Kinya, from one of my many in-the-work-novels, Paradise: Vengence Marked. I see her holding her hand up, saying, 'Look! I bleed, red blood, like you!' trying to prove she's not some kind of freak by being an elf. (Or Shylock's speech, from Merchant of Venice. That'd work too! :D )
And...because everyone seems to want to know what the black marks on her cheeks mean...the short version of the explanation!
Elves, (in my twisted little storyverse) when murdered, reach up and 'vengence mark' their murderer, that is, it leaves a black handprint on the chest of the murderer so that the elves child/heir/whatever can hunt them down. Kinya's grandfather was murdered, and he vengence marked the murderer, a half-elf. Kierst, Kinya's mother, hunted down her father's killer, but when she killed him, he reached up and grabbed her face, leaving his vengence mark fingerprints on her cheek. This shouldn't have happened, because 1) a vengence marked elf has never, never been able to vengence mark the vengence killer; and 2) vengence marks are always handprints on the chest, and have never ended up anywhere else.
Kinya, for some strange reason, was born with these vengence marks, despite the fact that they are never passed on from parent to child.
It would all be rather bewildering, was it not for the fact that it's all part of that curse that got put on the family by a fallen angel who got kicked out of heaven for having a child when his best friend did the same and wasn't.
Yes. I am odd. And yes, I drew this completely with a mouse in Photoshop. Yay!
And inspired by Evanascence. Whoot!