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Members of the Women’s Flying Training Detachment at Avenger Field Sweetwater, Teas, 1943

“Their main job was to take over male pilot’s jobs, such as ferrying planes from factories to Army Air Force installations, in order to free male pilots to fight overseas." - Wikipedia

A Court of Hearts and Darkness Chapter Five

It’s been over a century since the epic and bloody war against Hybern, but a new, unprecedented horror lies in wait to threaten everything the Inner Circle holds dear.

 

At a mere 17, it seems that the only one who can save them is the Heir to the Night Court, Feyre and Rhysand’s daughter Eleana, but as a creature so vile promises to kill everyone she loves, she must combat the urge to succumb to the darkness herself. The key to success lies hidden within her mate, the bastard born Kaden, who is as oblivious to the bond as her Court is oblivious to the war on the horizon.

With the help of her cousin and warrior Felix, the son of the famed Nesta and Cassian, they will try to save everything they hold dear, hopefully before the darkness takes them all.

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Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

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Chapter Six

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-Chapter Five-

The exercise they were doing was simple enough. First they had to fly through an obstacle course of swinging pendulums all the while being shot at with oak arrows. After making it through that they had to fly to a mountain peak to retrieve whatever the ‘treasure’ was that day. Sometimes it was a person, sometimes it was an object like some gold or a weapon, sometimes it was something random like a book. After you had retrieved this item Illyrians who weren’t part of the aerial unit would try and attack you and see if they can bring you down. They also fired more arrows, except this time they are on fire. And you had to finish it in less than fifteen minutes.

Eleana thinks it is simple enough because she is the only one in her unit to have successfully completed it with a perfect score, and one of eleven other Illyrians in the whole camp.

She wasn’t scheduled to do it today, but practise never hurt anyone.

Eleana also desperately needed something to get her mind off of what had happened the previous night.

She didn’t know what she was more pissed about – Being stupid enough to bring Felix home to a house full of people, herself for not convincing her family of what happened, or about her family having the audacity to knock her out rather than just talking more.

When she had awoken the darkness in her veins was roaring in fury. She needed to get out of the house and she needed to put a damper on her power the only way she knew how – working it off.

She stepped up to the platform, ready to take off.

“I don’t think I need to explain the directive, so I?” Inquired the man who supervising the course.

She scoffed, “Of course not.”

It was less than a minute before a distant bell rang signalling for her to start.

Her wings extended open and in a mighty flap she was soaring through the air. The pendulums were easy to dodge – it was the arrows she had to look out for. With a quick movement to the left and a dive down, Eleana successfully avoided all the arrows shot at her. It continued like this until the last seconds.

Up, down, left, right, left, down, up.

Over and over and over again until she was free flying to the peak of the lowest mountain – ready to get her prize.

She landed swiftly on the platform that today held a golden broach. Eleana wondered what Lady they had stolen that off.

She carefully placed it in her bag. Eyes were everywhere watching what she was doing and grievous treatment of the objects made you lose marks.  The object was meant to simulate something that you might have to get in a war if you were acting as a retrievant for the army. It could be an enemy, a letter, anything they could think off. That’s why they were so incessant that the female squadrons did this simulation as much as possible. It was stupid. Really stupid. The males weren’t made to do it as much and focused more on hand to hand combat. All that achieved was excellent women flyers with not as much brute power as their male counterparts, and males who (even though magnificent flyers) would never attain the skills that the females had.

It frustrated Eleana to no end. She loved to fly and she was undeniably good at it, but sometimes she felt like pummelling someone into the ground. Is that too much to ask? Apparently so. At least she had Felix to teach her whenever they weren’t busy.

She pivoted and went back into the air. The second part was more challenging but she’d manage.

As soon as she was in the air there was an assault of alight arrows. Eleana easily could’ve used her magic to put them out or send them away, but just like her father she had been banned from using the majority of her magic while she was training at camp. When she trained those particular skills she either did it with her mother or father in a secluded place where she wouldn’t accidently hurt someone.

It was almost easy the way she evaded the arrows flying at her – it was instinctual.

The men attacking her are a different story.

A brutish man slammed into her from the side making her lose momentum. She flew in place, facing him.

He, unlike her, was holding a broadsword – one he looked eager to use. An arrogant smirk was plastered on his face.

She smiled innocently at him. Men really should know better by now than to misjudge her because she was a woman.

He swung and she eluded him. This happened a second time, then a third.

His irritation was palpable and Eleana loved it.

He tried again but this time overestimated his own strength. He sung too quickly and too hard and it was almost effortless for Eleana to dodge and swoop so that she was behind to him. Eleana clasped her hands around his neck and clenched her fingers. This was a signal that she had ‘broken’ his neck and it was time for him to leave.

This happened four more times before she steadily landed on the ground in front of her squadron leader, Alixia.

All she wanted to do was fly away again.

Because next to Alixia was a certain thunderous High Lord.

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I think Harry was at Jay’s wedding to launch a massive hate campaign against Louis amongst his immediate family members. I’m pretty sure that when Jay introduced him around to those women that he slipped flyers into their handbags with a bulleted list of reasons they should love him more than Louis.

Also…don’t tell anyone but I heard that Harry attended Lottie’s bday party so that he could speak to her about being his personal hair/makeup artist when he launches his solo career–away from all the other lads–because he hates them all–well all except Niall because Niall smiles a lot so….

I’m guessing that he will marry Lottie as well bc he is neither NOt gay and that would really piss Louis off and really that’s all he cares about–is pissing off his mortal enemy.

Here, I can’t believe that all this time I thought he was just a 21yo boy who signed a shitty ass contract with an even shittier team and got royally fucked over when they decided that loving another boy was a crime so offensive that they had to instead paint him as a lothario with a penchant for women of a certain age at the ripe age of 16. My bad. I have seen the light.

My only problem now is that if I start shipping Lottie and Harry—their ship name would be…Larry. AWKWARD😳😳

“Because laws affect women as much as men.” Here’s a rallying cry to vote today (if you’re in a primary state) from the pro-suffrage women of 1915! This flyer was produced by the Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association and handed out during Suffrage Day at Mount Holyoke College, April 24, 1915. The flyer lists twelve reasons why women should have the right to vote. And that last line is a kicker: “Give this to a friend and ask him to vote for it.”