Lilac

On the day of Emily Lilac's fifteenth birthday, her father gives her a purple amulet - a lilac amulet – an ancient relic of her family. When she puts it around her neck, her world, her life changes.
She discovers that she is not human. And neither is everyone else.
She is part of the new generation of Psychics in a world of monsters. She is one of the only, one of the rarest species in existence and she is the key to ending the war between the two most powerful species around.
And in the midst of it all, there is a love. A Gravern and an Eternal come together, set apart because of the war, and must keep down in fear of death.
So Emily fights: not for the Eternals from the sky; not for the Graverns from the ground; but for the love that her friends share.

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8. Awe

“Oh my frickin’ god!” Alice literally jumps on me. I walk into the maths corridor feeling like a supermodel. I had to walk through languages, performing arts and up a flight of stairs to get to maths, and along the way the passing teachers, year 11s and 6th formers all stared at me, shocked. I just flicked my hair and smiled at them. It felt good to finally be noticed. And when I get to my year’s corridor it’s no exception. My friends crowd round to wish me a happy birthday and hand me their presents, and the people outside our group stare at me with awe and jealousy. It’s not long before my of-age friends drag me off around the corner to talk to me privately.

 

“Oh my god.” Cat repeats herself. “I can’t believe one of my friends is a Physic.” She’s a Beast and is the first girl I’ve seen suit it.

“I knew it. I mean, I’ve met your Dad and he’s a Physic so of course I knew that you were gonna be one too!” Like Dad said, Tina’s an Eternal and her wings look amazing on her. The white feathers bring out her golden eyes that sparkle in the shallow light.

Naomi and Bella nod in agreement. They are really close friends, and I notice they’re both elves.

“I didn’t know though.” Says Isla. She’s a Sprite, which I could have guessed. She has a lot of friends who are popular, and she’s naturally quite pretty. “I never guessed that you’d be keeping your last name. Still, it’s so cool!” I smile at them, and before I can say anything a few of the popular girls approaches me.

 

Before today, whenever the populars would approach us it would be to talk to one of the others in our group about boys or something they posted on Facebook. This time though, it seems, they want to talk to me. Inside my first reaction is to put up defences and stay quiet, but in my new form I make myself confident and I ready for whatever they say.

Wow, Emily, I didn’t know you’d be a Physic. You are so pretty as a Physic.” Says Saskia Smart, a surprisingly good looking Werewolf (Dad lied about Taylor Lautner!). I know she’s lying; they always are when they tell people like me that. Her friends, Martha Mason and Sarah Wright nod; funny, they’re both Werewolves too. Instead of curling up into a ball and acting meekly, I pluck up the courage to look confident.

“Well, thanks Saskia. It’s kind of weird right now because I’ve only just become one, but I do think it’s really cool.”

“I love that hair colour. Did you dye it?” Martha asks, and Saskia shoves her.

“No stupid, that’s the colour for her family. It’s a Physic thing. Soz Emily, Martha’s not that bright.”

“I don’t mind, really. I have six brothers so I’m used to stupidity.” Martha doesn’t seem fazed by the harsh comments. “Martha, I’m sure there’s a dye similar to this colour somewhere.” Martha smiles, and is about to speak when Saskia interrupts.

“No, Werewolves’ can’t dye their hair.”

“Oh, sorry, I just meant that it was out there.”

“No no, it’s okay. Still, I’m so envious of you because Physics are naturally gorgeous. And you are no exception, you lookstunning.”

“I totally wouldn’t be surprised if you had a boyfriend by the end of the week.” Sarah says, with a surprising lack of sarcasm.

“Thank you guys, you’re really nice to me.”

“Don’t mention it, it’s all true.” Saskia and her cronies walk away, and I believe for a second that it was sincere. The feeling doesn’t last long.

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