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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14. Politics

The bus home is highly entertaining.

“So,” I tell my male friends. “One of my friends likes one of your friends.”

“Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! Is it Alice?” Charlie sticks his hand up like a child and yells.

“No.”

“What about Trixie?”

“Yuck, I hope it’s not.” Cory says, pulling a face. I give him an annoyed look.

“That’s my friend you’re talking about!” I say. “No, it’s Naomi. She likes Tom.” They all nod and smile.

“So, you want us to talk to Tom about her, drop hints and all that. That seems easy enough. He already kind of likes her already anyway.” My eyes light up when Antony says that. “Naomi won’t have to wait long. We can do it.” He puts his hand out and I shake it. “Anyway, back to you. How was your first day of being in the real world?”

“Seeing as it was at school, lame!” I yell the last word. “But apart from that it was awesome! I’ve had people staring at me in awe and jealousy wherever I go. It’s nice to feel a little bit like one of the popular girls for once! Also, I have had Mr Clarke ask me what it was like to be Psychic because he’d never known one before, Miss Gold joke with me about being what I am, and I was given a demonstration of the awesome powers of the species by my friends!”

“Did you have any friends that were Vampires?” Cory asks, getting ready to show off.

“No.” He stands up ready to perform.  “But, my mum and all my brothers are. I think I’ll see enough of Vampire powers soon enough.” He sits back down, downhearted. “I haven’t seen Gravern powers though, Charlie.” He grins, and stands up. He closes his eyes and sends out a black ray that hits Lewis’ water bottle. It quickly decays and crumbles in Lewis’ hands. I gasp; so does Lewis.

“Wow. That was...” I begin.

“Oh my god Charlie. Why would you do that?” Lewis seems only slightly annoyed. They pick on him quite a bit sometimes, so I guess that’s a normal occurrence.

“Because it’s funny to mess with you!” Charlie replies cheekily. I roll my eyes. ‘Boys!’ I think to myself.

“Charlie, you need to give Lewis some sort of compensation. Buy him a new bottle.” I say, being the adult. Charlie just shrugs.

“I have no money.”

“Do you have a water bottle Charlie?”

“I do.”

“Give it to me a second.”

“No.”

“Do it.” He sighs and gives in. He hands he the bottle and I hand it to Lewis. “Lewis, I give you permission to destroy Charlie’s bottle.”

“What? In what universe..?” I hear Charlie protest as Lewis smiles and clicks his fingers. Suddenly, in the bottle is a small plant that quickly expands and breaks Charlie’s bottle from the inside. Charlie cries out, and the plant turns brown and withers away with Lewis’ Elfish command.

“There. It’s all fair. You two be friends now.” I say disapprovingly.

“Yes mother...” Both Lewis and Charlie say in unison. They burst out laughing hysterically and I punch them in the arm. They still snigger after that, just holding their arms. Cory and Antony high five me and promise not to make any sexist jokes for the next few days in my honour.  That just makes me laugh again, I know that promise won’t last.

 

Before I know it I’m home again. My mother greets me with a giant hug and beckons me into the living room.

“I’m going to say all this quickly before Sam, Will and Natasha come back from School and Playgroup. I told them to walk home on their own today.” I nod. “You know what I’m going to talk you about, don’t you.”

“I do. It’s the Age of Knowing, isn’t it?”

“That’s right. I found it hard, you know. However, you seem like you are just taking it all in your stride, I bet you’re going to be fine. But just because you are okay with it doesn’t mean the world is going to be as well. We’re in a bad state right now. There’s political unrest between the Eternals and the Graverns. So far it’s not affecting everyday life, but in a year’s time the people you know will be divided. A Species war is coming soon, I can tell. I may not be an oracle like a Psychic or super smart like an Elf, but I am pretty smart and good at judging things like this. The different groups at school may force you to decide which side you are on. You have to know what’s going on and you have to be confident too.”

“Mum, how do you know about all this?”

“Your father told you I worked in politics right?” I open my eyes wide.

“He didn’t. I didn’t think you had a job.”

“I do. When you guys are at school I go.” How had I ever missed that? I hadn’t realised there was so much being hidden from me. “Because of what you are Emily, everyone will want you and that has its perks and its consequences. You have to be able to stand up for yourself.” The gate opens outside: the others are back. “Go upstairs Emily and put your bags down. Get changed into something comfy.” I do as she says.

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