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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3. Gift

“Three, two, one...HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!”

I open my eyes and see my parents and my younger siblings, all looking tired but happy. I give a little, sleepy smile and I sit up, realising there are ten neatly wrapped presents at the end of my bed.

“They’re from your aunts and uncles.” My Mum explains.

I pick up the first one and tear it open hungrily. It’s a purple dress from my Aunt Carol. I pick it up and admire it for a second, but I then reach for another. Soon, I have nothing left but beautiful paper lying in shreds and a small collection of gifts. I notice that the gifts are all purple. Lilac, to be precise. Just like my last name. Lilac.

“You can open the rest when you get downstairs. Come on now guys, let’s give Emily some privacy.” She leads Sam, Will and Natasha out of the room, and then she takes one more look at me. She wipes away a small tear, and turns away. My Dad, however, hasn’t moved. He stays right where he is, looking like he’s listening for something. He suddenly snaps awake and turns to me.

 

“Emily, you’re 15 now. You’re bigger than you were. You’re old enough to know.”

“To know what?” He closes his eyes and smiles. I frown.

“You have always been so curious, and I know you have so many questions. You want answers. Why you have so many siblings. Why they are almost all male. Why you are all born on the 18th of a month. Why your older brothers all have copper chains. Why they change their last names. Why I’m giving you an amulet.”

I fake surprise. “You’re giving me an amulet? Really?”

“Don’t play dumb, Em. I know you know. No need to feel guilty.” I breathe a sigh of relief. “Now all these questions are about to be answered. But I need to first give you my gift. I made the amulet on my 18th birthday. It’s a sort of... coming of age thing. You’ll need to make one too, one day. I’ve kept it for you for years, even before I knew it was you that would receive it.”

“Dad, you’re really starting to scare me. Can you just explain to me what on Earth you’re on about?”

“I’m sorry; I’ve never done this before.” He gives a nervous laugh and that worries me even further. “Here, I think this may explain itself.” He reaches underneath my bed and pulls out a dull silver box I’ve never seen before. The one with the amulet in?

“Has that box always been there? I would have noticed if it was.”

“It’s been there for 5 whole minutes.” He smiles at me. “There, open the box.” I lift the lid and rays of light shoot out of it. I blink heavily and try to adjust my eyes. And there, in the box is the amulet.

It shines in the dim light with its gold chain and rim. Its chain is quite long and I could fit it over my head without undoing it. It has a purple stone in the middle which seems to radiate power; in fact, like most things I’ve seen today, its lilac. It’s a lilac amulet, with a lilac stone: it’s a Lilac amulet, made by a Lilac for a Lilac. I pick it up a clutch it in my fist; it’s warm.

“Dad, this is beautiful. I can’t believe you made this for me. Thank you.” He smiles weakly. “Now,” he winces. “Put it on.”

I undo the clasp. I hook it around my neck. I redo the clasp. And the stone begins to shine.

And the shine surrounds me.

And I begin to scream.

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