Discussing Punished ~ Ch. 26

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Now on to Kira Saito’s Punished.

Ch. 26 Come to Me Oil

Arelia awoke with her Grand-mere already gone and Sabrina rambling in her sleep about a honeymoon with Lucus. Arelia took a moment to ponder on her time with Lucus when she had been trapped in the past by Louis. Then she took a spiritual bath before heading downstairs. Henri greeted her in the kitchen and informed her that Bea and Mae were having a chat. Arelia was ecstatic that they were finally communicating. Arelia grabbed her breakfast and headed to the garden where she was stopped by Ivan.

“So how was it on the other side? Who did you see?”

Arelia huffed about there being no “other side”. She wanted Ivan to leave, but he just kept following her deeper into the garden.

“I just want to know what you saw, why can’t you tell me?…”

OF COURSE he wants to know – he’s the one that sent her there!!

Arelia agreed to tell him if he left her alone. She spoke of seeing a man that was fiercely in love, was kind, and hardworking. Aunt Mae interrupted then and sent Ivan away to change. Arelia confessed to Mae that she had no idea how to find Louis. Mae recommended Come to Me oil. The oil would make Louis want to kiss her, and he’d be willing to answer all Arelia’s questions just to get that kiss. Arelia had a quick thought of using it on Lucus, and Mae told her that wasn’t necessary. Mae left Arelia to get the supplies. It was Mr. Dumpty’s birthday, and there was to be a party for him. Mae returned and told Arelia to wear the oil to the party. Arelia questioned whether it would all work. Mae told her to have faith and reminded Arelia that her thoughts were her most powerful weapon.

I feel certain that we’re about to discover that Ivan is indeed Louis!! I’m extremely curious to see how this whole thing with Louis/Ivan plays out!!

Remeber to be thinking of another book you’d like us to read & discuss together. If I pick your book and you participate in the discussions, then I’ll have a little prize for ya.

Happy Reading,
Alison

Discussing Punished ~ Ch. 25

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Ch 25 Re-birth

Arelia could hear someone calling her name. She awoke to Grand-mere Bea, Aunt Mae, Henri, Sabrina, Lucus and Tony. Arelia had been out 3 WHOLE DAYS!! She found herself staring at Lucus wishing he’d remember the kiss somehow. Mae had called Bea, and that’s why she was present. Grand-mere Bea asked for a moment of privacy with Arelia to inform her that they were leaving.

“Grand-mere, I’m tired of running…”

Bea understood why Arelia felt she needed to stay, but Bea still wasn’t happy about it. Arelia told her Grand-mere that it was time to forgive her sister, and then Arelia told Bea all about what had happened during her trip to the past. She didn’t, however, share her kiss with Lucus, but she told Bea how different he had been – how alive.

“…He needs someone like you.”

Arelia was surprised that her Grand-mere approved, but Bea told her how Lucus had been pacing outside her door for the past three days.

“I think I’m falling in love with him, and I don’t know how to tell Sabrina,”…

WOW!! I am SHOCKED! FINALLY!!!

Grand-mere Bea stressed to Arelia that she really needed to fess up to Sabrina. Then, Sabrina herself interrupts – impatient to talk to Arelia. Sabrina asked what happened, and Arelia told her she was fine and distracted Sabrina – as per usual. Then Arelia let Sabrina gush over Lucus a while. I had hoped Arelia was ready to finally speak up about Lucus!
That night Arelia and Sabrina both fell asleep in Grand-mere Bea’s arms.

So….I’m aggravated that Arelia didn’t go ahead and fess up to Sabrina. BUT, I think she is finally about to. I hope I’m not mistaken. I don’t know how much more of that crap I can take! Oh, and I’m certain she’ll discover that Ivan is Louis. I wonder how Arelia will react to that?

Happy Reading,
Alison

Discussing Punished Ch. 23 Beautiful Spirit

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Ch. 23 Beautiful Spirit

After regaining her composure Arelia noticed the big house was all lit up. A ball was taking place. Voices floated from the front porch. Arelia wondered if Lucus was in attendance. She also wondered how he’d take her in her present state – covered in mud and blood.

“You don’t have time, Arelia. Come here,”…

Brise tried to hurry Arelia along. She told him about keeping her previous promise to him; she had told Erzulie about him.

“Thank you, Arelia LaRue,…She thinks I’m beautiful. She called an ugly spirit like me beautiful.”

Brise then told her that the one who could help her was the one she loved. Arelia was frustrated by this – not having a clue who or what he was talking about.

“Lucus,…Silly Arelia, you leave a little piece of your soul behind everywhere you go, and in every year you live.”

Someone interrupts.

“Are you a spirit?”

Lucus. He was leaning against a tree drinking from a bottle of whiskey. Arelia was shocked at how different Lucus looked. This Lucus didn’t carry around the sadness that the present-day Lucus was buried under. Arelia told him that she was a spirit and needed to find the swamp. Lucus assured her that he’d help, but then questioned her about her bleeding. Arelia informed him that spirits were capable of bleeding. Lucus used his jacket and some of his whiskey to clean the blood off her face. He then asked her about her hand and ripped off one of his shirt sleeves to wrap her hand.

“Why aren’t you at the party?”

“She’s not there. Can you believe she said she was too busy to see me tonight? So I’ve decided to drink her away.”

Arelia couldn’t imagine how anyone would stand Lucus up. He told Arelia that the girl may be in love with someone else, but that he suddenly couldn’t even remember the girl’s name. Lucus then professed to not imagining his life without Arelia and wanted to show her New Orleans. Arelia questioned his sanity. He responded by pulling her close.

“Not insane, I simply know what I want, and I want you.”

Lucus tried to kiss her, but she stopped him. Arelia found herself wishing she could go see New Orleans with this happy Lucus. Brise warned her that she needed to get going, but Lucus continued his coaxing as he buried his face in her neck. They continued flirting and Arelia found she immensely enjoyed it. Lucus said he’d follow her anywhere – even to live with her in the swamp.
Bade then cut in to warn Arelia, but Arelia continued to be distracted by Lucus. She finally convinces him that she needs to leave. He starts taking her towards the swamp, but then stops.

“I would do anything to make you stay,”…

Arelia told him that she was a spirit and had to go back where she came from. Lucus ran his fingers through her hair, cupped her cheeks, wrapped her in his arms and kissed her. She thought of how easy it would be to just stay in his arms forever.
Bade warned that she’d be trapped.
Brise ordered her to get to the swamp.
Arelia reluctantly pulled back.

“Will I ever see you again, beautiful spirit?”

Arelia thought with jealousy that he wouldn’t even remember her in the morning due to his drunken state.
Lucus yelled out to her that they belonged together and that she’d come back to him – that he LOVED her. Arelia said that they’d barely had five minutes together, but Lucus said it was more than enough for him. {I thought of his parent’s story.}
Arelia walked away and whispered these words:

“Be safe, Lucus LaPlante,…You’re a beautiful spirit, too. I’m sorry I can’t stay and save you from your miserable fate. I can’t wait to see you again.”

So we get Lucus back. I missed him – despite all of Arelia’s silliness. It’s crazy that they finally kiss & it’s in the past. I’m hoping this will change her behavior towards him in the present! Ican’t believe that she still couldn’t even bring herself to tell him that she loved him there in the past. I liked this more aggressive Lucus of the past, but I also love the maturity in the present-day Lucus. I hope when things finally get resolved for Arelia and Lucus that the story won’t just end there.

Punished ~ Ch. 22 Mait’ Carrefour

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PunishedCh. 22 Mait’ Carrefour

Bade urged Arelia on as she second-guessed leaving. Arelia took off running and ran until she was completely out of breath. She stopped behind an oak tree thinking there was no way she’d pull off the escape. Her feet were bleeding and her hand was throbbing excrutiatingly. She sunk to the ground and dropped her head into her hands.

“Where do you think you’re going?”

The slave driver had found her. He picked her up and shook her. She then kicked him so hard in the shin that the man released her. She took off running again. She ran as fast as she could but then tripped over her dress. Blood trickled down her cheek. She had cut her head on a rock. She looked up and into the face of the driver.

“Nowhere to run, slave,”…

Arelia knew she needed help, and she wanted to call on someone as dark as the slave driver. The driver kicked her in the stomach and began dragging her back. Arelia started to panic and couldn’t think who to call on. Then it came to her – Mait’ Carrefour.
The driver stumbled and fell on his face, so Arelia took off again as the spirit called her towards him. She raced towards him, but noticed the driver quickly gaining.
Mait’ Carrefour stood before her tall and handsome, smoking a pipe.

“I want him to feel the same pain he inflicts on others.”

The driver grabbed her, threw her to the ground, and drove his boot into her ribs. Arelia saw a snake, and Mait’ told her to squeeze the snake like she wanted to squeeze the driver. The driver pulled out his whip, so Arelia didn’t hesitate. She squeezed tight!

“Keep on squeezing Arelia, and I’ll keep on whipping,…If you kill that snake in my name, I’ll take him with me.”

Arelia held on until the driver was bloodied and screaming, and then she let go.

“Not strong enough to make the sacrifice?”

“Thank you for your help, Mait’ Carrefour, but I don’t want to be as ugly as him.”

Then Arelia ran!!

We had some adrenalin pumping action taking place with this chapter. It was a nice change to the “do I love him, do I not.” This chapter showed Arelia still has a heart. With as much suffering as the slave driver caused, she still couldn’t bring about his death. Now it’s time for Arelia to start displaying a conscious with the rest of her actions.

What do ya think??

Discussing Punished ~ Ch. 20 – 21

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Ch. 20 Out in the Cotton Fields

Arelia marched out with the hundreds of other slaves to the cotton fields.

They varied greatly in age and height, but all of their faces told the same sordid tale of utter misery.

The slaves began strapping on large sacks and grabbed large baskets, but Arelia stood shell-shocked. Louis told her to quickly get to work before she was seen, but she asked, “Why?”. Louis wondered aloud what had gotten into her. He went and placed a sack around her neck and a basket in her arm.

“Don’t draw attention to yourself. They aren’t going to accept any less than two hundred pounds…”

Arelia reluctantly started picking, realizing there was no possible way she’d ever pick 200 pounds. She kept waiting to wake up from the nightmare, but she continued picking for the next eighteen hours.

My hands were raw and sore. My feet ached in excrutiating agony, and I was thirsty as hell. I was ready to take the strap straight off the bag and make a noose out of it. I didn’t because I had nowhere to actually hang myself.

For a moment Arelia felt absolute rage towards Lucus, but she knew it wasn’t really his fault. She did, however, finally understand why Louis would hate Lucus. {Kira made me feel rage myself for what many slaves had to endure. She painted very vivid pictures in just few words.}
At the end of the day Louis realized Arelia didn’t have nearly enough cotton and began scooping handfuls of his into her basket. Arelia went ahead of Louis to have her’s weighed, and the driver “passed” her. Louis was next…,”Fail.” Louis was thrust into the corner and whip met flesh as Arelia held back tears and vomit. As much as Arelia hated the present-day Louis, this one had taken her beating. Sousson Pannan tempted her with his own form of “help”, and she was just about to give in until Bade showed up.
The beating finally stopped and Louis stumbled over to Arelia.

“Back to the cabin, you’ll know what to do,…”

This seems to be another sign that this Louis, not just the present-day Louis, knows Arelia. Or, is he thinking that she is her great geat-great grand-mere, maybe? He is calling her Arelia, though. What do y’all think?

Ch. 21 Healing Louis

Arelia helped Louis back to the cabin and he laid down on his stomach.

“Arelia, go get the herbs.”

Arelia told him that she didn’t know where they were, but he told her that she needed to quit playing games. She thought about where they’d be hidden and remembered the journal. Arelia dug until she found a box.

“Hurry, Arelia. I’m supposed to meet her tonight,”…

{So, Arelia is not “the girl”. I’m definitely still confused about how he’d know her, then.}

Arelia realized that if Louis left, then that would be her chance to escape. She wondered who he was going to meet. It was a major struggle for Arelia to even look at Louis’ back. She put the oils and herbs on and Louis cried out. Then he told her to hurry because “she” would be waiting by the river. Arelia told Louis to tell her about the girl as Arelia sliced open her palm to sacrifice her blood for his healing. Louis said that the girl worked in the big house.

“I love her; we’re going to be together forever. She’s promised me that already. When I’m with her, I forget all this misery, and I know redemption is close for me.”

{How can you not feel bad for Louis here?}

Arelia called to Erzulie, and Erzulie accepted her sacrifice for Louis’ healing. Louis stated that the spirits always favored Arelia.

Louis got up to leave and gave Arelia a kiss on her cheek. She had a strong sense of deja – vu. She wracked her brain over how she knew him. {I’m thinking this totally has to be Ivan. Ivan is such a tortured soul.} As Louis was leaving, Arelia thought to ask what he thought of Lucus. He seemed taken aback. He didn’t really have any strong opinions of Lucus, claiming he was nice enough.
Louis then thought that Arelia was asking because she was interested in Lucus. Louis warned her away from Lucus and suggested somone like Edward. Arelia wondered who Edward was. {Is this Edward going to be someone significant?} Arelia sent Louis on his way, wishing him a good night.
As Louis left, Arelia thought of Mrs. Dreaux. Arelia thought of how she didn’t want to waste her whole life trying to prove that she was good enough for Tony – good enough for Mrs. Dreaux’s life. {I’m hoping this is enough to keep her permenantly away from Tony.}
Arelia then searched the cabin for cornbread and a blue-grey candle. She changed back into her green dress running purely on adrenaline. She also thought to grab some oil and herbs in case they were needed and headed out of the cabin.

If I didn’t escape now and reconnect with my soul, I would be a prisoner for eternity in this plane. My life would be a never-ending battle that would consist of rotten food and intolerable amounts of labor. Escape was my only option.

These last two chapters have been a bit rough. It’s never easy looking at the evils of our past.
At this point, I’m certain that Louis is Ivan, but I have no idea as to who this mystery girl is. Any ideas???

Discussing Saito’s Punished ~ Ch. 19

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Ch. 19 A Day in the Life…

Arelia wakes up next to a screaming Louis. He’s having a nightmare, so Arelia wakes him. She’s in his cabin. She’s not sure if she’s dreaming or not. Arelia feels a strong sense of familiarity with Louis, but she can’t figure out why. The strange thing is Louis isn’t surprised by her presence. He speaks to her as if he knows her.
Louis does question her clothing, though. Arelia is still wearing the green dress that Sabrina had given her. Louis thinks she stole it. He then points to an ugly pile of rags, informing her that they are what she should be wearing. He warns her to change quickly before she gets a lashing. Arelia’s confused. She still thinks she’s dreaming.

“Only an hour till sunrise, no time for games, Arelia. Go on and get dressed now.”…

Louis even knows her name. Kira’s good at keeping you guessing!
Louis starts to leave to retrieve some water, but Arelia stops him with a scream. Another rat. Arelia opens and closes her eyes trying to wake up. It doesn’t work. Louis calms her and leaves to get some water.
Arelia calls out to Erzulie for help, and thankfully she shows. Erzulie doesn’t have good news, though.

“Louis has a piece of your soul. He is making you live in the world in which he wants you to live.”

Erzulie then informs her that Louis is no ghost. He’s real, just like Lucus. Also, Louis happens to be a powerful voodoo king. He is making Arelia live his past for some reason. Arelia’s only hope for escape is to take some cornbread and blue-grey candles to Gran-Ibo to ask for help. She is the spirit of wisdom and patience. Arelia is warned that Gran-Ibo doesn’t tolerate lying of any sort.
Arelia questions Erzulie further and discovers that her present-day body is in a coma. She is comforted by the fact that Louis has no intentions of harming her body. Erzulie leaves, and Arelia reluctantly dons her “potato sack” of a dress. A horn blows and Louis rushes in, warning they can’t be late!!

Ahh, things are just starting to heat up. I’m sooo glad. I was getting sick of the, “blah, blah,…I like Lucus, I don’t like Lucus…” Kira paints such a vivid picture of the world of spirits and voodoo, though, making it impossible to pull away. I always feel like I’m right there in New Orleans on the plantation.

PUNISHED ~ Discussing ch. 17 – 18

Moving along…

Ch. 17 People Like That Don’t Care About People Like Us

After she left, for some strange reason I felt guilty. I hadn’t really lied to her about Lucus and me, because there wasn’t anything going on…

This is where we pick up in chapter 17. I’m sure it’s no surprise. She should feel guilty!!
Arelia makes her way to the garden and finds Lucus waiting for her there. She tries explaining her earlier ordeal with Tony, but Lucus stops her and pulls her in for a hug. Arelia asks him if he’s ever loved someone that hurt him. He says he has but that it was a long time ago. {I’m still trying to figure out who this is. I like that the whole book isn’t too predictable!} Lucus tells Arelia about how the girl he loved just up and disppeared without any explanation. Lucus asks if Tony had hurt her, and she nods. Arelia tries changing the subject to a lighter topic, while still in Lucus’ embrace, but Ivan interrupts.

“Hey queen, we need you to help out that fat kid…

Arelia reluctantly goes in, and only to find that Ivan has fooled her. He starts drilling her about what she sees in Lucus and pushes her up against a wall. Arelia smacks him. {Go girl!} She’s now trying to figure out what Ivan has against Lucus.

“…People like that don’t care about people like us…”

Arelia lets some of what Ivan says seep in. She starts worrying about whether Lucus is just another Tony. She wonders if that’s what Ivan is warning her about.

Ch. 18 Red Brick dust, Seven-Day Candles and a Kingdom Under the Sea

Arelia sneeks up to her room and follows through with everything Aunt Mae instructed her to do, concerning her protection. Arelia starts to reflect on her life and what she’s becoming when Sabrina bursts into the room. Sabrina starts gushing about being in love. Arelia cringes inside, but doesn’t dare say a word. Sabrina notices the necklace around Arelia’s neck and asks about it. Arelia lies again, saying that Aunt Mae gave it to her. {Will the lies never end?}
Sabrina falls asleep, so Arelia starts reading in Louis’ journal again.

The hunger is constant, but the moment I caught sight of you the agony disappeared. Your lips spoke the words ‘ I love you’,…

I waited for you down by the river, but you never came.

The sight of you made the pain of 50 lashes feel like none. You came back to me today and held me in your arms.

Arelia falls asleep while thinking of the horror that Louis must have lived through.

My sentiments: I’m glad these two chapters weren’t as nauseating as ch. 16. There were still several times that I wanted to choke Arelia and even Lucus, but it wasn’t as bad.

Discussing Punished, Book 2 of the Arelia LaRue series Ch. 16

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Ch. 16 What Will Happen to Me?

We left the last chapter with Tony kissing Arelia and her storming off. Now she makes her way to the porch and stops when she sees Lucus. Bade whispers to her that Lucus saw everything. Arelia, in typical style, shrugs Bade off as if she doesn’t have anything going on with Lucus.

“You disappeared,”…
“Why, did you miss me?”
“Perhaps, just a little.”

One second she denies having any feelings for him, and the next she’s totally flirting!

Lucus then produces a necklace for Arelia. It’s silver with a dagger charm that has a small ruby in the center. Lucus shares the story of how Arelia’s great great-great grand-mere gave it to his mom when she was struggling with Lucus’ “condition”. The necklace is a representation of Erzulie’s strength.

“Seven stabs of the dagger,…My blood is pouring down.”

Lucus lets Arelia know by reciting the chant, that he had heard her that night. So naturally, Arelia starts fretting about him having heard her singing to him,too. But, this is all quickly interrupted. Tony shows up!

“We just kissed, and now you’re with this guy? I know you felt something, Arelia. You and I aren’t over.”

Oh, that was so low of him. Major turnoff! If she was to hook back up with him, I’d probably stop reading! Well, maybe…

Tony informs Lucus that Arelia will never love him, but this is all broken up by Sabrina’s drunken presence. Apparently she’s been introduced to the Hurricanes. Sabrina tries to drag Lucus off to the ballroom, but he excuses himself, claiming he has business in the kitchen. Sabrina has an outburst over his inattention, wondering aloud why Lucus won’t kiss her. Tony speaks up, suggesting Sabrina ask Arelia about it. Does Arelia take this opportunity to speak up? No! This totally annoys me about her character. It makes her much less appealing.
Arelia tries to distract Sabrina with the mention of food, but Sabrina doesn’t buy it. She questions Arelia about what exactly Tony meant. Does Arelia take this chance? No again.
Arelia decides it’s time to share her and Tony’s past with Sabrina, and she pretty much claims that Tony is jealous. This is so cowardly! Sabrina asks Arelia if she still has feelings for Tony, and then proceeds to ask one last time about whether anything is going on between Arelia and Lucus. What does Arelia say???

“I’m being polite. That’s all,”…

UGH!! I’m really not liking Arelia right now! Is she getting on anyone else’s nerves?

Sabrina is easily fooled, though. She starts whining aloud about who will take care of her if Lucus never falls in love with her. Arelia now decides she’s going to show Sabrina some sympathy. Sabrina’s parents are pretty much non-existent with their never-ending search for Vanessa. Vanessa was Sabrina’s sister. It’s presumed she died in Morocco, but no body has ever been found. Sabrina’s mother has made it her life’s mission to find Vanessa, and at the expense of Sabrina.
Arelia figures it’s best to reassure Sabrina that Lucus will fall in love with her.

I don’t know whether to feel furious or just sorry for them! I’m definitely ready for something else to happen between Arelia and Lucus.

I’m going to stop here today. There was a lot in Ch. 16. Leave me a comment! Let me know what you think!!

Alison

Ch. 13 – 15 Punished ~ Arelia LaRue Series

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Ch. 13 Rage and Gris – Gris

Arelia walks back to the house & Lucus can tell something just isn’t right. She shrugs him off, though, claiming she’s fine. Mrs. Dreaux wastes no time in digging her claws in.

“I see nothing has changed, still unkempt as ever.”

I do NOT see how Areila bites her tongue so easily! Lucus politely stands up for her, but then excuses himself. Mrs. Dreaux then starts in on Sabrina. She is obviously one of those people that has to cut others down to pick herself up.
After the fiasco with Mrs. Dreaux, Arelia talks to her Aunt Mae about what took place in the cabin.

“…I can sense that he’s an angry soul and tends to act violently at times. Those rats were a manifestion of his rage…Louis was able to successfully enter your conscious and make you feel his fear and helplessness.”

Mae then advises Arelia to protect herself by making a gris-gris she’s to wear at all times & to place red brick dust around her room.

Ch. 14 I Wanna Marry a Billionaire So Frickin’ Bad

Arelia takes another spiritual bath & then walks in on Sabrina arguing with her parents on the phone. Henri interrupts with a gift box. There’s a new credit card and 2 new dresses that are meant to be an apology to Sabrina. Her parents have been nonexistent in her life since her sister died. Sabrina tosses Arelia one of the dresses & decides they’re gonna dress up for the night. Sabrina fixes Arelia up & Arelia heads downstairs while Sabrina finishes up.
Sabrina definitely gets on my nerves, but you can’t help feeling bad for her…

Ch. 15 Somebody That I Used to Know

Arelia ends up slamming right into Tony on her way down – the one person she wanted to avoid. He ends up apologizing & all the while I’m thinking, “It’s a little too late!!!” Tony had let his parents verbally rip Arelia to shreds and then went and hooked up with another chick.
Arelia makes her way to the ballroom. Sabrina starts dancing with the plump and drunk Mr. Dumpty while his wife is occupying Lucus. Mrs. Dreaux picks this moment to sink her teeth into Arelia again. Tony actually steps in and tells his mother that she’s said enough. Big step for Tony, but I’m still not feeling it. Arelia decides to head outside for some fresh air while barely restraining her tears. She calls out to Bade just to have someone to talk to.

“I’m crying because I loved Tony, but he never loved me. He never stood up for me. His stupid parents don’t think I’m good enough for him just because I’m not rich or whatever.”

Tony picks this time to walk up. Tony lays it on thick. He tries to wipe her tears, tells her he misses her, that he did care for her, and that he was just afraid. Arelia tries to walk off, but he pulls her back close.

“I miss you, the way you smell, your smile, the way you always put me in my place. I miss us. I’m an idiot for letting you go. Melissa was so dull, and the whole time I was with her, I couldn’t stop thinking about you. I shouldn’t have kept you a secret. I was terrified of my parents, but I’m learning how not to be. I promise I won’t let them get in the way of us ever again,”…”I never stopped loving you. I love you, Arelia.”

Arelia couldn’t help give in to the kiss that followed. Goodness, I imagine that would be tough to fight. She did, though. She managed to pull back away and tell him that “nothing’s changed”. YOU GO GIRL!!!

Continuing Punished Ch. 10-12

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Ch. 10 New Guests Arrive at Darkwood

Who are these new guests? None other than the boy Arelia has been upset over from the previous summer, Tony, and his obnoxious parents – The Dreaux’s.
Arelia does the only thing she usually does – run. She runs all the way to the river where she encounters another spirit. It’s Ayida Wedo, giver of blessings, and she wants to help. She informs Arelia that she needs to go to Louis’ slave cabin.

Ch. 11 Louis Beau

Arelia makes her way to the cabin and discovers a rat pass over her left leg, and soon she’s completely consumed by them. Arelia begs Erzulie for help, but it doesn’t come. Then she has a vision of a boy with caramel skin that looks vaguely familiar, and he was scribbling in a journal. Then the rats are gone, and Arelia knows she’s supposed to find that journal. She does and page after page is filled with his love for a girl that made him forget all his suffering.

What got me through each and every one of those lashes was the thought of your smile and your sweet embrace.

Arelia was enraptured with the story. She read and read wondering who this girl was until she eventually fell asleep.

Ch. 12 Forgive Me Father For I Have Sinned, I Think…

Arelia is awakened by Lucus, and she’s immediately thrilled that he’s absolutely fine. No ill effects are left from his run in with Sousson Pannan. Lucus decides to tell Arelia about the one man that had challenged him – Lucus. The year was 1853 and Lucus had yellow fever. He was on his deathbed, and his mother had a priest read him his last rights. He was at peace, but his father wasn’t. He turned to Marie, Louis’ mom, for help. Instead of Marie showing up, Louis had. Louis had gotten on top of him and dealt blow after blow until the sheets were bloodied. Then he said he awoke the following day to discover that Louis was dead and he was healed. He didn’t realize anything else was amiss until he later broke his neck. He wasn’t supposed to ever walk again, but he healed. Then he began to notice that he wasn’t aging.

After your great great-great grand-mere was hired, it was confirmed. I was cursed, and my fate was forever tied to Louis Beau. I deserved to die several deaths. I was supposed to die.”

Arelia and Lucus continued to talk through everything. Arelia tries to help Lucus absolve himself of his guilt. He believes he’s paying for his sins. Arelia then wonders aloud what they were missing. Why would Louis attack Lucus?
[I’m obviously saying, “BECAUSE OF THE GIRL!!”]
Arelia shares with Lucus the dream she had had a few days ago and about how her & Mae believed Louis to be alive. [It has to be Ivan!!!] They talk some more and have a heart to heart moment, when guess who barges in. Sabrina!! UGH!!! Doesn’t that just irk you every time!!