Here is another installment of my story!
“May I open it?” she asked them.
“Of course you may sweetie,” they spoke together. “It is your birthday.”
As she lifted the lid she held her breath. Her first glimpse was one of awe. It was more beautiful than she had imagined. It was more beautiful than Kayla’s It was made up of different colored stones, she saw turquoise, dark green, purple, pink, and light green. Perhaps it was the fact that it was her bracelet that made it more beautiful she did not know. What she did know was that it was perfect! And it was hers!
She was fastening it on her wrist when her mother spoke again. The tone of urgency she heard in her mother’s voice made her pause and listen intently to what her mom was saying.
“Lacey, you must keep it on you for the next twelve months. You mustn’t take it off for any reason. If you do you will face unfortunate consequences. Consequences you may not understand and may not be able to handle. It is important for you sanity and your maturity. Heed what I am saying, go back and read the book again. read the folklore! the last was spoken with an intensity that surprised her so much that all she could do was stare at her mother in complete and utter astonishment.
Then with full force she spoke, “Yes mom, I do understand. I know the legend, but if it’s that important I will read it again.” She could amost laugh at her mother’s insistent attitude if she hadn’t heard the hysterical worry in her voice. She would read the story again and she would wear the bracelet forever! Why wouldn’t she? It would go with everything she wore and besides it was a rite of passage. She was growing up and the bracelet proved it!
The ringing in her ears brought her attention from the bracelet and her mother and back to the kitchen and the ringing phone as it buzzed.
“Hello,” she spoke into the receiver as she placed it to her ear. The voice on the other end had an excitement which matched her elation. “Good morning Kayla.”
The voice on the other end whispered, “Did you get it?”
“Yes, and it’s already on my wrist” she said breathlessly. “Oh Kayla it’s is beautiful!”
“Oh Lacey, I am so happy for you!” Kayla spoke with exhuberance, excited for her friend. “You know what this means don’t you? This means no more kid games, now we have to act grown up,” she said teasing her friend. She giggled as Lacey spoke up in defense.
“Speak for yourself Kayla. I’m me and not likely to be anything else for a while. You have had your bracelet for a while now and you’re not grown yet. She giggled too, and when the bout of giggling subsided, both girls sighed and tried to be serious again.
“Well,” Kayla said. “I won’t keep you from your breakfast. I was just curious to see if you had received your bracelet yet. I will see you in school Monday.”
“Yes,” Lacey replied. ” I will see you Monday.” With that she hung up the phone and turned back to her family and breakfast. She was suddenly very hungry!