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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6. Presents

I find it hard to put my school uniform, not because I don’t fit it anymore, but because it feels different on my skin. My jumper feels too baggy; my trousers are too tight; my tie strangles me however loose I make it. ‘It’s all in my head.’ I tell myself, but it’s hard to pull yourself down when you are in a state. I go and inspect my make-up, and it all looks like it wouldn’t suit me with my new skin tone. I remember the lilac make-up bag Aunt Helena and Uncle Jason gave me. I tried to open it earlier but Mum stopped me; now I understand why. So I unzip the bag and I rummage around inside it. I pick out 3 shades of Physic foundation (they didn’t know which skin tone I’d have), 4 different mascaras, 3 sticks of lipstick, 3 tubs of lip-gloss and a massive pallet of eye shadows with the family name on it. There is a note stuck on the back of it from Aunt Helena:

Dear Emily,

You are so lucky to be a powerful Physic. I am just an Elf, nothing that special! They make different make-up for the different species so you will have to get Physic specific stuff. It’s slightly more expensive than most, so I’ve got you a lot of choice to get you started. For eye shadows they make pallets for each family so that the colours suit the colour of your hair. I think the Lilac one has mostly purples, dark greens, browns and golds. I am pretty sure they will suit you, you’ll look fantastic!

I hope to see you soon,

Aunt Helena xxx

I make a note to myself to thank her, and I go apply and experiment with the make-up. I find that the medium shade of foundation suits me most, so I put the other two aside. I do a quick line on my eyelids with the darkest brown in the pallet and use the clear mascara, so not to ruin my lilac eyelashes so soon. I also use the pink lip gloss to finish it off: I look gorgeous! To me, Physics are one of the better looking species and it makes me feel so good about myself. I had always been one of those people that aren’t particularly pretty or ugly, so I was always looked over. Now I could be seen in a different way. I took a new picture of myself and had to stop myself from uploading it to Facebook. ‘Let them see the new me at school.’ I thought, and then I went downstairs for my birthday breakfast.

 

One shock at the sight of my mother and two American style pancakes later, I’m opening the presents from the rest of my family. First, from my Mother, and she gives an iPhone 3gs, the latest one. She smiles at me and tells me how beautiful I look in my new form, and she said that she’s going to buy me the iPhone 4 for Christmas, which hasn’t came out yet, so I could destroy the 3gs by ‘accident’ in December if I wanted. I have a bit of a tendency to break phones. She also hands me a huge badge with flashing lights that says ’15 today!’. Any other year and I would think it was hideous, but this year I pin it to my jumper and laugh.

My next one was from my 3 year old sister Natasha, and it is a pair of half-hoop earrings Mum saw me admiring in Claires the other day. I scoop up my sister and give her a big squeeze. She giggles sweetly. Natasha is the baby of the family, although she is very capable of walking and talking. She has cute, curly brown hair and little chubby cheeks. I realise that she, too, will be a Physic. Good on her.

Next is my present from Will. He is incredibly smart for his age knew almost exactly what to get me: a black checked bag I’ve had my eye on for a while. I give him a kiss, and he wipes his face when he thinks I’m not looking. Will is often quite quiet, but can be incredibly sweet and knows you well if you make the effort.

Then comes the gift my 11 year old brother Sam reluctantly gives me: a purple penguin case for my new phone. He’s in Year 6, but he already acts like one of the cool boy jerks I see at school. He is ‘too cool’ to talk to me in public and always tries to show me up in front of his ‘mates’. He’s the one I’ll have to give the growing up talk to; I’m not looking forward to that.

My older brothers gave their gifts to my parents when I wasn’t looking, so I also have them to open. From Joey and Zack is a book with the title: ‘So, you’re a Physic now! A book on how to deal with becoming a Physic for teens.’ I roll my eyes, and then I suddenly realise that my younger siblings shouldn’t see it. My mother realises and takes the book up to my room before the others notice its presence.

The next gift is from my 23 year old brother Nate. It’s a bottle of cheap perfume: I know he means well by it. He is always trying to save money. He works in business and finance but I don’t really know what exactly he does. He always has random money making schemes though, and when he still lived here they would often involve me making posters to hang up around the village.

From my eldest brother, Harry, is a pair of beautiful black boots that I’m sure his wife chose for him. Harry is a primary school teacher and he has two children with his wife, Jasmine and Taylor. Because of the age gap we have an odd relationship that is not like siblings or like niece and uncle.

Lastly is the present from my Grandma: she has made some earrings with the same stone as my amulet. I take out the half-hoops (I explain to Natasha that they aren’t allowed at school so she doesn’t cry) and I put in the stones. I tie up my hair into a ponytail to show off the earrings and I admire myself in the mirror for a while longer. Mum tells me that she understands and that I look amazing, and then she reminds me of the time; I have 10 minutes before the bus comes.

I franticly shove everything from my old school bag into the new bag Will got me. I switch the lip gloss I had in there with the pink one Aunt Helena got me, and I get the rest of my things together for school. I say goodbye to my family and then set off out the door. I end up running down the street, not because I’m late, but because I want to see what everyone at my bus stop says when they see that I’m a Physic.

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