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The Rose- Tinted Amulet

August 19, 2021
By Holly-Smyth, Fairfield, Connecticut
Holly-Smyth, Fairfield, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
"Life is too short to spend at war with yourself."


Clara is a 12 year old girl who lives in a secluded cottage in the woods with her two parents. She was gifted a magical rose-tinted amulet when she was five years old by her father. The amulet was meant to prevent her from making any decisions that would endanger herself and those that she loved. She grows up on the belief that she is innately dangerous and self-destructive, and is rarely allowed to leave her cottage because of those tendencies. She accepts this narrative, but after her mother takes her own life without any clear warning signs she begins to reflect and question the stories she has been told about herself. Clara recounts memories from her childhood of her father's night terrors, her strange episodes following the reading of one of her mother's favorite books, and the stories about her brother who passed before she was born. Through her grief, she attempts to contemplate her relationship with her parents and trust herself, despite believing that she shouldn't

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The Rose- Tinted Amulet

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