Empire State Party

Later that afternoon, Julian called a family meeting in the library.  As soon as the last two people trickled in — he couldn’t help but notice Mark and Christina were holding hands — he clapped his hands together enthusiastically.  “How does everyone feel about a trip to New York?” Diana perked up and came out […]

Finding a Family 

The Institute’s doorbell rang loud and clear; they could feel the vibrations throughout. The Blackthorns hadn’t been expecting anyone, so naturally everyone dropped what they were doing and crowded the foyer.   Diana was about to open the door when Tavvy bolted in front of her. “I’ll get it!” he said, leaping for the ornate […]

An Eighteenth Century April Fool’s Day 

Being married to John was different, to say the least.  We had friendship, but even that seemed to be strained under the circumstances.  I just couldn’t believe that Jamie was dead.  It wasn’t that I was in denial; I didn’t know what to think. The morning was bright, sunlight streaming in through the bedroom windows […]

Engagement Party Serenade

Everyone was seated in the ballroom and enjoying dinner at Simon and Isabelle’s engagement party.  Of course, this was the perfect time for Izzy to make her entrance.  She discreetly joined Simon at his table and nodded across the room at Clary.  She was ready. “Ahem,” Izzy cleared her throat.  “I’d like to make a […]

AC: Chapter 2

As the days dragged on into weeks, Mary’s parents began to worry. She was still unconscious, and her stubborn fever would not break. No matter how many cold cloths Sarah placed on her daughter’s forehead, Mary still burned up like a wildfire. Numerous doctors examined her, but they couldn’t find anything wrong. The family was […]