Number Thirteen Part 2 by Beth Stillman Blaha

Prompt:  Forbidden Places | Word Count: 1800 | Genre: Fantasy

I didn’t expect my father to help me, but I wanted to let him know I wasn’t dead.  At least not yet. Even if I was allowed to go home, there would have to be a reason why I wasn’t going to marry anyone who was surely coming around for me right this moment.  Only my stepmother and I could know that I was the true one, not the painted impostor that she had sent to his fate for her own ambition. It would be impossible to keep the marks on my back concealed throughout an entire marriage.   Continue reading