You're cleaning out your attic one day and you find a box full of crystal balls. Each glass globe contains a single name. You break the glass globe on accident and immediatly a person appears. What happens next? Who is the person? Where do they take you and what do they say?


3. Mysterious Package

A few months after Mother’s death, I decided it was time to clean out the attic. After a couple hours in the stuffy and humid air I grew tired of cleaning and searching for anything really. I walked down the attic stairs and peered out the window out at the beautiful day in May. My birthday was in two days and all I wanted was to be back in my mother’s arms. As I watched out the window I found a child across the street in the park playing with a ball. Then another little girl sat eating ice cream with her mother tugging at her arm.

“Lady Elizabeth, please come down child! You have a package waiting for you.”

         I hurried down the steps and tore the package out of Amelia’s hands. I sat down on the couch and undid the white ribbon and took off the brown paper. Then the note fell out onto my lap. I put the box down and picked up the note. The note smelled strongly of Mother’s perfume and it was addressed to me. ‘To Elizabeth Analise Colter on her 18th Birthday, may you find joy in this world in your days of being an adult. P.S If I am gone by the time you turn 18 don’t forget the glass globes from your childhood.’

“The glass globes, Emetine I remember Mother telling me the stories about the glass globes.”

“Your mother loved those globes. Every time she ever grew lonely or afraid she would run to the cellar and call out the names written on the glass globes.”

“Are they in the cellar now?”

“No Lizzie, those globes disappeared the night you were born.”

“May 10, 1882?”

“Yes almost eighteen years ago. Your father died that night as well. Lord James was a good man, you look very much like him.”

         I put the letter back in the envelope and laid it down. I picked up the box and carefully lifted up the lid. Beneath the layers of tissue paper I found a silver tiara that was small and intricate. I also found a pair of shoes like paper. There was a dress of mint green that was also like paper. Then a charming necklace that had a feather hanging from a long chain, I quickly fasted the necklace and stood up to slip the slippers on my feet.

“Oh Elizabeth, go change I would love to see you in your dress.”
“No Amelia, no Emetine. I think I’ll save this for the blessed occasion of my 18th birthday.”

“As you wish, what kind of cake would you like this year?”

“Since it is just the four of us, I was thinking something simple and yet elegant.”

         Amelia and Emetine exchanged glances and Amelia giggled.

“Should we tell her?”

“Tell me what?”

“I’m making you a three layer chocolate cake with white and blue icing. For supper we are having lasagna with a side salad and a glass of wine. For an appetizer we are serving breadsticks and cheese slices.”

“Amelia, you don’t have to and Emetine you don’t have to either.”

“We insist, a young lady only turns eighteen once.”

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