I am currently quite ill, so today I’m going to show you the first quarter of the first chapter of a project I started last year. This opening basically goes into some detail about the life and feelings of a 13 year old girl named Emelia. She goes on to have some interesting adventures, but right now you’ll just get to know her. Thanks for reading!
Emilia sat cross legged on her bed. It was morning. She rubbed the sleep from her eyes and looked around; boxes were piled all around the strange room she was now supposed to call her own. Emilia’s parents traveled all over the country and sometimes overseas for their work. At the age of thirteen, Emilia had moved home six times, every time her parents bought a big house, let her pick her own room and gave her everything she could want. But the only thing they couldn’t give her, which Emilia wanted the most, was a friend.
had tried their best for Emilia; her mother was allergic to dogs, her
father to cats so they had gotten her a Bearded Dragon named
Archimedes. Emilia hated him at first. He did nothing but sit there
in a big cabinet, under a hot, bright bulb that hurt her eyes, and he
ate worms and smelled like the zoo, so Emelia ignored him, only
coming round to his cabinet to feed him with long blue tweezers or
laboriously remove his heavy tiles and wash the corners of his dusty,
day while Emilia was cleaning out his tank, she saw that he was
huddled in a corner, looking very sorry for himself. She carefully
grabbed him out and saw that he had laid a clutch of eggs! He was a
she! But Archimedes looked dark and ill and her legs wouldn’t work
properly, So Emilia quickly told her parents and made a hot water
bottle to keep Archimedes warm, before they rushed to the vet to see
what was wrong. The little spiky lizard had clutched onto Emilia so
tightly that through her worried tears she promised to never to
ignore her or say anything bad about her again.
in the vet’s was one of the worst times of Emilia’s life. Her mum
hadn’t let her talk to the vet after Archimedes had gone in, just
like every other time she had felt an important decision had been
made, Emilia wasn’t there. Her mum just said that her lizard was
very ill and the vet needed to operate on her, before sitting next to
Emilia, diligently checking her watch every five minutes and texting
on her phone. Emilia’s eyes had never been so red or puffy, and she
had never cried for a longer time. Hours passed and her mum had to
leave. Emilia’s dad arrived at the vets as it was getting dark. All
she wanted was a hug, but neither of her parents were ever very good
at stuff like that, he just said that he was sorry and that maybe
getting her such a strange pet was a bad idea. Emilia never hated him
more than in that moment and it echoed in her words.
never asked me. You never let me read about them; you just got her
for me one day. You got me work, dad, not a pet.”
dad looked incredulous for a second before remembering the situation.
He looked around nervously.
You could give him away after he’s better if you want. We just
thought we were doing the right thing.”
Emilia looked up at him and smiled ruefully.
a girl. I found that out today. I’ve had her for three months and I
never knew, and now she could die because I was too angry at you and
mum to care for her when she needed me. No, I’ll keep her. I owe
dad looked confused, but realising that his daughter wasn’t so
cross any more, he sat next to Emelia, put his arm around her
shoulder and squeezed. Emilia’s arms flew out and for a few stiff
moments they hugged in the green-walled vet’s waiting room before
her father cleared his throat and stood.
go and see if I can find anything out.” he said, before walking
around the corner towards the other rooms, leaving her alone again.
didn’t die. The vet came out and started speaking to Emilia’s
father, who, to her surprise, directed the vet over to her. The vet
explained that Archimedes had gotten one of her eggs stuck, and that
he got it out. She would be fine, but needed to rest for a few days
before she could take her home. On the car journey back, Emilia had
detailed to her father all the things she would need for Archimedes
and he silently nodded his approval. Three days later the little
lizard was presented to her, wrapped in a blanket covered in
unicorns, looking groggy and dark. Emilia carefully laid the soft
creature on her chest and hugged her gently, promising to make it up
That was a year ago. Now as Emilia sat quite content on her bed, surrounded by boxes, Archimedes lay on the windowsill; all wrapped in that unicorn blanket atop a hot-water bottle, bathing in the sun and looking suspiciously out onto the street below.