Books: Page 1 Challenge
Status: Elevated to Round 2
The tale of a girl's accidental discovery of her hidden ancestry and the dark talent that lies dormant within her.
“Shhh, don’t wake your sister!”
“What is it mummy?”
“Quick, take this.”
Something sparkled in the moonlight.
“What is it?”
“It’s a necklace and it’s very, very special. You must look after it always.”
“Why is it special?”
“Because it’s magic!”
The girl giggled. She was six - old enough to know that magic was just a made up story for babies.
The woman lowered the necklace over her daughter’s head, guilty, ashamed, but knowing she had no choice. There was no other way.
“You must never take it off querida, never!”
The girl recoiled at the sudden ferocity.
“Sorry, I didn’t mean to scare you. But no, you must never take it off.”
“But what if someone tells me to?”
“Nobody will. It’s got a spell on it, so nobody will be able to see it unless you tell them it’s there – and you must never, ever tell. Do you understand?”
“Yes…” her disbelief was clear, but time was short. It would have to do.
“I promise I won’t tell.”
“Ok, ok.” It wasn’t nearly enough, but it would have to do. Time had run out.
“Go back to sleep now querida. I love you.”
“I love you too.”
The woman stroked her hair as she quickly drifted back to sleep, before bending and kissing her forehead.
“Goodbye little one.”
She moved to the other bed. The younger child slept soundly. She, too, she kissed goodbye.
Suddenly, through the open window, a distant noise caught her attention. It was so low that she could not even be sure she heard it.
But she knew: it was time.
They had come for her.
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The winner of the June Challenge: Little Vines is....
LilyFramboise with Liberty Rose
The following five are this month's runners up:
| The Pencil by angelb35 | Fair Light by Satyr | Resonance Rush by BDassing |
| One Pazuzu, Two Pazuzu, Three Pazuzu by nv773 | The Pebble by Mayham |
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"This was a difficult challenge. There were some excellent entries that would otherwise have placed, but were more of a big vine than a little vine..."
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