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The day that your life changes forever begins just like any other day. Lucinda was a little girl, 8 years old with long blonde hair and stunningly beautiful bright green eyes. Her mother was a healer, some called her a witch and others called her a cleric, but everyone knew she had magic. Lucinda lived in the Land of Oz, but not the Land of Oz you know, a different one. Oz was separated into four quadrants by a huge ocean that was commonly known as the dark sea. The west, where Lucinda lived, was called Westeria. She lived in a small cottage with her mother and two older twin sisters. Her sister’s names were Rosetta and Rosalie. Today was Lucinda’s eighth birthday, all she wanted was to be old enough to go in the big, deep swimming hole with her sisters. So as usual she skipped up the path toward the swimming hole to watch her sisters swim. When she got there she sat on the edge and dipped in her feet.
Then one of the older girls pointed at her and said “You are not supposed to be here you little brat!” This remark made Lucinda angry so she replied, “It’s my birthday and the only brat here is you, dum dum” the girl walked closer, a mean smile spreading on her face. Lucinda, who didn’t care, stuck her thumbs in her ears and wiggled her fingers. Her sisters now stepped closer to Lucinda, giggling, and said “Stop it Lisa.” “Quit teasing our sister.” But Lisa ignored them and splashed water all over Lucinda’s new dress as Lucinda hollered
“You stupid, crazy, dumb, mean freak what’ve you done” the girl grabbed a fistful of mud from the bottom of the swimming hole and chucked it at Lucinda. It hit, Lucinda shrieked and jumped up from the edge of the hole. She stepped back and hollered angrily “I’m gonna to kill you!!!”
Suddenly, he mean girl looked down at the water, a look of extreme pain spreading across her evil, mean, stupid face, as the water started to bubble. Megan stumbled backwards and let out the first of many screams. The water was boiling! Lucinda’s sisters were now screaming too. Lucinda grabbed them and, with all her strength, pulled them from the waters of dying children. She stumbled backwards pulling her sisters all the way out of the water. They were hardly breathing but thankfully, they were alive.
Lucinda, highly traumatized,heard the screams that she had caused repeating again and again as she screamed for help. She started dragging her sisters toward their home. Once she got there her mother yanked the three of them inside and put her finger to her lips as if to calm Lucinda. Next, she put her injured daughters on two small cots. Lucinda’s mom waved her hand over first Rosetta then over Rosalie, their burns healed immediately.
Then her mother said, “Lucinda dear, you were the one who boiled those kids in the swimming hole; you did so with your magic. I’m sorry that I didn’t tell you sooner, I swear, but give me a chance to explain. Please,” When Lucinda finally stopped sobbing uncontrollably and started crying softly she continued. “Our family comes from a long line of very powerful witches, our power only shows up around the age of 8 which would explain why yours just so happened to come today. The reason I didn’t tell you before is because I didn’t want to worry you. therefore, I caution you to be learn to control your emotions because generally they control your magic. So please listen to this warning my dear and be careful what you feel because the last thing we want is for you to hurt innocent-“ Her mother was cut off as there was a ruckus at the door which included much angry yelling.
Her mother hugged Lucinda close and whispered, “My darling, you need to run to the woods through the back door. Then you need to break off a twig of the Archimedee wood tree to use as a wand. Next find food, water and shelter. Do this when I tell you, and at no other time. Do you understand me?” “Yes” replied a very nervous Lucinda. So she stepped over the creaky board while trying to hide how terrified she was, and jogged the rest of the way to the back door. She put her hand on the knob. Then there was another loud knock and her mother opened it to an angry mob. Lucinda heard people shouting “Witch, witch she’s a witch! And her whole family too!” That was when she realized, she might never see them again.
The crowd seemed to be carrying something and Lucinda realized it was the bodies of the children who died at the swimming hole. Some men pushed through the crowd, grabbed Lucinda’s mother and threw her into a glowing net. At this moment her mother yelled, “NOW LUCINDA, RUN!” at that Lucinda burst through the back door and ran toward the woods. She stopped abruptly because a large scary looking man blocked her path and thought she remembered him from somewhere. Then it hit her, he was Lisa’s father.
She was afraid, and thought that this was the end, then a fountain of blood burst out of his ears. He screamed and she screamed as she watched him fall to the ground, dead. As she screamed, she jumped over the puddle of blood, and ran into the woods, away from the dead man.
By the time she ran out of breath she would’ve been completely lost, had she not spotted the great Archimedee wood tree. When Lucinda was little, she and her sisters had played with the fairies. Usually Rosalie would pretend to be a crow and chase Rosetta and Lucinda, as they would pretend to be fairies. Once, Lucinda had climbed on a thin branch which had snapped under her weight. She’d lost her balance and tumbled almost 20 feet! When she was about to hit the ground she was caught by some fairies who gently led her down to safety. After that she had thanked them and returned the favor by scaring a hawk away from their tree. As she ran up to it this time she asked the tiny fairy’s if she may have a small twig their tree. The fairies said it was fine and that they would fix the tree later.
Lucinda took the wand and thanked them for their kindness. She wandered toward the sound of a babbling brook, and when she pushed aside a leaf she discovered that there was indeed a little pond full of clean water. She took the little clay bottle from her belt where she kept it and filled it in the brook. Suddenly, the water turned red, the color of the blood of those she had killed; she screamed and dropped the water bottle on the ground. Then she realized that it was just her imagination. She willed the images away and refilled her water bottle. Then, she took a sip of it and realized that it was clean water. She remembered what her mom had said to do next, find food.
So she looked around for some berries that she could eat. Growing on the trees around her she saw all sorts of berries. She saw Rainbow berries, Red berries, Green berries and Pancake berries. Then she saw lunch pails growing on trees! She hurried and picked a ripe one from the tree, opened it, and ate it. Inside she found a loaf of bread, an apple, and some cheese. She ate it happily while sitting on a rock by the Archimedee tree. It was getting dark when she finished eating, so she started looking for sticks and small branches so she could build a fire. She found several and some spark rocks so she built a small fire. It burst to life and she fell asleep beside it almost instantly, she woke up to the sound of two voices. She listened closer and heard “Well that sucks for you and her because I’m hungry. We should eat her.” the other voice replied, “Well what if she has a family that she needs to get back to? Or-or what if she’s dangerous, you know, like a vampire or something!” “Well too bad, I’ll take my chances” that was all she heard because then she jumped up and saw an ent. A ent is a two headed giant that argues with itself and eats humans, but it is afraid of vampires. Lucinda started to run, afraid for her life. The left head said,”Get her!” and that was the last thing it said because the next thing she knew, Lucinda turned and pointed the wand at the ent’s head and it exploded. Guts flew everywhere as well as brains and blood. It was very scary to an eight year old to both have that kind of power and be drenched in blood. She screamed and ran far away from the dying ent. All the while hearing its heads screeching in agony as it rolled on the blood splattered ground behind her. She was so far from home that all of the trees started to look the same; it was then that she finally accepted that she was never going home. She sat on a rock and started to think. She made it her life goal to rescue her mother and sisters from the slave traders. She vowed to kill the men who sold her family.
She thought about her father and took the half picture her father had given her before he left her family, out of her dress pocket and looked at it. It was old and tattered and there was only half, the right half to be exact. She studied it, it was a picture of him, half of a small painted portrait. In the picture he was wearing a suit. She put the portrait in her pocket and wondered where he had gone so long ago, if he was still alive, and if she could find him, would he help her kill the men who had taken her mother? Later she would discover that her dad wasn’t even in Oz anymore.
She began to weep…