I'm well below the max word count so are there places that need more details? Places that are confusing? Does it sound like a stupid story? I really don't like the last line but can't figure out how to end it. I'm not sure if the first paragraph should stay or if I should just start with the second. How's that for some insecurities? Hmmm, maybe I should have posted this on the first Wednesday of the month.
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I don't actually have a title yet but here it goes.
Seventeen year old Raisa has had only one goal in life; stay alive. Now that the twenty year war over her country has ended, her goal might be achievable. She also might be able to eat on a regular basis, which is life goal number two. All in all her prospects for a long and happy life look good. Until the soldiers come for her.
Annexed by the winner, her small country doesn’t exist anymore. But the history and bloodline of the people do. And it’s that bloodline the king wants. To breed an heir of both nations the king chooses Raisa to marry his son, Sergei. As the future queen Raisa will be fed, clothed and taught. All she must do is leave her family and home, travel to the capital and marry a stranger. Something she is willing to do if it will bring peace to her over burdened people and food to their empty tables.
At the palace she finds a new life, one she’s never dreamed existed, pretty clothes, as much food as she can eat, a handsome prince, not to mention butter. She also finds people are judged not by what they do, but by who they were born, and she was born a no one. Her bloodline is her only redeeming quality which doesn’t leave her much of a future once an heir is born.
But there’s one thing Raisa inadvertently brought from her country home; Rusalka, who is known for mesmerizing men. Demanding their worship she ensnares them in a spell until they drown themselves trying to reach her, and she is after Sergei. Now, Raisa must figure out how to reclaim her bewitched husband-to-be, in-between learning about her duties as a princess, preparing for her official engagement, and trying to bring together a country that has been too long at war, that is. If she can’t break the spell then Sergei will drown, and with no heir, the country will erupt into civil war.
Skipping out of her own betrothal ceremony she confronts Rusalka. Raisa breaks the spell over Sergei with a kiss but Rusalka escapes. She doesn’t go far, and she isn’t giving up Sergei without a fight. Sergei and Raisa search out Rusalka’s weakness. As a water elemental she can leave the river, but only if her hair stays wet. They plan to lure her out of the water and keep her there until she evaporates. Their plans are ruined when word comes of the mysterious happenings up and down the river bank; men, drowning themselves for no reason, women telling tales of husbands that are bewitched. It can only be Rusalka. She is coming for Sergei, and she is destroying everything in her way.
Seeing it as an attack by a neighboring kingdom the king prepares for a war the country it too weak to win. Sergei and Raisa must confront Rusalka quickly or watch their country ruin itself. As the only heir Sergei is never without body guards. Neither is the mother of the future heir, Raisa. But they can’t let anyone else suffer for them. They sneak out of the palace at night and find Rusalka waiting at the river. They lure her from the water and distract her from noticing her drying hair. When the sun comes up Rusalka evaporates. Finally free of her pull Sergei and Raisa are left to bring peace to their country, and find happiness with each other.
And if anyone actually made it through that here is a link to a hilarious video about a day in the life of a writer. So. Funny.