Excerpt Two: The Wishstone Finds Pandora
head popped up from behind the chest. She scrambled to her feet
clutching what appeared to be a radiant crystal egg the size of
least that's what Thea thought Pandora was holding. But Thea couldn't
be certain. There was something wrong with the lights. Thea guessed
someone had tripped over a wire in the stampede. Most of the overhead
lights had dimmed-except for the lights in the front of Michael
Ryan's booth, which sputtered intermittently over Reyah, Lydia and
a couple of guys wearing headsets.
of the booth lights in the next aisle popped in flashes of red,
and the air smelled faintly of burning rubber. The funky little
lights nestled in the gauze canopy over Reyah's booth took on a
From her post at the entrance to the booth, Brigid inquired, "What
have you got in your hand, Pandora?"
a Wishstone," Pandora said. "It found me under the table."
found her? Liz rubbed her forehead harder.
guess something worse could've found her," Thea replied.
have a point.
looked at Liz. Something odd had happened, but Thea couldn't quite
put her finger on what it was.
can you make everything right with something that doesn't exist?"
Free asked. "Besides, if I were going to make a wish, it wouldn't
be to fix what's wrong now, it'd be to go to Domain. As Freya, Mistress
of Leaf and Vine. I'd be beautiful, and Stefan would love me, and
I'd be happy."
frowned. "Don't you mean 'Theron'?"
shook a dusty finger at Kait. "Don't confuse her with details. I
like Free's wish."
a matter of fact, so do I," Sarah said. "If I were my fan fiction
character, I'd get so lucky I'd be bow-legged."
do I have a bad feeling about this? Thea massaged the back of
aren't the only one," Liz replied, chafing her arms as if she were
one what?" Brigid asked.
Thea said, I've got a bad feeling about this wish stuff."
took a step back from Liz and Thea. "Oh. Like Thea said.
Uh huh, okay, whatever, Liz." Brigid's expression clearly indicated
something wasn't right.
be a party pooper, Liz," Anna chimed in. "I'd love to get my hands
on the real Alfred."
I could have cool armor and a kick-ass sword." Kait put her hand
to her forehead and pretended to swoon. "I'm in!"
we really could go, wouldn't that be something?" Marisol said.
it would, wouldn't it," Brigid agreed.
Everybody's got the same wish," Pandora said. "Now all we have to
do is figure out how we want to say it."
everybody," Kait pointed out. "Liz and Thea haven't said they want
a minute, Thea could've sworn she heard Liz arguing with herself.
A mischievous grin spread across Liz's face. We're going to regret
this, you know.
your point is?
in," Thea and Liz said at the same time.
guys are spooky," Kait complained. "Don't you think you're carrying
the shared brain thing a little too far?"
brain, schmared brain. Are we ready to make the wish or what?" Keeping
a tight hold on the crystal, Pandora shrugged off her backpack.
She handed it to Kait. "Put this someplace safe."
Pandora set the crystal in the middle of the table. "Brig, would
you move the chest? We need enough room so everybody can put a finger
on the Wishstone."
finger?" Liz asked as they gathered around the silk-draped table.
we sing 'Kumbaya' while we're at it?" Thea said, trying to ignore
the prickles of electricity emanating from the crystal. She didn't
know why the crystal egg felt that way. It didn't feel evil, just...well,
sparkly. Maybe there was a storm brewing, and the static electricity
was what affected the lights. Thea didn't want to consider the other
possible explanation her all too fertile imagination offered.
you guys quit joking around? This is serious." Pandora took
a deep breath and closed her eyes. "Let us begin," Pandora intoned.
"Hear us, oh Wishstone. We, the Daughters of Reyah, wish to go to
Domain-the real Domain..."
sang, "Not the fake Domain, but the real Domain."
real Domain," Pandora repeated, "As the real Daughters
of Reyah, with all the powers and abilities..."
beauty," Free interrupted. "Don't forget beauty."
straight," Anna said. Thea recalled Anna had won several beauty
contests in college.
don't forget the youth." Sarah tapped her finger on the Wishstone
for emphasis. "We want to be young too. Twenty-five, tops,"
got all that?" Anna asked.
opened her eyes and glared at Anna, Free and Sarah. "...as the real
Daughters of Reyah, with all the powers and abilities and youth
and beauty we wrote for our fan fiction characters and much, much
more." Pandora cocked her head at the group. "Okay?"
make it so."