GENRE: YA fantasy
The end of Lily’s world started with a pursuit of knowledge.
Sneaking into her mother’s bedroom wore her nerves to their breaking point. Her heart hammered in her chest and her hands shook as she neared the dresser. Quickly glancing over her shoulder reassured her that she was alone. She grabbed the photo frame, but her fingers, slick with sweat, lost their grip, and it plummeted to the ground. For a moment, she stared at its descent, her dreams shattering under the sudden roar filling her ears. Then she dove and caught the glass, reveling in the cold press of the metal casing against her hands.The world righted again while she waited for her hummingbird’s pulse to slow.
A soft rustle broke through her trance. Jerking to her feet, frame in hand, Lily hid behind the door. Darkness cloaked the hallway, but she couldn’t spot her mother. She ran back to her room and closed the door right as her knees gave way. Relief crashed into her in waves, coaxing a goofy grin to her face. She gazed at her prize until a voice startled her.
As usual, her mother sounded exhausted. If Lily opened the door, her mother’s forced smile would highlight the deep circles beneath her eyes. Eyes which would also flash the moment she noticed that Lily had stolen her wedding photo.