Get (Un) Lucky ๐Ÿ€

Submitted into Contest #98 in response to: Write about someone whoโ€™s desperately trying to change their luck.... view prompt

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Friendship Funny

Iโ€™m not your average teen.ย 

I mean, I look like it. Straight brunette hair, dark bluish grey eyes and deep tan skin dotted with freckles. But I have things that others donโ€™t.

Like what you may ask?

Popularity for one. And yes I know that a lot of people have that but my popularity is next level. Iโ€™m kind of like a superstar at my school.

On the Skyline school social page I have over four hundred followers. So pretty much the whole senior school follows me.ย 

Another thing I have is money.

My mother is a famous director and my father is an amazing baker for the best bakery in town. Iโ€™m part of the famous Carter family.ย 

And my name is Emilee Carter.

Emilee Carter. Fourteen, only child and raised with high expectations. Has a fennec fox-yes you heard right. A fennec fox named Sandy and lives in a mansion.ย 

A mansion with a game room, a spa room with an indoor pool, a library and a secret room only I know about.

The last thing I have is luck.

So. Much. Luck. Almost too much.ย 

My parents always say Iโ€™m the luckiest girl in the world and honestly...? Theyโ€™re right.ย 

I find money everywhere I go, I see celebrities when I go to the set of my motherโ€™s films and...I just....I mean I do love having this luck but sometimes....sometimes itโ€™s too much. People call me names because Iโ€™m so spoiled . โ€œLuckilee.โ€ They call me.ย 

I get sick of it every now and then.

I hugged my books to my chest and looked at the clock.

Shoot.

It was nine twenty five. Five minutes till math.ย 

Oh no. Mr Raymond is super strict. Heโ€™ll give me detention if Iโ€™m late for sure.ย 

An idea came to me at that point. What if I became late? Like, what if I....?

No.

No one will care if I out of all people get detention once. Itโ€™s not going to do anything to my rep. Letting out a loud sigh I slammed my locker shut.

I was sitting down at my wooden desk while Mr Raymond gave a boring equation for algebra or something other. I tapped my fingers on the smooth surface vigorously, thinking about luck.ย 

Why oh why do I have to have my life? I would do anything to have a day with zero luck. Even a minute of being a normal, average person!

โ€œEm.โ€ A voice whispered my name. โ€œEm. Em!โ€ A jab in the ribs snapped me back to reality and I stared at the person next to me.

My best friend Levi motioned to Mr Raymond who stood at the whiteboard, looking directly at me. โ€œMiss Carter,โ€ he growled. โ€œDo you know the answer?โ€ย 

I turned my head to look at Tess who shrugged and I decided to take a guess. โ€œEighty six?โ€ I asked cluelessly.

Mr Raymond looked at me, emotions fluttering across his face like butterflies. โ€œCorrect. Miss Smith? Would you like to explain how she may have gotten that answer?โ€ย 

Great. Another stroke of luck for Luckilee.

Levi and Tess sat down on either side of me and looked at each other. I was sitting down, my face smushed against the table. My hair was gathered up in a knotted pile in front of my face and I sat up slowly. โ€œWhat am I going to do Tess? Levi?โ€ย 

Tess looked at me with one eyebrow raised, โ€œFix your hair?โ€ I stuck my tongue out at her and rubbed my fingers on the side of my head. โ€œNo,โ€ I groaned. โ€œFix my luck.โ€

Levi burst into laughter. โ€œLuck?! Youโ€™re literally the luckiest girl in the world!โ€ย 

โ€œThatโ€™s what Iโ€™m trying to fix!โ€ I threw my head back dramatically.ย 

โ€œWhy?!โ€ Tess and Levi asked in unison.ย 

โ€œBecause,โ€ I said. โ€œI donโ€™t want to be Luckilee.โ€

I flopped onto my bed and grabbed my phone.ย 

Time to fix this.

โ€œThings...that..make...you...unlucky.โ€ I said the words as I typed them into the omni box and pressed enter.

47,700,000 results came up in a blink of an eye. Technology is so fast!

I read the results carefully, considering what I could do.

Break a mirror? Well....mum would kill me but that would be bad luck right?! I may be dead but people wonโ€™t call me Luckilee any more, theyโ€™ll call me...theyโ€™ll call me.....UNLUCKILEE!

Letโ€™s have a look at some other options before smashing some glass.ย 

Flock of birds going from left to right? Nah. Thatโ€™s just a chance thing. I need it to happen straight away.ย 

Friday the thirteenth? Oooooh! Letโ€™s look into that!

โ€œFriday..the..thirteenth.โ€ I pressed enter once again and a bunch of creepy pictures of scary dudes with those hockey masks appeared on my screen and I squeezed my eyes shut. โ€œHow about Friday the thirteenth day? Sandy? What do you think?โ€ My fennec fox made a bark-like sound and her head bobbed up and down.ย 

I typed in the last word and a bunch of results came up and I scrolled down to find a website that wasnโ€™t Wikipedia. Donโ€™t trust it. I mean itโ€™s alright but it called Jeremy Renner a Velociraptor once! History.com. That sounds ok.

I clicked on the link and it took me to a big website. I scrolled down, trying to find what I needed.ย 

Ah ha!ย 

What has happened on Friday the thirteenth in the past?

Blah blah blah....bombings.....murders....imprisoning people in France....this sounds perfect! And from further research the next Friday the thirteenth is this week!ย 

Unluckilee, hear I come!

Friday the thirteenth

Today is the day! The day that I wonโ€™t be known as the lucky, spoiled teen but I will be known as.....

โ€œUNLUCKILEE!โ€ I shouted into the mirror confidently. I looked to Sandy who made eye contact and shut her eyes to sleep.ย 

I tried to walk to school as slow as I could so I would finally be able to get a late pass and what do you know? It worked!

The office lady stared at me with wide eyes and handed me the pass. She had known me for a while and knew that I was super lucky so it must have been shocking to hand me one.ย 

I strutted through the hallway, thinking: โ€˜Unluckilee, one. Luckilee, zero.โ€™

Levi was sitting down at the lab table that we share when I entered the room. He stared at me with wide eyes and jabbed me with his finger. โ€œYouโ€™re late!โ€ He exclaimed in disbelief and I nodded coyly. โ€œI know.โ€

Mrs Fraser was teaching us about some experiment and I wasnโ€™t really paying attention...so when we got our ingredients or whatever I had no idea what order to put them in. I turned to look at Levi, then realised he was in the bathroom so I shrugged and started to put the ingredients in. No specific order-just a guess. I put in a few things and nothing happened. Then I put in the sodium and the mixture started to bubble. It started to make popping sounds and the liquid started to rise up and fall over the sides of the flask. The mixture exploded and hit the roof of the lab.

โ€œEMILEE!โ€ Miss Fraser shouted over the noise of people shrieking, โ€œWHAT DID YOU DO?!โ€

โ€œI donโ€™t know!โ€ It came out like a question and Mrs Fraser started to evacuate the students from the room

Unluckilee, two. Luckilee, zero.

I think itโ€™s quite clear who won ;)

June 16, 2021 22:04

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18 comments

Dhwani Jain
08:21 Aug 20, 2021

I love this story! It is so fantasy-esque, but it still seems real...you know what I mean? I felt a 'JUST MY LUCK' vibe from this story! Great job! Also, I filled out your Reedsy cast form. Let's see when it comes out!

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Thank you, kinda what I was going for, thank you, thank you and I definitely will <3

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Dhwani Jain
18:43 Aug 20, 2021

Yeah!

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20:03 Jun 17, 2021

Helllooooo just reading your new bio (I love it btw) and saw you where looking for some KOTLC merch. I have a couple stores that you might want to check out: -Redbubble (Super cute KOTLC stickers) -Society6 (Shannon Messenger sells stuff there and you can get to her store by using the link on her website, but I've tried to order from there and it's really hard.) -Etsy (Tons of stuff and you can add where you live so your not shipping stuff across the world.) I hope this helps! PS I loved the little gift thing at the end of your bio. That...

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Yeah I found some on Etsy and some other rando sites like pinterest lol. I'll check out the others soon and yes I loved making that. I spammed my friend with it and she got sooooo annoyed at me XD`

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20:19 Jun 17, 2021

Okay awesome!!!!

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12:46 Mar 15, 2022

I related to this a bit too much. Straight A student, ideal friend... Dead name's there too! Good story, I liked it.

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Woahhhh that's crazy! Thank you <3

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19:25 Mar 15, 2022

It definitely is. Your welcome

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Craig Stokes
19:28 Jun 24, 2021

I like the premise of changing someone's luck for the worse. I found the description of Emilee's life to be over-the-top, tongue in cheek funny. There are people "lucky" like this and I believe that many of them try their best to mess it up. Just look at celebrities. I liked the story but I was looking for more "bang" (pun intended) at the end.

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Thank you Craig! I appreciate the feedback :)

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I'm waiting to get 8.5 :( We have it but i haven't bought it yet

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:O its okay ish ig, like the first part is kinda boring, the story starts at around the 17th chap

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Yeah. I've read an excerpt of Elwins notes and gawwwwwdddddddd sophie gets herself into trouble a lot more than I realised.

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