The Fae Factor
School: Watford City High School, Watford City ND Educator: Leslie Mans
AWARD: Gold Key, Science Fiction
"Eighteen Himas for these two fine ladies here!" shouted the auctioneer.
I snorted. Fine young ladies? Yeah, right. I kept my gaze ahead and moved my hand to intertwine my fingers with my sister, Summer. I could feel her hands shaking. She was scared.
My gaze looked critically over the buyers: rich people in fancy clothes that I had only ever worn at fancy parties. They must live in those things if they wore them to slave or servant auctions – take your pick, the concept is still the same.
I then remembered the day our parents disappeared.
My mother stood in front of me and looked at my face, holding me out at arm’s length while my father held Summer next to his chest as she cried.
"Ripple, whatever happens to us, you must promise me you'll be strong. Not for us, but for your sister."
I nodded solemnly. "I will," I said, my voice catching. Then my mom gave me a hug and stroked her hand through my blue hair. She then pulled away and looked at me with her sad, brown eyes.Then she and my dad pulled away and left. I wrapped my arms around my sister as she cried.
Back then, we hadn't known what we know now. We were both born odd. But while my sister had