My Ranking Points
I sat on my bed, staring at the exquisite gown in front of me. It was sky-blue, to match my eyes, and had small waves on the bottom to represent the Water Kingdom. I started as a mini whirlwind flew into the room, but relaxed again when l recognised my little sister. “Lizzy!” I laughed as she jumped onto my lap. She squealed as I tickled her, but l stopped abruptly as her nurse came into the room. Lizzy playfully sent a lick of fire at her, and the nurse immediately blocked it with a wall of water. I felt a pang of hurt at not being able to share this with them, with intensified as the nurse looked at me with pity in her eyes. I hated being the sad one, the crippled one, the poor princess. Even the poorest servant and the youngest baby could manipulate an element – and l had to hide my… disability, For the sake of the kingdom – who would ever want a powerless princess?
Who would ever want me?
I lifted up my baby sister, up from the dirt and filth from the slums of the city. Giving up on holding her, I flew up and started in the direction of home. I had to arrive soon anyway – my job letter was coming that day, just like every other fourteen-year-old in the city.
I got home quickly and started singing as l waited. My voice filled our narrow alleyway and soared over the rooftops, the air lifting it up and taking it far away. I heard the plop of a letter through the old rusted letterbox, and ran over – to find two letters. The first had the royal crest on it:
Dear Anya Carpenter,
You have been selected to work as handmaiden to the princess Evelyn Kolder. I hope you will do your job well.
It didn’t need to add “or else”. Everyone knew that if you failed your assigned jobs, there were no second chances – you would be executed.
My heart started to beat faster at the next letter:
“To Agent Air,
You will work in the palace. You will work for us, secretly. Not for the kings. We need you. You will gain the trust of the monarchy.
And you will bring them down.”
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