Chapter 1

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What if I asked you "do you believe in magic?"  

I'm sure the answer I'd get would be something like "No" or "No way in hell" or even "Pffftttt!" 

Well, take it from me, magic is real, totally one hundred percent REAL. 

Is it possible to be born with magical powers? The answer to that is DEFFINITELY! 

Doesn't it sound cool, having magical powers to flaunt? 

If you've got it, flaunt it, right? W-R-O-N-G! 

*** 

Okay, I was born with magical powers and well, I've always been different from others. 

In grade school, I was always the social outcast. 

In high school, I could never settle in, probably because we kept moving from state to state because my dad has always been greedy. The moment he gets a job offer for a hundred bucks more, we move, again! 

Moving is not fun, let me tell you, it's a lot of hard work, especially for the kid, I mean, a new school, having to make new friends, it's not fun. And to think some people actually enjoy moving. It may be fun the first time or two, but once you have lived in every single state in the United States of America, it gets old, like REAL old! 

So, now, we are living in New York, and to tell you the truth, I kinda like the whole "New York feel".  

*** 

" Natalie dear, wake up. It's your birthday, darling." Said mum, tapping me on the shoulder with an excited face. "Happy birthday Natalie!" 

"mmmm" was all I could say, slowing dozing off once again. 

"I've got a little surprise for you, darling. Hurry up and get ready" 

Oh My Gosh! I can't believe it, I'm finally 17, baby! 

I jumped out of bed and raced to my connecting washroom to get myself changed.  

When I get downstairs, my mum brings me outside to see my "surprise" 

"It's a car right mum?" I asked with my eyes blindfolded. 

"Just wait!" Mum replied. 

I was so sure it was a car, I mean, I could even smell the "new car scent". 

"Okay, you can open your eyes.... Now!" 

I quickly opened my eyes expecting to see a Range Rover, or a Mercedes Benz, but all that I saw was a bicycle, an ugly one at that. 

" So mum, where's my present?" I asked 

"There! The bicycle!" 

I was speechless. Err... Hello?! Girl just turned 17 here, I can drive! 

"Thanks mum." I said, trying to sound as genuine as possible 

"Okay, what's bugging you?" 

"Nothing. I'm just hungry, mum. You know I haven't eaten yet" 

"Hmmm..." replied mum, not sounding convinced at all! 

WOW! What a lovely present mum!

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