Nothing’s final, not even deception.

Simon hummed softly to himself as he moved down the street. He was going to meet Laura at the park. She had, she said, something to show him. He couldn’t imagine what it must be. He couldn’t describe the way he felt as he went to meet her. He was frightened and excited at the same time.

Part of him dreaded seeing her on the unfamiliar grounds of the park. He felt adrift – out of his element. Another part of him trembled with nervous anticipation. He’d never associated with people outside of work. His life was solitary, by choice. He wanted to hide his magic and, it seemed, there was no other way to do that then to keep his distance.

He shook the thoughts away. Whatever happened, he knew he would be all right. He wouldn’t get anywhere if he didn’t take that first step. This: meeting Laura in the park, was the first step he needed to take. She was his friend. She had a right to know of his gifts.

“I’m ready,” he said, his voice soft. To his surprise, a feeling of calm swept through him. It was as if, by saying those two words, he’d performed some kind of magic. He was, for the first time in his life, truly ready to open up to someone – to tell them of his magic.

As he rounded the corner, he saw Laura and stopped. She spotted him and stood, waving at him, with a sunny smile on her face. At her side, hugging her ankle was a small white… bear? Maybe this wasn’t as bad an idea as he’d feared. Clearly, Laura wasn’t quite the ordinary girl she seemed to be.

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