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Published by Lisa Arnopp
Kate never put much stock in the rumor that she was the first daughter born in over two hundred years to the Thomas family. First it wasn’t believable and second it wasn’t something she could have controlled if she wanted to. And she liked being the youngest daughter. Her three older brothers were a bit overprotective - perhaps controlling at times - but no one messed with her. Matt and Eric, the oldest and twins, were telekinetic and that was only a secondary skill to their natural talent to run off unwelcome outsiders. It was top-secret knowledge that only Brian, the last Thomas brother, and her were permitted to know.

But things have a way of changing and something as ridiculous as being the only daughter turned out to be the loose thread that unraveled a long hidden family secret.
Kate never put much stock in the rumor that she was the first daughter born in over two hundred years to the Thomas family. First it wasn’t believable and second it wasn’t something she could have controlled if she wanted to. And she liked being the youngest daughter. Her three older brothers were a bit overprotective - perhaps controlling at times - but no one messed with her. Matt and Eric, the oldest and twins, were telekinetic and that was only a secondary skill to their natural talent to run off unwelcome outsiders. It was top-secret knowledge that only Brian, the last Thomas brother, and her were permitted to know.

But things have a way of changing and something as ridiculous as being the only daughter turned out to be the loose thread that unraveled a long hidden family secret.

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Published by: Lisa Arnopp on Feb 02, 2010
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 SYNERGY
Book One
Lisa Marie Arnopp
 
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About sixteen years earlier…
Katherine Ann squirmed in her mother’s arms after her feeding. She was restless and nothing washelping to put her down for the night. It was half past eleven and the next day would be long if the babydidn’t get to sleep. Three-week-olds needed their rest and her mother and aunt needed to begin correctiveactions. If things were even correctable.She was a beautiful daughter and her mother was elated to finally have a little girl. “What am Igoing to do with you?” Her mother teased with a personal underlying angst. “We shouldn’t have run off.The family must be wondering where we are. Eric most of all, he named you.” The baby grinned her toothless smile as her mom’s fingers gently circled her wispy tresses.Eric was the youngest of the twins and since Matt named Brian it was only fair that Eric namedtheir sister. Especially considering he knew she was a girl before anyone. Even after Ron explained to hissons that there hadn’t been a daughter born to the Thomas family in countless generations Eric insisted andwanted to name her Katherine Ann. Katherine after Katharine Hepburn having just seen
 Bringing Up Baby
 and Ann after his favorite grandmother, the same one that had him watching old black and white movies atthe age of four. He magnanimously allowed her to be Kate for short.Stretching her small torso Kate shuttered from exhaustion but stubbornly stayed awake. “What’staking Auntie so long?” No one in the family dillydallied and the list for the market was short; diapers,food, diapers, coffee and more diapers.Kate fussed but didn’t cry. She curled her little hand around her mother’s index finger. Latentskills didn’t materialize until the late teens, sometimes early twenties. Of course all parents found glimpsesof things to come in their children and Kate was no different unless you counted that it was more obviousthan usual. Living in close quarters for two trimester and almost one month with her two exceptionallyempathetic relatives boosted the signals.Having reinforced insights to Kate’s mood made her care easier than her three brothers who hadthe same advantage at weakened levels. Sandy and Sara both agreed it was due to the baby empathizingwhich compounded with their empathy. And Kate drew people to her like no other newborn. Strangerswere enchanted at first site and eager to assist the sisters with bags, buggy and doors.
 
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The antithesis to this was that Kate could interpret moods from her surroundings. And her mother worried that grownup emotions were far too dark, heavy and complex for such a young child to endure.Mommy and Auntie did their best to halt exchanges that weren’t about love, laughing and warmth.Kate’s pudgy hand daintily pressed against her mother’s cheek.“Something’s wrong.” Lots of things were wrong. For one, Kate was in Colorado and her  brothers and father were in California and for two, everything else. But something new was wrong. Deepdown in her bones her mother felt a sense of dread so profound and so definite that no amount of blockingcould protect Kate from it.The babies grip tightened a split second before the phone rang.Her mother jolted for the receiver. “Hello.”It was a nurse from the county hospital explaining a fatal collision. “Sandy Graham was pronounced dead at the scene.”Impossible. She would do anything to change places with her sister. Cradling the baby shesobbed. “I’m not strong enough for this. She was the strong one.” Her sister once told her how to usetheir paranormal talent to control their emotions. But control wasn’t enough – so she shut them off – allthat didn’t involve loving and making the children happy.She called California. Of course their father knew – he knew everything. Empaths begotempaths. As he took charge of arrangements Kate finally drifted off. Well, he didn’t know everything.“And what do we do now?” She had her answer right in front of her.

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