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- Chapter 1 -

Her Quiet Beginnings

Mira’s first memories were all in a big, quiet house. There was no one but Mira and her teddy bears. A woman, presumably her mother, would visit her occasionally, bringing new toys and snacks. It was a peaceful life, one the young Mira didn’t mind living.

Mira’s time in that peaceful home was cut short. One day, a pain flared in her head. It felt as if her head was splitting open. The pain went on and on, and Mira was unable to hold back her screaming. After hours of suffering, the pain stopped, but the damage was already done. She was being taken away from the comfort of her home in a vehicle with flashing lights that was completely foreign to her. Mira was exhausted and fell asleep as the sirens whirred around her.

Mira awoke in a hospital bed to the sound of her mother yelling.

“You can’t take her away from me!” she cried.

“I’m sorry ma’am, but all of the evidence points towards you being negligent. The child needs someone with her all the time at this age.” A man said apologetically. “You left her all alone every time you went to work. It's a miracle she wasn’t hurt.”

Mira’s mother glared fiercely at him and said, “You don’t understand! She’s a special child. She didn’t need to be taken care of.”

The man shook his head with a sigh. “Someone else will be found to take care of her.” Soon, Mira was sent to a foster home.

Her foster parents made sure she went to school and she learned very quickly. Mira was a quiet child as a result of all her years alone, and she had very few friends at school. Instead of spending time with other children, she focused on studying and excelled in all of her classes.

Mira began to realize just how different she was from the other people she knew. She was able to read books far more advanced than her peers, and she could do math problems far faster than her classmates and even quicker than the teacher. Most noticeably, she had bright, pink eyes. Her eyes turned heads no matter where she went. All of these oddities only served to further isolate Mira from others, and she began to feel very lonely.