• Birthday Night

    Aurora stared into the flames, wondering how other people felt on their eighteenth birthday. It was a day that would define the rest of their lives, but no one ever talked about it. She knew why. Talking about it would make the possibility of it happening more real. Being a magic user could be a death sentence, if the wrong person happened to hear of it. Parents dreaded the thought of losing their child, while her generation was worried they’d never fulfil their potential. They all had plans for their future, something she’d never been able to do. After spending several days poring over the family trees of everyone in…

  • Talking to the Dead

    That morning I’d woken up, and there was something not quite right, but I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what it was, so I’d put it to the back of my mind. It wasn’t until much later I realised I shouldn’t have. Of course by then I was already in the midst of something I didn’t understand until much later. When it first happened I couldn’t have understood it. At the time we knew something unusual was happening, because a number of people had died on their 18th birthday. Unfortunately we didn’t know what was causing those deaths, so there was no way I could know what was coming,…

  • Talking to Margery

    Opal sat alone, in the room she’d once shared with Margery, and waited. Sleeping was much harder without the girl Opal thought of as her sister, and every time her aunt looked at her she knew the older woman wished it had been Margery who survived. There were times, normally late at night, when Opal wished it had been Margery too, even though she was grateful be alive. Her ability meant she could at least still talk to Margery, unlike her aunt. Everyone looked at the family differently, because they all knew Margery died blooming. “It’s not your fault,” Margery appeared on the bed next to Opal. “There was nothing…

  • Felicia Blooming

    The one thing Calix had hoped, ever since Tuula had come into their lives, was that Felicia would never bloom. It had been longer than he liked since their last conversation, because they both knew it was better for her if she didn’t spend too much time around him. Having Tuula as a part of their family had changed everything. Once it would have been normal for Felicia to spend hours with him, the two of them talking about what she’d been learning from her teachers, and he would teach her little things that they didn’t know, as they weren’t magic users. Fortunately. Otherwise Tuula would have had them removed…