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Synergy

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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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Smiling Kate withheld her shock. She didn’t expect Meg to stop being her friend on Stacey’s

orders but she also didn’t expect her to take a hard public line on her side.

“If he wasn’t such a good kisser, I wouldn’t bother.” Stacey’s continued with her venomous rant.

“I hope that’s a good sign.” She said suggestively. The other seniors giggled.

No one could have distinguished whether Meg or Kate had a harsher glare but they were united. It

was great that Meg didn’t succumb to the pressure but all Kate’s worries weren’t erased. Stacey had kissed

Brian. Did they have a chance to progress further? Were they dating? Truth was she didn’t know and it

hurt more than anything Stacey said. But those words were to hurt Meg as well. The rage was invigorated.

Coach Evans matched them up for singles. To no one’s surprise, Kate was up against Stacey.

“I’ve been waiting for this since Friday.” Stacey threatened.

“Me too.” Kate gave a wicked grin and wink. She hoped it was as taunting as her brothers’ smile.

Her first serve was an ace and she was up fifteen love before breaking a sweat. It wasn’t as easy as Friday.

Stacey was just as mad and motivated and much better as a single player. Every once in a while some

insulting thought from Stacey entered Kate’s telepathic mind. It fed Kate’s confidence and improved her

swing.

Kate was up five games to three when class ended but no one went to change. The other girls

stayed to see who would win. It was rare that Stacey lost even one game in a set and the chance that she

would finally be bested was too enticing to worry about leaving on time. And Kate and Stacey had

invested too much to leave. Finishing the set was important to both and they played on.

It was Kate’s turn to serve. She bounced the ball a couple of times.

“I know you can do it.” Meg hollered at Kate.

Stacey glared at Meg and Kate heard her thoughts. Wrong side to pick. Stacey’s mind dripped

with bitterness.

Kate delivered an unreturnable serve and Stacey almost threw her racket.

“Stay focused.” Coach Evans said to her.

Kate served again. Stacey made contact with uncanny speed and they were in a long rally. Stacey

won the point and Kate took note of her speed.

I’m not going to make this easy. Stacey thought. It was a self-defeating comment.

Lisa Marie Arnopp

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