GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy
It was on the table in front of me. The glass filled to the rim. I pulled out my chair and sat down, my stomach already nauseous. Its scent hit my nose, a mix between salt, raw meat, and river water.
My mother sat across from me, her sharp green eyes staring, making sure I didn’t try to sneak away without drinking the liquid.
“It’s somewhat of…an acquired taste,” she said. “But once you feel its effects, you’ll crave it. An addiction you’ll welcome, I promise you.” She sat at the head of the table, her blonde hair pulled into a tight bun at the back of her head. Light bounced from the chandelier and onto her diamond earrings, the room swimming with dots of iridescent rainbows. I wanted to throw the glass against the wall.
“Do I have to drink it all?” I asked, my voice coming out softer than I wanted it to.
She nodded, her eyes slightly closing as she bowed her head.
I lifted the glass, the concoction swishing as I brought it up to my lips. I hesitated. The liquid was a deep purple with swirls of red that seemed to be alive. I’d seen my mother drink this a thousand times. I’d been witness to its effects, her eyes brightening whenever she drank it.
“There’s no need to be nervous,” she said. “You were meant to drink it.”
She’d been telling me this my entire life. But I still didn’t know where the liquid came from.