Alis by Naomi Rich

By Naomi Rich

At fourteen, Alis hasn't ever been open air her strict non secular neighborhood. but if her mom and dad manage for her to marry a forty-year-old guy, she flees desperately to the harmful, strange urban. She learns speedy that the one strategy to live to tell the tale there's to develop into a thief—or worse. dealing with an most unlikely selection among a pressured marriage or lifestyles at the streets, Alis seizes keep an eye on of her personal destiny. however the course she chooses units off a disastrous chain of occasions that depart her accused of homicide. Steadfastly dependable, Alis needs to make a decision: will she betray a family member or sacrifice herself?

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This morning she had not touched her food. “I know, Thomas, how hard you have worked and that . . that the man Samuel deserves his punishment, but can you not say I am ill? I was not brought up to this severity as you were. ” Thomas’s fingers whitened around the tankard he was holding. ” Sarah’s eyes filled with tears. “Please, Thomas. It will be of no credit to you if I faint. Better that you should say that I am sick. ” Thomas’s expression grew darker still. “Sick! People will think that you would have the man excused and left to his filthy ways.

For a long moment he held Alis in his stare. She could not wrench her gaze from his face. At last his expression changed, the familiar sneer lifting his lip. “You need have no fear, my dear Alis. I have no authority to punish you. ” She was trembling. “Forgive me, Master Thomas. ” She could think of nothing to tell him but the truth, though surely it would serve only to reignite his wrath. “I . . I wondered if . . ” She did not dare complete what she had intended to say. What folly it seemed now.

But you must be certain. For if you faint and cry and I must tend to you, you will be a sore trouble and we have trouble enough. And remember this: the man may die when you alone are with him. ” Alis nodded. Elizabeth’s forehead creased in a troubled frown. “Master Thomas will not like it. He has been a prime mover in this terrible matter, and you are a guest in his house, also.

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