I'd always been different from the other kids at my school and not just because I had multi coloured hair, a penchant for piercings and was a huge fan of Shakespeare.
No I had been blessed with or as my mther stated cursed with a power.
The power to make things happen in reverse.
Sounds weird doesn't it let me explain.
Say I did terribly in an exam, using my power I could change that ugly E into a more than acceptable A.
Say I regretted getting a piercing, I just used my power and it had never happened.
Say my mum made casserole for tea, I'd just use my power and have pizza.
Seems amazing doesn't it?
But nothing ever comes without a price.
You see if I use my power I'd fall unconscious for a week and there was always the chance that I'd never wake up, perhaps that's why I barely used it, and I'd resigned myself to only using it for emergencies even if lunch that day at school wasn't particularly appealing.
That afternoon everything changed, one single event happened causing a chain reaction and if I hadn't have used my power then a child would have died.
Let me tell you what happened.
I finished my afternoon class of art and stepped outside into the soft, snow.
Walking down the hill to get my bus, there was a van which came hurtling down the road, now if it hadn't have been winter it wouldn't have mattered, but it was winter and it did matter.
It mattered, because that van hit a patch of ice, and that ice caused that van to skid.
Just as that van skidded a child broke free of his mother's grip and tripped over a kerb and fell into the road the van driver who had lost control of the van hurtled forwards...I'll spare you the detail but that four year old child, with his round, rosy cheeks and sparkling blue eyes died, and I couldn't bear it.
So I used my power.
As if I was watching the DVD the scene rewound, the van did not hurtle down the road, the child did not trip into the road and there was no ice.
As I slumped to the ground unconscious I smiled to myself, it may be risky but the gift was definitely a blessing...