Nest Pitch JK5: THE KING’S ASSASSIN
Category/Genre: NA Historical Fantasy
Word Count: 60,000
Kathryn is a killer, a king’s assassin. Only the king and the guild know her secret. She must face an unlikely enemy who wants to control the kingdom or die at the hands of the manipulative would-be tyrant.
If the MC was an Easter egg…
Lady Kathryn would be a smooth chocolate and caramel swirled filled egg.
Excerpt: 300 words
The stiff bodice squeezed my rib cage and the petticoats hung heavy on my hips. I tugged at the clothing trying to breathe a little better.
“Stop fussing, Kathryn,” mother said sternly watching from the wing backed chair across the room.
“I shall stop fussing once I can breathe.” I winced as the housemaid pulled the strings tighter. I grabbed the table in front of me to steady myself so as not to fall over with each tug.
“The dress is not meant to make breathing easy. It is meant to give you a smaller waist and a higher bosom.”
“Yes, that is just what I want,” I replied tugging at the skirts.
“How else do you expect to attract a respectable husband?”
I rolled my eyes and sighed heavily. If only you knew what I really had to do. “Mother, I am eighteen-years-old. I am not thinking about marriage at the moment. I have plenty of time.”
“You should. I was married and…”
I cut her off before she could finish. “And pregnant with me by time you were eighteen. Yes. You have reminded me daily since I returned.” I am an assassin! I kill people, mother! Husbands and children will not be my life. Get used to it. I thought bitterly to myself.
“Yes. Well you should be engaged by now at least. Everyone else’s daughters of marriageable age are engaged or married. Imagine how your father must feel when he goes to court. Why do you think we sent you to France for so long?” she asked shaking her head.
“Honestly mother, I find it hard to believe everyone in King Aldrich ’s court whispers about the Duke of Suffolk’s unwed daughter.”
“You are one of the most eligible women in all of England. Do you honestly thing people do not speak of it?”