TITLE: In Due Time
GENRE: YA Fantasy
She had never been good at telling time. Now, as an invisible layer of moisture began to settle on the cool stone that surrounded her, she knew that the twilight of morning was upon her. The stone wall she leaned against was cold and she had long ago lost sensation in her fingertips and feet, but she lacked the strength to sit up on without its support.
Her name was Anabelle, and she was to be hanged at sunrise for theft from the House of Lord Abbott, along with other common criminals with whom she had shared a dismal existence for nearly twelve full days. For most of it, she had been exactly where she was now—hidden in her corner, trying to blend in with the stone until her execution. Her cocoa-colored hair faded into the dark, but her dress of light earth tones and creams stood out along with a pale arm, which was wrapped tightly around her knees in an effort to keep warm. Her other arm was tucked against her chest, clutching something against her breast, just above her heart.
The holding room was currently occupied by six prisoners, but soon there would be none. Anabelle didn't feel that she belonged in a class with any of them—she was innocent. The man who had been stealing on the streets all his life had finally gotten what had only been put off with warnings because of his family. Now he would hang and they would starve.