sweetheart." I wake up to see my parents standing at the foot of
my bed, their arms full of brightly wrapped boxes.
"Uggh," I manage
to groan unintelligibly. "What time is it?"
thirty." My mum says happily. I look at her in barely disguised
horror and she laughs. "Well I wanted to surprise you at six but
your dads made me wait."
"Come on Ebony
it's not every day you turn fourteen. Try to be a bit more
excited." Dad drops the presents at the foot of the bed and walks
up to give me a cuddle and whispers in my ear. "For your mum's
I put on a big
fake smile for mums benefit and start opening the presents. "Wow
mum thanks just what I've always wanted." I hold up two pink
dresses and a pair of skinny jeans.
"Do you think
you have enough room for more clothes?" dad laughs as he looks
over towards all of the clothes pouring out of my
"Ha ha dad." I
laugh sarcastically as I start putting my presents away. I look
at the time and see that its seven thirty. "It's late mum, dad
I'm going to have to start getting ready for school now."
"Ok, ok we can
take a hint hunny. We'll be downstairs don't take too long
getting just because it's your birthday you can't be late." My
dad laughs as him and mum leave me.
I quickly get
ready for school putting on my new pair of skinny jeans and my
favourite top, an orange silky singlet with pink flowers on it.
Then I run a brush through my long black hair marvelling at how
the ringlets stay perfect falling around my back and face. You
think that I'd be used to the fact that no matter what I do my
hairs always perfect but it still always awes me.
"Ebony hurry up
or you're going to be late." At my father's yell I look at the
clock and laugh shaking my head.
"Dad its only
eight I still have half an hour till I have to leave for school."
I yell down the stairs not even bothering to leave my room.
"Besides I still have to do my makeup."
After I finish
putting on my makeup I go downstairs and grab an apple for
breakfast, picking up my schoolbag on my way to the door.
"Don't forget to
come home strait after school Ebony, we have a surprise for
"Sure mum I'll
come straight home." I reply. Great "I think to myself I wonder
what they've got planed? I've got no friends so they can't be
throwing a party, and they have no family members to invite over.
I wonder what the surprise is?
The school day
passes surprisingly quickly for me, I'm so lost in thought
wondering what the surprise my parents have planned for me is
that I don't even notice all the weird looks the other students
give me. Not that I pay attention to it anyway everyone's always
shooting the foster kid with the creepy black eyes strange looks,
usually I just shoot them greasies back or ignore it.
When the final
bell sounds I quickly pack up my school bag and rush out the door
anxious to get home. I practically run all the way home the day
of wondering what the surprise is, actually making me excited for
whatever it is. When I get home I see a strange black car parked
in the front yard. Whose here? I wonder as I walk to the door,
I've never seen this car before.
"Ahh Ebony your
home good." As soon as I walk in the door my dad calls out to me.
"Can you come in here sweetie there's someone we want you to
I walk into the
lounge room to see the most handsome man that I've ever seen
sitting on our couch. He's tall and muscular with jet black curls
falling around his face and blood red lips. I look up to meet his
eyes and with a start notice that their exactly the same as mine,
as black as ebony, he looks just like we could be related, even
though that's impossible all my family died before I was born. He
gets up from the couch and walks over to me holding out his hands
and pulls me into a tight hug. "Ebony it's so good to finally see
manage to get out.
"Of course you
were only a baby when you father had to give you over to Sue and
Peter here for your protection."
At the confused
look on my face he stops talking and looks over at my
"We thought it
would be best for her if she didn't know Fallow." My mum explains
to him. "We wanted her to have as normal a life as possible
before she had to leave."
At that I snap
my gaze over to her and exclaim. "Leave! What on earth are you
talking about mum? Leave where?"
"Why to your
kingdom of course, the unseelie court." I look at the stranger
named Fallow with blank eyes. What on earth is he talking about,
"Ebony you're an
unseelie fairy princess, your father left you with us because he
knew that there were plots for him to be assassinated and he
didn't want you in danger." As my father explains this I just
look at him in confusion is he really serious? "Now that you've
turned fourteen you'll be coming into your powers and you can
live with mortals anymore because you'll be a danger to
"Powers? I have
powers? I don't feel any different, what powers am I supposed to
have?"I practically demand hoping that they'll laugh and tell me
this is just a joke.
"Your gift is
manipulation, you can change the way people think to suit what
you want without them knowing, that's why you never get detention
even though you start fights at school. You've had that since you
were young. We don't know what your hand of power will be yet but
it will be powerful and dangerous since you take after your
father so much, that's why you have to leave the mortal world
behind we can't have it happen and hurt someone."
As my mum
explains all this to me so seriously it starts to sink in. So
this is why I'm so different to everyone else, why I fell like I
never fit in, because I'm not mortal. I look at the stranger, at
how similar we look and let the question blurt out. "So are you
my father then?"
"No I'm your
uncle, your father was assassinated shortly after he left you
here." He smiles sadly as he tells me this.
"I know this is
a lot for you to take in right now but we do have to
"So soon." I cry
out looking at my parents. "But I haven't packed or
ebony we've already packed everything while you were at school,
Fallow's taken them to your new home." My mum comes up and hugs
me goodbye as she says this.
My father comes
up too and kisses me on the forehead. "It's really for the best
I look at my
parents and smile sadly. "I'll miss you, mum, dad."
"We will too."
They reply and I walk to the front door with my uncle Fallow. I
look back one last time at my parent's faces trying to memorise
them and then walk out the door and into my new life.