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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17. Rose

Welcome my darlings to the Red Rose restaurant. Table for 6, correct?”

“That is right.” My mother says confidently. My father on the other hand stands awkwardly like he doesn’t feel comfortable at all. He is getting a few astounded looks: but then again so am I. How did I ever miss the fact that people always stare at my father? It’s probably because I never thought to look for it. The waitress suddenly turns directly to me.

“Is it your birthday today?”

“No, I’m just wearing this Happy Birthday badge for the sake of it.” I almost say. Instead I am quite polite and say: “Yes, it is. It’s my 15th actually.”

“Oh, Happy Birthday! I hope you have had a very joyous day, Miss Lilac.” The waitress bows her green, Spritely head towards me. I suddenly realise many people are going to know my name just by looking at me! Is that a good thing or not..?

I sit in-between my mum and my dad who both constantly try and hug me. I don’t mind; they’re just proud because their little girl is growing up.  They let me have first choice for drinks and meals, whereas other times we go out they often say no to expensive foods. I order an orange and passion fruit J2O, which my parents hardly ever let me have. Sam asks to have one too, but mum and dad say no. He kicks up a fuss and decides not to talk for a while, so we order him a coke. If it was Will or even maybe Natasha I would have offered to pay for a drink for them, but Sam hasn’t done anything to me lately to deserve my charity. We then order our meals: I have a big platter of good old fish and chips. It’s one of my favourite meals to eat when we go out, though mum doesn’t make the best one at home. It’s one of the middle priced objects on the menu; although mum said I could order anything regardless of price. I wasn’t basing it too much on the rice though; even she knows I love fish and chips!

 

Once our food has been ordered, my Dad starts talking to the table.

“It’s Emily’s 15th birthday today. 15 is a big age, a good age, a coming-of-age age. It’s a big day for Emily, so let’s all be nice, okay? Wow, this is becoming such a great speech isn’t it?” My dad puts his hand on his head and laughs.

“It’s okay Dad, I don’t need a big speech or anything. Really, it’s cool. All I need is love from you guys and I’ll be fine!” This leads to a chorus of ‘aw’s and ‘love you’s and a bunch of hugs from my mum. I hug her back, I’m pretty happy at all this! It’s so kind of my mum and dad to take me out to somewhere so expensive but nice as well. I feel completely at home because of what I’m wearing. I’m wearing the pretty lilac dress aunt Carol got me, the boots Harry got me, a cardigan I always keep in my closet for these occasions, and of course my amulet, which seems bonded to me. Even if I wanted it off I don’t think I could move it! The chain won’t come away from my skin and it hurts to try and pull it. Not like I’d want it off anyway, it’s part of who I am and it is my symbol. It’s basically an extension of me! And I love it. I feel like I’ll never get tired of it. And then the question springs to mind.

“Dad,” I say quietly. “What happens if you don’t get given your special piece of jewellery?”

“Exactly a day after the time you turned 15 officially you die. Nobody knows why, but you need to be introduced to your new form as soon as you can. That’s why I did it first thing in the morning.” He says bluntly. I shiver.

“Okay, is it possible to take off your jewellery?”

“Yes, if you cut it or break its signature charm.”

“What happens to you if you do that?”

“You die, instantly. As soon as it breaks you fall to the floor. It’s your main life source and your body relies solely.” I gulp. It all sounds very scary all of a sudden. What if I accidently yank it and it breaks? What if I fall over and smash the charm? My Dad reads my mind, (literally, I forget that he can!). “Don’t worry, our amulets are very resilient. I have fallen over many times and there isn’t a single crack or scratch on mine!” I breathe a sigh of relief. “But you do still need to be very careful! You only have one amulet, only have one life, you have to make the most of it and make sure you are always safe!”

“I know dad.” I say, bored. I hate it when he gives me the safety talk.

“Oh, sorry to bore you. Let’s start our meal!” I suddenly notice a waitress handing out our food. Was she there before? I don’t really care; I’m absolutely starving!

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