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Story Title: Wishes
Cam imagined walking into a large, dark cave. Its empty corners were concealed by darkness and the stalactites dripped water from above. One droplet landed on Cam's head and she laughed, brushing it off. She dove deeper into the cavern to find a large rock sitting in front of her. It was illuminated by the faint glow of fluorescent earth. On the enormous boulder was a small pattern that looked like a flower blossoming.
Cam touched it. The pattern bloomed - somehow - into a full and beautiful rose on the rock. She felt a breeze brush past her and in her ear, Cam heard something whisper. "You can now see the dreams and hopes of others," it echoed. This voice startled Cam so much that she snapped back to reality. Just as she had awoken, the bell rang loud and clear, telling her that the day was over. Cam grabbed her backpack from under the solid desk and swung it over her shoulder. She exited the classroom and trudged back home, thinking the dream was just part of her strange imagination. When Cam got home, she put her bag down.
Something was different.
Cam unpacked her schoolbag on the kitchen table while she listened and answered to her parents inquiring questions about how her school day had been. She knew their worries by now, they had moved to this neighborhood four months ago and though she had no objections to it, Cam´s parents were watching their daughter closely.
Some kids went through school with nothing but the same usual troubles (first love,petty fights with friends, drinking and occasional smoking). Other people’s kids could go through a more harsh time in school, bullying, drugs and even worse trouble.
Since Cam´s parents were well educated folks they also knew that there was always the slight chance that things more horrific than that could occur. They would have to be careful, moving to a new place was always a breeding ground for a kid’s falling out with their parents. At least, Cam´s parents had read, according to the experts who studied these things.
But now there was something else