Against Her Wishes
"You should be grateful for this opportunity, Charlotte. That's another thing you'll learn some day." She said, and I knew she meant to end the conversation on that note. I no longer wanted to be in her presence anyways, but my legs refused to carry me away from the woman I used to admire. My mother was my rock, the one I could count on to stick up for me in any way possible. We struggled through everything together. Now, I could hardly look at her without scowling.
"Thank you, Mother, for accepting the opportunity to sign away my life. I'm sure I'll be grateful someday, if I haven't already killed myself." I said, then quickly turned on my heel and stormed out of the room. I could hardly see through the blind rage that clouded my vision, but I managed to get into my room, lock the door, and throw myself face first onto my still unmade bed.
Letting out the sob I'd been holding in, my body violently shook as I cried for the first time since my father had died. Never have I felt there to be a reason to feel so weak, until now. Knowing that my fate was sealed to a man whom I've never met made my stomach throb and throat constrict painfully. In the end, this was be the only thing my mother ever raised me for after all. And that revelation was the hardest part to swallow.
February 27, 1845
After attending the illustrious Woodvale ball, Charlotte is given devastating and life altering news that changes her own predetermined path forever. Except, this decision doesn't come without its consequences. Follow a young woman as she struggles to grow close to someone she feels she shouldn't have affection towards, whilst also learning to love herself in return. Yet, tragedy and incredible heartbreak still lurk in the depths of Charlotte's uncertain future...
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