Traitorous Hearts

This is the story of Adelina and Drustan (Drew-stan), set in Medieval England. They were friends as children, both from wealthy, noble families. But when Adelina’s family dies under mysterious circumstances- circumstances only she knows- her life is turned upside down. Her faith in Drustan is lost. Determined to get justice for her family after two years, she returns home to find that everything has changed- and Drustan is the one person that can help her. Forced together again, the two must navigate his treacherous father, the secrets of her past, and their growing feelings for each other.

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  • It’s Here…

    Well, it has been a long wait- I think it’s been longer for me than anyone- but the time has finally come to share my new project! Today I am just sharing the prologue, and a little bit of information about it, but sometime next week, the first chapter will…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter One

    Adelina opened her eyes slowly to the sound of footsteps walking loudly in front of her room. She blinked a few times, trying to gain her bearings- those footsteps had stopped in front of her room.  She slid off the bed quietly and picked up her sack. She pulled out…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Two

    Adelina breathed a sigh of relief as Edwin walked into the bedroom.  “He’s gone?” Edwin asked. “He just left.” Adelina confirmed. “But I’m afraid that he saw me in the window.”  “He would’ve come in here if he thought that it was you. He wouldn’t have let anything stand in…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Three

    Adelina shook her head as Anissa pulled out yet another dress and held it up. They had been doing this for at least an hour- an hour every day for the past week. And every time, Anissa managed to find a new dress that she firmly believed Adelina would love-…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Four

    Adelina stepped out of the carriage and took a deep breath.  “You’ve got this.” Anissa was right next to her, supporting her.  “We are right by your side. Just act natural and no one will figure it out.” Edwin whispered, leading them all into the castle.  “If I get found…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Five

    Adelina stared out the window, searching the fields for any riders coming towards the house. She hadn’t seen anyone but Edwin and Anissa in a week, but she couldn’t help watching. She knew that a week should be enough time for her to be satisfied that she was safe but…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Six

    Adelina looked up at the sky, letting the rain fall on her face, cooling her slightly. Even with the rain running down her face and neck, though, she still couldn’t get completely cool. The adrenaline running through her was keeping her from relaxing. Her entire body was rigid and she…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Seven

    Adelina looked up quickly as Edwin walked into their bedroom, preparing to run for the closet.  “There’s someone here to see you.” He said with a slightly amused smile on his face.  She raised an eyebrow- hoping that it wasn’t who she thought it was. It had been nearly a…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Eight

    Adelina hated needing to wear her cloak so tightly around her when it was so hot outside. But it was the only way to make sure that no one recognized her. She had already seen several people that she knew, or was at least acquainted with. She couldn’t take any…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Nine

    It had been three days since that first day in the market and Adelina had gone back once and talked with Claudia and Marie again. They hadn’t given her much more information, but it had been interesting to talk with them more.  It had also been a week since meeting…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Ten

    Nearly a week passed before Drustan could get away again to fully relay all of the information he had learned. Adelina had spent the entire week pacing anxiously around her room, desperate to know everything that he had heard. Soon after their conversation about Sarah, they had been able to…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Eleven

    Adelina sat up slowly, shielding her eyes from the sun. She looked around the room after a moment, letting her eyes readjust. It had been nearly a month since Sarah had started working for her, and Adelina was starting to get used to this routine. Before, she had woken up…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Twelve

    Adelina sat down. “Anissa, I need to talk to you.”  Anissa looked up from the letter that she was writing. “I’m listening.”  “And you’re going to think that I am crazy, but I can’t keep this in anymore- I need to tell someone.” “Adelina, just tell me. It’s okay.” Adelina…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Thirteen

    “I miss going out like this.” Anissa picked another flower. “I don’t get to do anything like this anymore.”  Adelina smiled. “I haven’t done it in a long time. I love that the weather is warm enough now that we can do things like this. And it’s nice having guards…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Fourteen

    Adelina backed down the hallway towards the servant’s stairs. Drustan, Edwin, and Anissa were all staring at her- Drustan and Edwin with panic and Anissa with confusion.  “Adelina, what’s wrong?” Anissa asked again, taking a step forward.  Adelina shook her head, stepping back again. “How could you?” Her voice came…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Fifteen

    The next month passed slowly and Adelina had never felt happier. Her desire for vengeance for her father seemed to pale in comparison to her love for Drustan. They had spent as much time together as possible, while still being careful not to get caught. He used the excuse that…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Sixteen

    Adelina took a deep breath and let it out slowly, trying to calm her nerves. Drustan wasn’t even here with Asher yet, and already Adelina felt like vomiting. She was about to meet her brother for the first time in two years, and she wasn’t sure that she was prepared….

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Seventeen

    Adelina looked up quickly as Bartholomew walked into the room. His face was grim, and she could tell that he was not bringing her the good news that she had hoped for.  “What happened?” She stood.  “We have a very serious problem, my lady.” He seemed hesitant, as if he…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Eighteen

    Adelina took a deep breath as Sarah walked into the room. Drustan motioned for Sarah to sit in a chair and Sarah sat down.  “I’m sure you are probably wondering what this is about.” Adelina began, folding and unfolding her hands in her lap. “I haven’t told you much about…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Nineteen

    Adelina looked over her shoulder again, unable to shake the feeling that someone was watching them.  Drustan shook his head, laughing. “You can relax, Adelina. We are well protected here, and no one is going to follow us. We already convinced my father that you are headed in the exact…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Twenty

    Adelina watched through tear filled eyes as Bartholomew’s body was lowered into the ground. It didn’t feel real. It didn’t feel as if he was truly dead. She still expected him to walk around the corner at any moment, give her a hug and ask why she was crying.  But…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Twenty-One

    Adelina couldn’t shake the dread of seeing Anissa and Edwin again as she and her entourage finally arrived back at the house. Having to explain everything to them and relive the trauma of his death all over again… she wasn’t sure that she would be able to take it. And…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Twenty-Two

    Adelina took a deep breath, wiping under her eyes and blinking a few times to clear the tears from her eyes. She needed to appear calm and collected when Drustan came up. She couldn’t have her sadness and bad mood reflecting on him. It had been nearly a week since…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Twenty-Three

    Adelina took a deep breath, tying her horse to a tree and walking slowly towards Drustan. He sat against a tree, looking straight ahead. He knew she was there but he wasn’t acknowledging her. She couldn’t really blame him for it- she had hurt him deeply. Her distrustful nature had…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Twenty-Four

    Adelina watched from behind a tree as Kingsley, Berthold, and Amos rode out of the courtyard and out onto the road. Berthold held Kingsley close against him, half covering the child with his cloak. Berthold would protect Kingsley as if he was his own- Adelina knew that much.  She breathed…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Twenty-Five

    Adelina looked up as Sarah walked into the room. There was a slightly pained look on her face.  “Are you alright?” Adelina stood, walking to the girl. “Is something wrong?”  Sarah shook her head, a slight smile growing on her lips. “No, the baby is just being a little more…

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  • Traitorous Hearts: Chapter Twenty-Six

    Adelina knocked on the door hesitantly, dreading what she would face on the other side. She had prepared herself for this over and over on the way here but she was sure that no amount of preparation would be enough in this situation. How was she supposed to tell this…

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