Title: HAPPILY EVER AFTER
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Word Count: 97,000.
Hogwarts House: Lavie would be sorted into Gryffindor because she's strong, brave, and always loyal to her friend
The Usurper's surrender should mean peace, but asexual swordswoman Lavie battles PTSD and can’t adjust to noble life. When assassins attack, she must discover who wants to undermine the new reign or watch it crumble.
Today, I kill a man. Today, I take back my home. Today, everything ends.
The sea-warped gate in the bailey opens with a squeal, dusting me in flakes of rust. I cringe, hoping the keening seagulls cover the screech. Salt in the wind mixes with the scent of blood as I slip into the narrow space between the inner and outer wall, then signal my team to follow me.
I start at the sound of my name, and curse under my breath. One of my soldiers points past me to a dim entranceway. Footsteps echo from the stairs ahead.
“Sir,” I correct the man as I draw my sword. “Wait here.”
I press my back against the wall by the steps. The footsteps grow louder, and my fingers twitch on my hilt. As the figure emerges, I drive my sword into his gut.
Our eyes meet in the gloom and I taste bile in the back of my throat. He’s not a soldier, just a runner. He’s also barely more than a boy. His pale hands clutch at his stomach, as if trying to push the blood back, a gurgling cry spilling from his lips. I give him mercy and put my sword through his heart. He doesn’t even make a sigh as he falls, eyes glassy, to the ground.
I choke down fury. Another life destroyed by the Usurper. There’s no time to mourn or rage, and all we can do with the body is lay it out the way by the sea-gate.