TITLE: RAVEN'S WING
GENRE: YA fantasy
A teenaged girl whose birth was delegitimized by corrupt powers-that-be has just forcibly been given fake sterilization scars. She argues with one of the other rebels. Ursing is a city. An "alloyint" is a noble bastard.
Rusty sounded like he was speaking to a child. “We’ll go tomorrow. You should be feeling better by then.”
“That is very kind of you.” If I could have hung icicles on my words, I would have.
“Veldt, you know I didn't have any real choice. I had to bring you here.”
I snorted. “You lied to me.”
“This is the only way you can ever go into Ursing. A brown-eyed girl without the protection of her family is either a renegade noble or a bastard.”
I snapped back, “Yes, now I can wear a harmon-kish.” I bit my lip to keep the tears from welling up in my eyes. The garment was designed to display the scars on an alloyint woman’s belly so all would know she would never bear children.
Rusty’s voice roughened. “Don’t be a fool. It’s not like you can go back to your old life.”
“You could have warned me.”
“And would you have come willingly? Or would you have fought and drawn attention to yourself?”
“I don’t care. It’s just wrong. You shouldn’t have done this to me!”
Rusty beat his knee with a fist. “What do you think would have happened if Borgi hadn’t rescued you? You would have ended up in a house like this. Here, men have dreams of ravishing girls such as you – so they can feel, for one moment, that they are getting back at the tyrants who oppress them.”