Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Aquamarine: A Mini Novella ~ Part 1

My mom just had to name me Aquamarine. I was born in March, by the sea, on a Tuesday when the stars were all aligned, so she just HAD to name me Aquamarine. Can you imagine how hard it is for a fourteen year old to be named after a gemstone? I feel like I belong in the "The Little Mermaid" singing along with my sister, Ariel, while we scheme against our dad, Triton, and wish we had feet. But I can't swim and I definitely can't sing.

I tried to go by Marine, even Mari, but it never failed the first day of school no matter how much I begged there would always be one teacher who would refuse to call me Mari, shouting my given name to the entire student body. Next thing I knew the hippy jokes would start to fly.

"So your name's Aquamarine? Yeah, I thought I smelled patchouli when you walked in."

"Hey where's the commune and don't they let your twenty brothers and sisters come out to play?"

A: I have never worn patchouli, neither does my mother and B: I'm an only child. People want to know if I practice witchcraft, pray to trees and/or dance around naked during the full moon and high tides. I don't.

Most people who let me answer one of their ridiculous questions are pretty amazed to find out my mom's a prosecutor for the state and that we live in a simple three bedroom house in the suburbs. We eat take out, drink out of Styrofoam and watch trash television, just like everyone else.

But with a name like Aquamarine it doesn't matter who your mother is, you're gonna be a target. And right now the silver bullet herself was walking toward me, Chelsea Green. With her entourage by her side, she locked her eyes with mine.

"I can't believe you decided to show up today," she blinked her heavy massacred eyes.

"Why wouldn't I?" I asked, not dropping my stare. I had never let her bully me and I wasn't going to start letting her now.

"Because of that." She pointed to the wall behind me. I followed her gaze and dropped my books when I saw it.

To Be Continued...

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