Sam & Jess
“Yes, it is a very special necklace indeed, but why the yin-yang symbol?”
“My father said something about it representing unity, that each one of us have a masculine and feminine side and the yin-yang symbol shows the balance between them and also to remember where I came from and not to be afraid of showing some boyish characteristics.”
“I think he is right.” She said and looked at her bracelet. “And it’s a bit eerie that he chose that symbol.”
“Why is that?”
“Can you see my bracelet?”
“Yes, it is very pretty.” I said looking at it.
“Look closer.” She said lifting her arm and moving her palm upward.
“Oh my God.”
On her bracelet I see the same yin-yang symbol, but unlike my pendant the one in her bracelet is incomplete, showing only half of it.
“That’s so freaky.” I tell her. “But why your bracelet only has half of the symbol?”
“Josh’s has the other half of it. It has to do with our nature.”
“You mean the twins thing?”
“Partially I guess. It’s a little complicated.”
“What do you mean by complicated?”
“I’m sorry Sam, but I can’t tell you that, at least not yet.” She said sadly.
“But will you tell me eventually?”
“Probably. I don’t know why but I feel some connection to you.”
“Is it the symbol thing?”
“Maybe, but I think we met for a reason. I don’t think it’s a coincidence. Would you mind if I let someone take a look at your pendant? She is more knowledgeable about these things than I am.”
“What kind of things?”
“Sam, it might sound strange, but do you believe in magic?”
“To tell you the truth, if you had asked me that question yesterday I would say no, but after what happened to me last night I think I might. Do you think the pendant is magic?”
“I’m not sure. I mean, I sensed something in it when I touched it, but I can’t say what.”
“And do you think that person you want to take a look at my pendant might know?”
“I think so.”
“When can I meet her?”
“You already did. Today is her first day here.”
“You mean Diana?”
“Yeah, I think we can show her during lunch if you are up to it.”
“Sure. I want to know as much as you do. But I won’t take the necklace off.”
“Not even if it is dangerous?”
“How can it be? All I feel from it is a sense of love and protection. I feel it is the most precious gift my father could ever have given me.”
We left the ladies room and met Jess. It’s amazing how things can change in just a few days. I never had many friends before but now it seems my circle of friends keep growing almost daily.
“Sam, are you okay?” Jess asked me.
“I’m fine, why?”
“You seemed a little distant for a bit.”
“Sorry, I was just thinking how much things changed. I was a loner and now I feel like I’m making new friends almost daily. It’s a bit overwhelming.”
“I know what you mean. To tell you the truth I didn’t have many friends either, but ever since I met you things changed. I don’t mean I was a loner, but I only had very few friends. You know it’s amazing that ever since you let yourself be yourself you seem to attract people to you.”
“Is it a bad thing?”
“As long people don’t start hitting on you, no.”
“Or hitting me.” I added sadly.
“I pity the fool that tries to do that.”
“Because if someone tries something to you, will make a lot of enemies. By now not even most of the jocks will try to do anything to you. Not with half of the cheering squad on your side. If any of them try anything they won’t get a date for the rest of the year.”
“Now let’s go to class before we get late.”
The morning passed slowly, it was a bit hard to pay attention to the classes. I kept wondering what is going on. My life has become a little crazy lately. It feels like my life ended up in the Twilight Zone.
“Are you okay?” Jess asked me as we left the classroom for our lunch break.
“You don’t look fine. You seem worried and you been distracted the whole morning.”
“Sorry, it’s just that I think things are finally catching up on me. It feels like my life is completely crazy lately.”
“Do you want us to slow things down?”
“It’s not that part of my life that feels crazy. I think my last dream with my dad and the necklace appearing in the real world like magic when I woke up did that.”
“Oh. I think I know what you mean. I would think my life was crazy if that happened to me too.”
“Also I have the feeling that something bigger is happening and I’m not comfortable with it. I wonder why dad gave me this necklace. It feels that is more than just showing me his acceptance and his love for me.”
“You think there is a way to find out?”
“Yeah. Joan talked to me this morning and wants to show the necklace to Diana.”
“Her cousin? Why?”
“She said she is knowledgeable in these things, whatever she meant by that.”
“Did you and Joan set up a meeting place?”
“Not really. I thought of going to cafeteria like usual and meet her there or on our way. I don’t want to miss lunch even though the cafeteria food sucks big time.”
“The food is not that bad.”
“I had better meals in the hospital Jess. I guess that means something, don’t you think?”
“Okay, you do have a point.” She said and giggled.
We met with Joan and Diana just before we arrived at the cafeteria.
“Hey Sam, Hey Jess.” Joan greeted us.
“Hi Joan.” We said back in stereo.
“You two met my cousin Diana earlier today, right?”
“Yes we did. Hi Diana.” I said.
“Hi Sam, Hi Jess.”
“I told Diana about the necklace. You want to go somewhere more private for her to look at it?”
“Can Jess come too?” I asked.
“I guess so.” Joan said. “What do you think, Diana?”
“I don’t think it will be a problem.” She said.
“Okay, What about we pick something to eat and then go outside? Fortunately it is not too cold today.” I said.
“Already thought of that.” Diana said and showed us a big paper bag that I haven’t noticed before.
“Is there enough for the four of us?” Jess asked.
“I think there will be enough for all of us.” She said smiling.
We went outside and found a quiet spot for us to seat and talk, luckily the day was a bit cold but not uncomfortable.
“That is the necklace Joan told me about?” Diana asked me.
“Sure. You think you can tell me something about it?”
“I hope so.”
“So you want me to just show you or you want me to take it off?”
“No need to take it off. But I would like to touch the pendant if you allow me to.”
She reached out and picked up the pendant, looking at it for a little while with an puzzled look on her face.
“Hmmm… that is interesting. I don’t think I saw something like that before.” She said.
“So you can’t tell me anything about it?” I asked her.
“No, I know what this is.” She said.
“Can you tell us what it is then?” Joan asked.
“Is it dangerous?” I asked worriedly.
“No it’s not dangerous, quite the opposite actually and yes I can tell you what it is.”
“What is it then?” I asked.
“Before I answer that I want to know how you got it. It might answer a few questions I have and give you a better answer.”
“Didn’t Joan tell you?”
“No, she didn’t. I asked her but she felt you should tell me with your own words.”
I told her about my dreams with my father and what he said when he gave me the necklace. Somehow I felt that I needed to be completely honest with her.
I finished telling her and she looked thoughtful for a little while and said. “Thank you for being honest with me. It did answer the questions I had about it. When I first looked at it I sensed something in it. At first I thought it was some sort of spiritual amulet. I was right at that, but it is also much more.”
“What do you mean?” Jess asked.
“That pendant is overflowing with spiritual energy and I sense a small fragment of a soul in it.”
“You mean the pendant is alive?” I asked her.
“Not really. It’s more like an imprint. It’s a very small fragment. I believe your father did that for the feelings it conveys.”
“Are you telling me that I have a little piece of my father with me? If so, why did he do that?”
“There can be a lot of reasons, but I think the main one is to show you his love for you. There are other properties to the pendant too.”
“Which kind of properties?”
“As I said before it is overflowing with spiritual energy. That energy is interacting with your own energies and creating some sort of feedback. Some of that energy is some sort of healing energy and some of it is a protective kind. I never thought a human soul could do something like that.” She said sounding amused.
“So is Sam’s necklace magic?” Joan asked Diana.
“Not on the usual sense. That necklace uses another form of magic, a form of spiritual magic. It’s power comes her father’s love and concern for Sam’s safety and happiness.”
“You said it has some sort of healing energy. Can you tell what kind of effect it will have on Sam?” Jess asked.
“I’m not sure. I never encountered this kind of spiritual healing energy before.”
“You think it is something to heal her spirit?” Joan asked.
Diana shook her head and said. “No, her father already did that on those dreams. That is something else. I think it probably might help her heal faster from injuries, I’m not sure. All I can see about it is that it is active right now, slowly doing whatever it is meant to do.”
“Oh gosh, since when my life became this crazy?” I asked
“I think the moment you bumped into Jess.” Diana said. “That encounter started a chain reaction of events that brought you to where you are. You think you would be happier if that never happened?”
“No way, before I was miserable and lonely. Now I have friends and someone that I fell in love with.” I said holding Jess’ hands tightly. She looked at me and gave a heart melting smile.
“Yes, my life seems like something out of a Twilight Zone episode right now but I wouldn’t change a thing. I just hope things get a little more normal over time.” I said.
“I think normal is overrated. My life was always normal and it was B O R I N G. Things are much more fun now with you around, and it doesn’t matter how crazy things get I’ll be right next to you.” Jess said and kissed me.
“Thank you, Jess. I don’t know if I could deal with everything that is happening to me without you.”
“I can’t say I understand what is happening but I know one thing. When I met you I felt something that I never felt before. It felt like we connected on a spiritual level and it scared and amused me.”
“I know exactly how you feel. I felt the same way. I guess love at first sight do exist.” I said.
“I think it was probably more like love at first bump.” Joan said and we all laughed.
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