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Rescued By Lithius Essay

1324 words - 6 pages

LITHIUS

Laney: I woke up at 3 in the morning dripping with sweat. I strided noiselessly across the beach apartment I share with my best friend, Lithius. “She can take more heat than anyone else I know.” I muttered to myself as I fixed the thermostat. Lithius and I are complete opposites in so many ways. While I am quiet, she is spontaneous, often disappearing off at random times and never will tell me where she went. I’ve never met someone as determined as Lithius. She finished medical school a year ago and works hard everyday treating depression and mania. Everything about her is unique, from the metallic looking soft, pale gray streak in her otherwise thick crimson hair, to her sassy personality, to her fear of water. Lithius refuses to go near water. Why? I don’t know either. I’ve asked her many times but all she says is that water makes her skin feel likes its been ignited. This can be a big problem… we live at the beach. She won’t near the ocean, ever. Beside her phobia, she’s awesome. Lithius has an electric personality- I feel like she stores her “energy” up and releases it in big amounts to many people. I call it weird, she calls it electrochemical. I’ve learned not to question her, because after all, she is the one with the medical degree. (She uses that one against me constantly) I’m just Laney, her best friend/roommate and also, believe it or not, in the same family. We’re cousins- both in the receptive Alkali family. We grew up together, almost like sisters, and we’ve always close, until now. I feel like Lithius is keeping something from me.
lithius: I felt my iPhone vibrate early this morning- with the text I’d been waiting for. He’s back. I scribbled a quick note to Laney explaining I’d headed to the coffee shop on the pier and rushed out the door. It isn’t fair that I had to lie. Laney has been practically my sister since we were born to our moms who are identical twins, exactly 24 hours apart (I‘m older if you’re wondering.) and I still can’t tell her the secret. If anyone can keep a secret, its the sweet, quiet Laney. She has known every one of my secrets- except this one. I can’t tell her that.. I’m a superhero…with a power of Lithium. Can I fly? No. Read minds? Nope. But I’m the only one! Lithium is not found free in nature, and only makes up 0.00007 of the Earth’s crust. I found out about my powers when I stepped into a fire pit while camping at 17 years old and emerged with no burns. Laney had driven me to the hospital because being the sensible person she is, she was convinced that I needed to be seen by a doctor. While Laney stepped out to call our mothers, and unusual doctor that I’d never seen whisked in and gave me a scarily wide smile. “Johann August Arferton, SO glad to finally meet you!” He exclaimed, pumping my hand up and down. “You look shocked.” “I am.” I mumbled. “Oh Lithius…” He started. Who is this crazy man? “I am named after the amazing Johann August Afterton who discovered the element Lithium in 1817.” I...

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