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In a small nondescript town on the outskirts of a forest somewhere in England…

On the last day of school a small girl of about eleven ,by chance ,decided to take a detour back to her place of residence .The girl didn't care that it was the last day of the school year and that most students would be rushing home to start the holidays as fast as possible. Instead, she took her time and wandered slowly through the forest. While all of this might seem unusual for a girl her age the most unusual thing about this girl was that, she did not know her real name or her real age or her real parents, in actuality she didn't have any parents at all, she lived at the local orphanage .

The girl had grown up there for as long as she could remember but she had been told that a man had dropped her off at the orphanage when she was just a baby, however other then that nothing was known about her .She had asked about the man ,of course ,but she had been told that he was old and had a beard and other then that no one knew anything bout him. The orphanage had guessed she was only a month old when she was left there, if that. When she was old enough she was given a big book of names and told to pick one .In the end she had picked the name that she thought suited her the most: Samantha Evans.

Samantha or Sam as she preferred to be called had deep red hair that reached down to just below her shoulders, she wasn't overly tall or overly short but just a sort of comfortable height and she had dark emerald eyes.

As Sam walked through the forest, she let her mind wander here and there at the moment she was thinking about school and the upcoming holiday. The feeling she had was something between relief at school finally being over, apprehension at the coming holidays and the usual feeling of deep and utter loneliness at her lack of friends or family. She would be happy with either but she knew she thought that she would never get either, her family had already abandoned her and the other kids at school for the most part ignored her and for the rest they bullied her.

Sam was pulled out of her thoughts quite suddenly by a flash of bright light just off to her left which was then followed by a strong gust of hot wind. After the wind died down Sam went to investigate it, she found a large crater around which the foliage was still burning ,all in all it looked as if a small bomb had gone off.

'What on earth happened here?' she thought.

In the middle of the pit, she saw a dark forest green stone ,she was immediately captivated by its colour it was exactly the emerald that people associated with her eyes it was honestly beautiful. Sam slid down the newly formed slope and picked up the stone, as opposed to the area around it the stone itself was cool , it was around thirty centimeters long and wasn't very heavy .

'I wonder how this stone got here; I guess it could be a meteorite.'

Sam put down her school bag on the ground and carefully placed the stone in to it. She then slung her bag over her shoulder and scrambled up the slope. She suddenly felt a little less lonely, she knew it was irrational but it was true and it made her feel a little happier.

Sam continued her walk back to the orphanage, after a while slowly strolling through the forest she checked her watch and her happiness fled as quickly as it had come. She was going to be horribly late and as a result horribly punished; she winced as she remembered the last time she had been punished.

Flashback …

CRASH

Sam rushed into the office of the orphanages director Mrs. Hamilton to find Julie, one of the orphans, standing next to a broken vase. As Sam looked at the vase, she realized two things first Hamilton would have heard the vase hitting the floor and would be heading towards the source and second that whoever was caught was going to be in deep trouble.

Julie looked up at Sam with wide eyes apparently having realized the same thing.

"I...I...It was an accident, I swear" stuttered Julie

Sam sighed and then said, "Then go "

"But…if... What?" the little girl asked.

"I'll take the blame, Go" said Sam.

Julie looked up at Sam with wide eyes; Sam had the reputation around the town of being weird and therefore had no friends at school or at the orphanage as a result nobody knew what she was like and nobody bothered to find out. Therefore, Julie was surprised that Sam would offer to take the punishment instead of her, a girl that Sam barely knew. Because they didn't take time to know her they didn't know that same was very just and did all she could to help a person in need.

"Thanks." The girl said before she rushed out of the room.

A few minutes later a large imposing women entered the office slightly out of breath and when she saw Sam she roughly asked

"What was that crash girl?"

"It was an accident madam," replied Sam quietly knowing that nothing would save her from trouble so she should just be honest.

Mrs. Hamilton looked around the room and her eyes feel almost immediately on the broken vase.

"An accident?" asked Mrs. Hamilton in a dangerously low voice.

Sam just nodded.

"WHY YOU UNGRATEFULL LITTLE WRENCH HOW DARE YOU BREAK MY VASE. WHY WHERE YOU IN THIS OFFICE ANYWAY? YOU SHOULD BE A BIT MORE RESPECTFUL I GIVE YOU A PLACE TO LIVE, FOOD TO EAT AND PUT CLOTHING ON YOUR BACK AND THIS IS HOW I'M REPAID. YOU ARE GOING TO BE PUNISHED YOU BRAT AND YOU WILL BE LUCKY IF YOU CAN EVER LIE DOWN AGAIN!"

Mrs. Hamilton then retrieved a whip from her desk, grabbed Sam by her arm forcefully enough to leave a bruise, and forced Sam to expose her back so that she could be whipped.

The whip hit Sam's back and she let out a yell but did nothing to stop it. Mrs. Hamilton hit her repeatedly until Sam felt as if she would faint from the blood loss; she knew she was bleeding by the way her shirt stuck to her back.

When Mrs. Hamilton was satisfied that she had been punished enough she stopped and said

"You had better not miss dinner girl if you do then trust me when I say that you will not be eating for the rest of the week understand?"

"yes madam" replied Sam.

End flashback…

As Sam reached the orphanage, she looked at her watch, saw that it was three thirty and almost swore, she knew she was going to get it. And sure enough she has barely reached the gate when she saw Mrs. Hamilton open the door and give her a smile that sent shivers down her back .

"why Samantha what are you going to do this summer made any plans?" she asked in a sickeningly sweet voice.

"um…"Sam swallowed.

"No, let me tell you what is going to happen you are going to be whipped for being late and you will be lucky if you can lie down when I've finished with you girl. I am not here to wait for people like you to get their acts together understand?"

"yes madam" said Sam.