Erin’s green eyes shifted from the freckles that dot her nose out across the waves licking the smooth sand. The sunlight crouched behind a heavy storm cloud and she found herself focusing on a mental vision, a girl in a dark lit room reaching for a glass figurine from a shelf. A muffled sound of disappointment from a grown up in the background made the girl whine in protest. Erin got the sense this figurine meant something deeper to the girl and the denial of such would change the girl’s course. As the girl made another attempt to reach for the figurine, a shadow rushed across the floor and soon her mother was there to physically assure her she would not be touching it today. Erin felt the girl’s disappointment and saw her begin to cry alone on her bed. As Erin continued wondering what was so special about that figurine, the sound of a seagull’s cry made her refocus, bringing her back to the present time. The switch between the visions and reality always made her a little uneasy because it was like jumping back and forth through time; often the mental visions were so powerful that once in reality, it takes her a few minutes to figure out where she is.
Erin has always had the gift of clairvoyance though she often wrote it off as daydreaming. Her teachers and parents punished her for being distracted and even forced her to take medicine to help with focus and depression. Erin wasn’t depressed, but she realized that she was able to recall and feel other people’s experiences from another time, much like deja vu. Sometimes she gets a warm feeling of nostalgia in a place she’s never been and she wonders if she’s remembering something from a deeply hidden past, another lifetime or perhaps someone else’s memory. Other times she hears words, voices and still others she sees with her mind’s eye, vivid images as if someone is playing a movie in bits and pieces with some of the edges of the film damaged. It’s all a sign for her to try and make sense of. Sometimes the message is for her, sometimes it’s for others. Close friends have encouraged her to share her gift but she knows she will have to face the doubters and she doesn’t feel strong enough to do that yet. So she keeps the information to herself knowing that the universe will let her know when the time is perfect.