He moves closer to the line of ten men. With a dark smirk, he winks, and the men drop to the ground, screams of agony ripping from their throats as they start convulsing. Black liquid oozes from their mouths, eyes and ears as they start gurgling, their screams being silenced as they drown internally.
You’ve been getting sidetracked an awful lot these last few days, Anne commented.Mary held out her hands. Calm down. Give me the dress before you mess it up.
I’m sorry, Lucy said. Just let me take it now, and I’ll get it done.What’s going on with you? Anne demanded. You’ve been acting so funny.Lucy looked up at her, eyes frozen. Whatever her secret was, she looked terrified to share it.
They whipped their heads in my direction, all curtsying in turn.I don’t know what’s going on, I said as I walked toward them, but I highly doubt the queen’s maids argue like that. Besides, we’re wasting time if there’s work to be done.
Anne, still angry, pointed her finger at Lucy. But she—
I silenced her with a small gesture of my hand, a bit surprised that it worked so easily.An idea I’ve been experimenting with. I’ve been reading about some of the poorer provinces. One of their bigger issues is housing right now.
Because of the manufacturing boom?Yeah. He continued to sketch, making practically perfect straight lines.
Dad did what he could to encourage more industrial growth in some of the primarily agricultural provinces. It was good for everyone if things could be processed where they were grown. But as that took off, more and more people moved to be closer to those areas, meaning not everyone had adequate housing.I know a little bit about how much it costs to get supplies, and I figured out that it’d be possible to build these smaller huts, basically like family cubicles, fairly inexpensively. I’ve been playing with the idea over the last few weeks. If there was someone I could get the design to, they might be able to implement it.