May 01, 2021

Fiction

Ivy bustled around her room, tidying up the already spotless room. She and Charlie had an important job tonight, maybe not as important as the decoys but important nonetheless. The fact that there had never been a mission like this where their failure or success could have such a large impact had not escaped her notice. At the moment, she was leaning against a small decorative table that held an elegant little flower vase. Her busy hands rearranged the flowers absently as she mused to herself. 

Someone coughed and she turned, expecting to see Brooke or Luke standing in her doorway. Instead, she found Charlie leaning casually against her door frame, eyeing her thoughtfully. “Hey, want some company?”

“Sure.” Ivy gave him a weak smile before going back to fiddling with the flowers beside her, watching him surreptitiously from the corner of her eyes. 

He padded to her side, leaning on the little table she had stationed herself at and gazing around the immaculate room for a moment. “Nervous?”

“A little,” Ivy admitted, “aren’t you?”

Charlie chuckled. “Of course.”

In the silence that stretched between them, Ivy continued to mess with the flowers that were starting to show signs of her abuse. Glancing over, Charlie caught her wrists gently, pulling them away from the plant. “Hey, hey, don’t torture the plant, what did it ever do to you?”

Ivy exhaled heavily, “Yeah, I know, I know, sorry.” 

Charlie sighed, looking weary and far too old for his twenty-one years as he pulled her closer to him. He didn’t bring her into an embrace, leaving their arms swinging between them, twining his fingers with hers slowly. “It’s not your fault, it’s mine. I could’ve left you asleep in your bed last night instead of dragging you along. It wasn’t fair of me to snatch you away from the safety of the Shadow Sworn.”

Ivy’s eyes darted to his in surprise. “If you think being a Shadow was safe, I’m going to have to question your lieutenant’s assignments. Besides, we both know it started before that. I would’ve been furious if you had left me behind, you know I wouldn’t have let you get away that easily. I mean we worked together for three years, if you hadn’t chosen me to be your apprentice, I wouldn’t be here. It started there.”

“If you want to go back that far, none of this would have happened if we hadn’t met at the library . . .”

“It’s the book’s fault,” she declared, feeling the corners of her mouth twitch up in amusement. “If it hadn’t fallen off the shelf, we wouldn’t be here. It changed our lives.”

“Yes definitely,” Charlie agreed and a sly smile stole across his face as he leaned his forehead against hers gently. Their breaths tangled together in the air between them, making their loose position seem all the more intimate. “It’s all because of that darned book.”

“I’m so grateful for that day,” Ivy admitted softly, “I think about it a lot, and I know I wouldn’t want it any other way.” 

“Why?” 

“There is not much I wouldn’t give to be with you,” she said simply. “If risking my life is what it takes to be with you, not to mention being I on the right side of history, then I’m willing to give my life freely.”

“You have always been the better one of us,” he murmured. “I can’t imagine a world without you. I—” 

She cut him off before he could continue, “So it’s a good thing we met that day in the library.”

Charlie smiled wearily. “I guess it was. But you know I still wish you didn’t have to be in harm’s way like this.” 

“Who knows? Maybe after this, I’ll have a role as a healer.” Ivy looked wistful and he knew that helping those who couldn’t help themselves drew her gentle nature and ready patience like metal to a magnet. Sometimes he wondered how recruiters had chosen this peaceful, honest, kind young woman to be an assassin for the crown. 

“After this, we’ll find a way for you to employ your medical skills to help the Dragons,” he promised, kissing her forehead briskly before pulling away reluctantly. He let one of her hands drop back to her side, squeezing the other reassuringly. “We should get ready to leave.” 

She nodded. “Meet outside the manor half an hour before dusk?”

“See you then.” Charlie smiled charmingly, bowing slightly to bring her hand to his lips in a soft kiss. 

She giggled at the old-fashioned gesture, shoving him away lightly. “Save it for the coronation, your highness.”

“Who’s to say it won’t be yours, princess?” He teased with a laugh. 

“Go already,” Ivy scolded, giving him another gentle shove. 

“Yes, of course, please accept my apologies, my princess.” He bowed his way out, a cheeky grin fixed upon his face. 

“Yeah, bye!” She shook her head disapprovingly as she closed the door behind him, trying to hide her amusement. 

“I know you’re laughing back there,” Charlie called through the door. 

“Don’t be creepy, go away!”

She heard his chuckles recede as he retreated down the hall toward his room. Ivy shook her head again. “Boys . . .”

~*~

When she met Charlie again outside Megan Sutherland’s beautiful manor, they were both clad in the dark Shadow uniform they’d worn the night before, freshly laundered. Both of them were also equipped with powerful compound bows and twin swords along with their wands. The only people there to send them off were Lady Brooke and Lord Adrien. The rest of the Dragons and former Shadows were still preparing for their part of the mission. 

Despite their brief acquaintance, Brooke hugged them both fiercely, saying, “Take care of each other and good luck.”

Adrien shook both of their hands firmly and said, “Thank you both for your help, best of luck tonight.” 

They returned the gesture in kind before pulling away and peering out at the city of Dunaire spread out below them. The twinkling lights of many lanterns shone cheerfully against the darkness as the city’s inhabitants prepared for the night, all unaware of the important event that was about to take place. Ivy interlaced her fingers with Charlie’s. “Are you ready?” 

“Are you?”

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114 comments

16:31 May 28, 2021

Lily? How are you doing?

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Livia R
04:12 May 29, 2021

Okay, why what's up and omg you're inactive?!

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16:00 Jun 02, 2021

I'm just asking...you know to make sure you're good :) Love the new name and pfp <3 and yeah. I was for like a month. Then I was gonna come back today but um. bio. ¿😐?

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Livia R
22:01 Jun 02, 2021

Yeah, I was weird-ish. I'm fine now. Yeah idk what my bio is, my brain exploded and it wasn't pretty. I also needed something to put on my bio not just blankness so :D Glad you're back!

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16:10 Jun 03, 2021

That's great to hear! Hm lol. I just threw in a poem and my blog lolol. Maybe your pronouns and like....stuff you like? Your zodiac????????? Hehe :D

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Livia R
17:48 Jun 03, 2021

Lol, yeah that's a good idea thanks!!

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Lillian? Did you leave or are you inactive? Please don't take this off, it's beautiful.

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Livia R
21:18 May 23, 2021

I didn't, dw

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Also, I hope my breath wasn't stinky XD

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Livia R
18:35 May 01, 2021

HAHAHAHA, yes I suppose that is one thing to consider

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XDDDD oof hope it smelled like... well, nice. maybe roses or minty. #Crest

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Livia R
17:28 May 02, 2021

Hahaha sounds niceeeee

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share my email on the skribbls doc. see if that works.

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Livia R
17:27 May 02, 2021

I tried, it said I can't because of the school district thing

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https://www.notebookcast.com/en/board/86fe6tpeb32b maybe we could use this. ;)

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Livia R
14:51 May 03, 2021

What is that?

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😮🤯🥰😍🤗🤩 THIS IS AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love, love, love it! Ahhh, he's so romantic. Wait, I'm an ASSASSIN? Gosh, he's right- I am too honest and gentle for an assassin XD. Gaahhhhh I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT STORYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! <3333 Thanks for this story, you're the BEST, Lily! <3333

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Livia R
18:34 May 01, 2021

Hehehehe, maybe not the best but thank you so muchhhhh ;pppp

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Nah, your right, not the best- THE BEST! in all caps. :DDDD <3

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Livia R
17:28 May 02, 2021

Lol tysmmmmmmm

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17:12 May 01, 2021

ooh very well written lily :)

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Livia R
17:39 May 01, 2021

thxxxx hehehe

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17:46 May 01, 2021

:)) I would say more but not feeling it rn

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Livia R
18:34 May 01, 2021

Awww what happened??

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21:23 May 01, 2021

a lot happened

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Livia R
17:27 May 02, 2021

Wanna talk about it?

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04:47 May 01, 2021

This is hot lol- I NEED A LOVE ITErESt aHhHhHh

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Livia R
17:39 May 01, 2021

Hehe thanks, I'll see what I can do ;)

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18:23 May 01, 2021

;D

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Livia R
04:15 May 01, 2021

Ooookay, soooooooo... I released this just nowand it stars Ivy Carter and Charlie Alden, featuring brief mentions of Brooke and Adrien. I'm satisfied with it's current form but there's a possibility that it will be edited over the weekend so be sure to check back on Monday. Before you do though, check out the authors featured in this story: Ivy: https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/author/carter/ Brooke: https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/author/brooke-d-inactive-for-a-month-ish/ Best, Lily

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19:15 Jun 16, 2021

Hey lily (still gonna call you that)! It's been a while, how have you been?

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13:37 Jun 03, 2021

🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡

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Livia R
15:26 Jun 03, 2021

:DDDD

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20:13 Jun 03, 2021

so how have you been?

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19:42 May 13, 2021

Congrats on getting your vaccine! :D

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Livia R
23:26 May 13, 2021

Thanks, Brooke!!!

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23:35 May 13, 2021

No problem!!

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20:08 May 10, 2021

Eep I'll read 10 and 11 sooooooooooon!!!!!!!

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Livia R
20:28 May 10, 2021

Hehehe, I hope you like themmmm

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22:30 May 10, 2021

i'm sure i will! I might have to read 9 again to refresh my memory tho.... oops

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Livia R
00:05 May 11, 2021

Haha, no problem, take as long as you need ;))))

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19:43 May 12, 2021

hahaha shanks

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aklfjcnasicuac lolololl eheheheh does Adrien know about my death yet? also IS HE CHEATIN ON ME AIHDCNIAUCHONAUCHJABJn SHE BETTER GIT AWAY FORM M MAN OR IMA HAUNT HER lol flint's gonna be maddddd XD amazing story!!

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Livia R
03:04 May 04, 2021

AHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA IVY HAS A BOYFRIEND ALREADY, MISS OVERPROTECTIVE!!!

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KIAHBAXUHAC IM TALKING ABOUT BROOKE SHE BETTER STAY AWAY FROM MY MAN AIUHDXOA*&NUIIINJC HE IS MINE AND MINE ONLY I MAY BE DEAD BUT SHE CANT STEAL HIM AIHDNXAUGHJN

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Livia R
14:44 May 04, 2021

Oh, I never thought of that hmm...

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XD NO DONT U DARE HE IS MINE IAJHDNIAXUA I NEED TO SEE HIM ~DEVASTATED~ BY MY DEATH AOIXJAOIMDXAX UR KILLING ME SMOLS

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Livia R
15:10 May 04, 2021

*too busy thinking*

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Hey! Part 13 of the Adapters is out and you're featured! Go check it out! (please read previous parts first)

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Livia R
23:48 May 03, 2021

Mkkkkk :DDD

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Samantha Langley
17:20 May 03, 2021

Hi

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Livia R
23:07 May 03, 2021

Hi

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Samantha Langley
14:48 May 04, 2021

Hi

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Livia R
15:10 May 04, 2021

Hi

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Samantha Langley
15:23 May 04, 2021

Hello

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Livia R
15:23 May 04, 2021

Greetings

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https://www.notebookcast.com/en/board/86fe6tpeb32b#

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22:37 May 01, 2021

ze romance ;) you're super good at writing it too :D GRATE 🧀🧀🧀 job!!! :D ~ Amethyst

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Livia R
17:27 May 02, 2021

Hehehe thxxxx

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20:01 May 02, 2021

np :> love your pfp :D

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Livia R
20:21 May 02, 2021

🥰 tysmmm

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20:24 May 02, 2021

np :) hru?

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Livia R
23:21 May 02, 2021

I'm good, not really doing much, hbu?

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