Lilac smiled at the only family she had ever known. They were gathered around the table as she opened the presents from each of them. From Uncle Fredrick there was a live bird...he liked to drink his blood fresh and assumed everyone else did too. The vampires around her had their quirks, and her mother was no exception. She would preen in front of a mirror, as if fixing her appearance, even though she had no reflection. As a result the birthday present from her was a hand held mirror from centuries ago.
Along with the change in her age, Lilac also was expected to begin training under the Lady Sheryl to succeed her as the next Primus. She dreaded the idea. She hated that she and her clan of vampires had to drink blood in order to live. She hated that every mirror and camera said she didn't exist. She hated hiding in the dark. She had never felt sun on her skin. She had never had the chance, her mother hiding her away to prevent the sizzling that exposure to sunlight would cause. She hated the way she had to live, but for her there was only this one life. She had always been a vampire. And would be one until her body decayed from centuries of use. She felt like a coward and a prisoner. But neither could be changed.
Especially not now. She sighed inwardly.
She was finally seventeen.
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Lilac laughed with her best friend. Kieran was the funny one in the clan. Her jokes were dry and humorous, and her pranks were always new and outrageous. Kieran was a dark haired beauty, just like all the other vampires in the clan.
Only Lilac was different, and that was how she got her name. Lilac hair hung around her shoulders,cascading in unruly waves. She was often excluded from any venture into the outside world. The only excuse that the others could use was her hair. It was so light and more likely to be noticed. That would've been a disaster at night when they sprawled out to find something that could satisfy their thirsty appetites.
Lilac nudged Kieran and whispered,"Hey I want to show you something. I've never showed anyone this before." Kieran nodded, wondering what secret Lilac could ever hide from the others. Lilac dragged Kieran into the room where they bathed. Kieran watched, confused, as Lilac turned on the faucet. Then she gazed at the water.
Kieran laughed."Okay you got me. Nice prank. Let's go." She turned to walk away, but sensed that Lilac was not following. She spun around to see what was up with her friend, and her eyes grew big. The stream from the faucet was flowing up, forming a shape, going against nature. Kieran looked at Lilac. Lilacs eyes had turned into a glowing purple. "Oh my god Lilac." Kieran breathed in shock. "You can control water."