Amethyst stone necklace
It was unfair. The entirety of the situation was unfair. I had gone my whole life with Ava as my best friend, me always in her shadow. I, Lucy Stronghold, had found out about the secret to Ava McCarthy's success. The damn necklace she wears was the key to it all. She had picked it up at an yard sale about 3 years ago. Some old lady was selling her things out of the bed of her truck. As soon as Ava had picked up the stone necklace the old woman struck her a bargain. Soon after Ava had everything she could have ever wanted. She began to ace all of her school assignments, she made the varsity soccer team, she won the election for student body president and she even got the boy of my dreams. All of this just because of some ugly voodoo luck charm she picked up from somebody else's junk. I am not an overly jealous person. But when you spend 3 years known as Ava McCarthy's sidekick things start to rub you the wrong way.
But I had come up with the perfect plan to get the necklace for myself. During Spring of last year Ava got sick. Surprisingly, her good luck charm couldn't keep illness at bay. I like to think that my skills of persuasion are the best out there, I mean, I was able to convince Ava that the necklace that brought her good fortune for the past three years had her in the hospital sick with pneumonia. With the work of my silver tongue, I was able to get Ava to relinquish the necklace onto me. I remember exactly where I was when I first put it on. I was sitting on my bed in my bedroom after visiting her in the hospital. As soon as I clasped the jewelry around my neck my phone started to ring.
It was Kyle. The boy of my dreams, the one that Ava took from me. He had called me to see if we could get together to make Ava a get well basket. While it wasn't my preference for the first time we hung out to be in the sake of Ava I agreed. After that first time we began to hang out more. I had felt the true power of the necklace. I had taken Ava's spot as interim student body president and I had even found myself playing more on the soccer team. It wasn't until Kyle had told me he planned to break up with Ava that I knew I would no longer be the sidekick. I would be the hero.
We went to the hospital together, he was planning on telling her he had feelings for me while she was in bed. While that may be cruel, I was too focused on the fact that I was getting all I ever wanted. When we showed up to her room we were surprised to see Ava walking around and getting her things together. She had explained that she didn't have pneumonia anymore and was able to come back to school. I began to feel faint and my temperature ran high. She couldn't come back not yet! She had noticed the look on my face and pulled me towards the chair. I couldn't speak. No, I couldn't even breathe. She called in the nurse and had test run. What do you know...It was pneumonia.
So here I sit. In a hospital bed with no visitors. Ava had taken the necklace from my neck scolding me for not taking the same advice I gave her. Who would have thought that my fib about the necklace causing pneumonia would have been true. I lost everything I seeked to gain and what did I have left to show for it. An IV in my arm and tubes in my nose.
For this week's storytelling assignment I wanted to take the idea of betrayal and power from the story "The Secret Name of Ra" retold by Donald Mackenzie. In that story it, the "Mighty One" Ra becomes ill due to his daughter's jealousy of his power. She casted a spell to make a serpent strike him and make him fall ill. It ends with Ra's daughter, Isis, learning his secret name and having his power for herself. There were no consequences of her betrayal of her father. So I wanted to include that in my retelling. I felt that a betrayal of that sort deserves some sort of punishment. In my story the power is represented as a magical necklace which grants good fortune to whoever wears it.
Bibliography: "The Secret Name of Ra ", Donald Mackenzie (1907)