better than living at the orphanage. Sister Mary Catherine’s Orphanage.
It’s where you go if your family can’t take care of you or you don’t have one.
I don’t have one. I was dumped on the door steps as a baby. The only thing that let’s me know I had a family is this signet ring.
I had to break into the room of records at Sister Mary Catherine’s to even get it. Thankfully, I didn’t get caught. Punishment at the orphanage isn’t just sitting out of recess.
So now I have two choices, look for work or go to jail. All humans must work. You have to prove you have a job by the identification card you are required to keep on you at all times. If not that also can land you in jail.
Luckily, I’m no stranger to being caged. I’ve been able to get myself in and out of any lock since I was five.
I need to find a job but damn it’s cold and when you get booted from sister Mary Catherine’s your damn fortunate if you can make it out with shoes on your feet.
Once when I was on the run from Sisters cruelty, I ran into a store. There was a nice lady there who noticed I didn’t have shoes. She bought me some.
They were nice pretty shoes but Sister Mary Catherine ripped them off my feet as soon as I stepped back into the orphanage.
Most kids there die of either pneumonia or severe lack of medical attention. I did the best I could by them.
I know there is a cabin up the mountain a bit. It’s abandoned. Been that way as long as I can remember. I think that would make good place to stay. It doesn’t have electricity or nothing. But it will do for me.
There’s a spring just a few yards off from it for water. And it still has the hearth. So I think I can get by. When I would run away with my brothers that’s where I would go. They weren’t my real brothers but we sort of adopted each other.
Hell, if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t even have a name. Not that it’s even a real name but it’s special because they gave it to me.
Sometimes when we would hide out from the wrath of the Sisters. We would go to the library. The librarian was really nice. She would hide us under the counter. She also taught us how to read and write. Because, if you were not one of the Sisters picks you did get to attend any classes.
So we learned to read at the library and they said because of my ring. I must be a princess. Like Snow White or sleeping beauty. So they wanted me to have a name fitting a princess. Ms. Clark the librarian, found some books with all kinds of names in it and they picked Arianna.
They liked to view themselves as Knights like the Knights of the round table so we took the last name Knight. Not even sure if it’s legal, the orphanage just gives you numbers. I like Arianna, much better.
I’m gonna need some food up on the side of that mountain. I learned how to hunt. Sometimes we hid out in the hunting lodge so between them and the butcher in town I know how to hunt and butcher.
Ole lady Jones always had a garden so I know a thing or two about that as well. I had more hiding spots in the New Capitol of the Americas than Billy the kid had in the wild west. If there ever was such a thing after so long fact and fiction just kind of blend together.
I’ll stop by Mr Earls book and tea shoppe , he will give me enough food and supplies to get by for a day or two and I can borrow a book.
There is one that catches my eye. I never noticed until last week. It’s BIG and worn. The pages look old and faded but it’s the title.
‘The lost magick of ancient Egypt’ I don’t know it just pulls to me like two magnets.
I have to be careful though if anyone knew Mr. Earl helped me it could land him in big trouble. You can’t help people. It’s the crazy new laws of the Vampire Empire.
Yea that sounds cheesy as hell, but I didn’t think of it.
Each content has a Vampire king or queen or both.
North and south America are now one country. Our King is Devon Johnson. Also known as the Puppet Master. Not sure why, think it may have something to do with before he became king.
In the world of vampires he’s a baby only a few hundred years old. That causes him problems with the other courts. Especially the Imperial Court of Vampires. They are old and do things the old way. They don’t like his changes. But I guess it’s all in who wins the war is who gets the throne.
Mr. Earl smiled and gave me a wink when I slipped through the backdoor of his shoppe. I love his shoppe it’s warm and cozy nothing fancy. If you go in the back your in the tea room. Along the back wall is a counter with cookies and pastries and such. Along with the register. Behind that is all the contraptions for making teas and coffee.
There are a couple of round tables with chairs and nice tablecloths. There is also a warm fireplace along the opposite wall to the counter. It’s the closest I can imagine home to feel like.
Then there’s the book room where he sells the books and a stairway. Up stairs is storage and a mattress, sometimes I risk sleeping there. But I can’t tonight. They will be looking for that.
He nodded for me to go over to the table closest to the fireplace. There was a package wrapped in plain brown packaging. But the note attacked said, “happy birthday princess”. Yea my brothers gave me a name but Princess is what I get stuck with at least by the few who are close to me.
Inside was packages of teas and coffee. Along with some fruit and pastries. Also a couple of books. The antiques. I love old books.
I sit down and Mr.Earl brings me a peppermint swirl coffee. My favorite.
"Stay long enough to thaw out will ya?"
I sip my coffee and give a slight nod. Mr. Earl, makes you think of Santa, from those old postcards and books.
“But I can’t stay any longer.”