For all my old fans, here is my next bit of work. FOr those of you who are new to my writing, welcome. I hope you all enjoy!
Full Summary: In Alanna: The First Adventure, we find out Alanna's mother died in childbirth. But what if Alanna's mother lived? What if Alanna and Thom had grown up with their mother? What if she knew about and helped the twins with the switch? Will start from Alanna and Thom's mother leaving the convent, and will go through Lioness Rampant. This is more their mother's story then Alanna or Thom's.
Chapter One-Mother of Mountains Convent
16-year old Alianne of Blue Harbor had trouble keeping her hands from shaking with excitement while in her needlework lessons. In three days time, she and all the other 16-year old girls would be leaving the convent, and starting the two-week long carriage ride to the capital city of Corus to be presented to court. She couldn't wait until she got to Corus! The parties, the handsome, young squires and knights...she couldn't wait to see it all!
"Lady Alianne, get your head out of the clouds, and put your mind into your work" one of the ladies from the convent chided as she examined Alianne's work "Look at this whole row of stitches, they are crooked and uneven. Take them out and start again, properly"
"Sorry Daughter Megan" Alianne said "I was thinking about my presentation to the court"
"I am pleased you are excited. It will be a big moment in your life. However, you will be hard put to find a husband with your embroidery looking like that"
"Yes, Daughter Megan" Alianne said as she started to take out the stitches she had messed up. Daughter Megan continued to walk past the girls and look at their sewing
"Why, Jane! This is absolutely marvelous! Might I use it as an example?"
Alianne glanced over at the girl that Daughter Megan was praising, and let out a low growl. Ever since her first week at the Mother of Mountains convent, she and Jane of Trebond had been sworn enemies. Jane never missed an opportunity to show up Alianne, and then mock her for weeks on end afterwards, and Alianne never missed an opportunity to put mice in her room, frogs in her bed, a bucket of mud over her door, or anything else she and her friends could come up with to make Jane miserable.
"Of course, Daughter Megan" Jane said in her loud, haughty tone.
"See here, ladies. Jane's stitches are small, evenly spaced, and strait. This is the kind of needlework mothers will be looking for in their son's future wife."
Jane looked over at Alianne and gave her a superior and victorious smirk. Alianne ignored her. The last twenty minutes of the lesson, Alianne was seething quietly. When the bell signaling the end of lessons so the girls could get ready for supper rang, Alianne was the first one out the door.
"Lady Jane, might I use your perfect sampler as an example?"Alianne mocked Daughter Megan "Why, of course you may, Daughter. I just love rubbing Aly's nose in the fact that I am so much better than her"
Alianne walked with her best friends; Lianne of Naxen and Jocelyn of Macayhill
"Aly? Are you alright?" Lianne asked
"Why wouldn't I be?" Alianne asked "Just because Daughter Megan criticized my work, and then little miss perfect I-know-everything-and-am-too-good-for-you-so-stay- out-of-my-way Jane of Trebond shows her a perfect sampler? Just because Jane is going to taunt me for the whole ride to Corus? Am I suppose to let that upset me?" she opened the door to her bedroom, walked in, and grabbed a piece of paper, her quill, and some ink. In big words, she wrote JANE OF TREBOND on the paper, and then used her gift to stick the picture to the wall. She then backed up to the wall directly across from where the paper was posted "Well, I won't let it get to me. I have never been calmer" A huge ball of purple fire appeared in her hand, and she hurled it at the paper. She watched with a satisfied smile as the paper slowly burned, but the wall miraculously didn't.
"Aly, dear" Jocelyn said "Do you need us to get you a dictionary so you can look up the definition of 'calm'? Hurling magical fire at a paper with the name of someone you are mad at written on it isn't in the definition."
"It's in my definition" Aly snapped
(Supper, the night before the girls leave)
"Attention, ladies" First Daughter Marilyn said one night at supper "For those of you who are leaving for Corus tomorrow, I have just posted the list of who will be your carriage partners for the journey on the wall outside my office. There will be four girls to a carriage. After you are done eating, feel free to go by and see the list. Also, make sure you are packed before you go to bed this evening. You will have an early breakfast, and then will go to wait for the carriages."
After supper, Aly and her friends went to check the list of carriage groups. Just as they arrived, they heard Jane gasp and cover her mouth with both hand "How dare she!"
"What's the matter, Jane?" Aly taunted "Not with your little flock of admirers?" Aly glanced at the list, and her smiled turned to a look of horror "No!"
The list said the following:
Carriage number 7
Alianne of Blue Harbor
Lianne of Naxen
Jocelyn of Macayhill
Jane of Trebond
Just then, First Daughter Marilyn turned the corner towards the girls gathered around her office.
"First Daughter. might I ask you a question about the carriage arrangements?"
"Can it be changed?"
"Why are you asking, Jane? Are you unhappy with who I have paired you with?"
"Well, actually First Daughter, that is exactly why I am asking"
"First Daughter, I would like to make a complaint about this arrangement" Aly said
"Proper ladies do not complain, Alianne. They take what they are given with grace and dignity"
"I still would like to make a complaint" Aly said
"I do not have time to hear your complaint, Alianne, so I suggest you keep it to yourself" First Daughter Marilyn said before disappearing into her office.
(The next morning)
Aly stood with her luggage Lianne, Jocelyn, and Jane for their carriage to arrive. She mentally cursed the First Daughter for putting her and Jane in the same carriage.
"Oh, I am going to miss the convent" Jane said as she waved good bye to some of her friends in other carriages.
"I'm not" Aly said "Once that carriage gets here, I am climbing in and never coming back"
"There are so many great memories here" Jane continued as if she hadn't heard Aly "All the friends I've made, besting you in needlework, in penmanship, in etiquette, in dancing, and of course there are all those times when the young boys training to be sorcerers would always flirt with me and never flirt with you"
"Your right, Jane. There are so many good memories here" Aly said "Like the time I let ten mice loose in your rooms, or the three frogs in your bed. Then there are the countless times I filled a bucket with mud, and rigged it to fall on your head when you opened the door. Oh! and the time I got you distracted, then placed that big spider on top of your food at supper"
"I just don't know what the younger girls will do without me to guide them"
"If they're smart, they will be celebrating the fact they never have to listen to you again" Aly said
Jane glared at Aly "For your infomation, Alianne, even you can't upset me."
"Why is that? I'd like to know who to blame for ruining my fun"
"When we get to the palace, I'll see my twin brother, Alan." Jan said "It's a shame he had to be a knight. He is too smart to have his head bashed in during knight training. He should have gone to the university, but he was the only boy, and my father wouldn't hear of there being no knight in the family. And I'll get to see my younger sisters. Who will be there to see you Alianne?"
"My parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins and grandparents" Aly said "I am an only child"
"They didn't want more of you to ruin their family name?" Jane asked "Is that why you are an only child?"
" parents just knew a perfect child when they saw one, and saw no need to continue trying. With your family it was they had to make up for having a child like you"
Jane didn't respond. The carriage had arrived.