Before he spoke, before he gave Janna her sentence, Kain called Natasha up. Janna assumed that this was so that they could discuss some form of law, as Natasha knew more about the exact laws of the Kingdom than anyone else in the room.
Then, Natasha sat down.
“You are sentenced to two years, with a potential for coarctatio in…”
Kain looked at Natasha, as if searching for answers. Natasha just shook her head, as if to say there was nothing she could do.
Kain’s eyebrows furrowed, and he said, “Eight months.”
Janna’s eyes widened. Eight months? She could be out, highly constricted, but free for the birth of her child.
She stood and bowed, then exited, followed by Drake, then Chance, then Chloe and Natasha.
Outside Janna leaned back and stared into the sky. Maybe all this wouldn’t be so bad. As she pulled her arm up to block out the sun, someone grabbed it.
“You are quite aware that this coarctatio is only to apply if you are absolutely clean of action during your incarceration.” Natasha stated.
She was handling Janna with force, locking her arms together. Janna turned, looking over her shoulder. She could see Drake being shackled by Alice. They were lead to the hotel-like prison. Janna continued to stare up at the sky as she walked, looking and feeling utterly condemned, relying solely on Natasha to guide her through the city.
“Is there hope of mourning?”
Natasha almost stopped moving, “No.”
It was an unusual phrase, but it had a very specific meaning. Their oldest sister, Jealousy had said it one day, when she was seven or eight, or possibly even as old as eleven. She had blinked, and suddenly looked somehow more mature, and then she said it.
“There is hope of mourning.”
No one else had been there, but two years later, on the exact date that this subtle but meaningful event had occurred, Jealousy blinked again, and looked somehow younger. This was moments after their mother had died, of natural causes.
Janna shook her head. She wasn’t going to think on the details of how her father had gone through to revive and stabilize Gwenhime, not now. Since then, it had become an ill omen, whenever Jealousy said those words. Usually of death, but occasionally of something far more sublime.
Natasha lead Janna into her room, and removed the cuffs. She stood on the threshold.
“Avoid confrontation in the coming months. Report to a guard if anything happens. I know this may be the hardest thing you’ve ever done,” Janna noticed that her sister was being entirely sincere, “But for the sake of yourself and your child, you must be entirely passive.”
Janna grabbed her sister’s hands and stared into her eyes. Natasha simply raised an eyebrow. They stared at each other for many moments, and then Janna fell into her sister. Janna did not shed a tear, but simply embraced Natasha. After a moment, Natasha returned the gesture.
“You have a couple of sixths to rest before the ceremony,” Natasha said in hushed tones.
She did not lock the door from the outside, and as she exited, Alice strode in. Again she was dragging Drake behind her as though she had forgotten about his existence.
Janna ran to the bed, stripped and leapt in. Drake rubbed his wrists, and followed, standing at the edge of the bed.
Alice became very bashful, and ran out the door, locking it from inside. They were not locked in, it was not yet time. The rest of the world was locked out.
Well, Evidence is finally over. It seems not a lot of people followed the series, but to be honest don’t think it was that great. But! This is but the first draft. With most works of fiction, the first draft is awful, and so it is here.
That’s it. There may be a part two, but far in the future. It will start, of course, with Janna’s ceremony, and end with Janna choosing to continue her search for Zealott a few years later, in the company of her daughter and Drake.
The second draft will likely be released in three 6000 word parts.
P.S. Check out the Table of Contents for more.