Bella has found a stone in her backyard. It is oddly shaped and looks like it has a face on it. The face looks like it needs a friend so Bella has decided to become friends with it. Swiftly, she puts it in her pocket.
When people at home look like that she runs to them too. Perches atop her father's mountainous frame when he is settled in his big chair after work, imagines her hand to be an iron and runs it over his forehead. Lines disappear like magic.
This is just a stone then. She has been warming it with her palms for three days but it still looks the same. She wonders if she has lost her power. But mother once said that some things take time and also that the biggest changes always take place on the inside, so she keeps her faith.
Illustration by @annedessine