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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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Kate scanned her friends and brothers. All the kids were in a deep torpor. Even Gran was dazed

on some level but at a decreased amount. Matt shook his head trying to dislodge his gray matter from its

numbness. He locked eyes with Kate and mouthed, “Something’s wrong.”

Eric, Greg and Brian were staring at Gran. Meg was looking curiously to the next house over.

Was there someone over there? Kate’s brain broke through to make a small deductive reasoning.

“This is a private party, ma’am. You’ll have to come back later.” Father Francis stepped down to

stand between the two groups of kids looking clear-headed.

“You have no authority here.” Gran hated religion.

“Kate, do you remember the Our Father?” He quizzed her.

Kate had been to several masses that year for school and the funeral. It was a prayer. “Our

Father, who art in heaven.” She began but couldn’t remember the rest.

“Prayer won’t help you now.” Gran laughed. “God is dead.”

That was a misquote. Nietzsche didn’t mean that God was literally dead. Kate remembered that.

Meg heard someone. That was why she was looking off to the neighbor’s yard.

“Hallowed be Thy name.” Greg continued. “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it

is in heaven.” He stopped. Maybe he lost his place as she had. “Katie, what’s the Pythagorean theorem?”

“The square of the hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal to the sum of the squares on the other

two sides.” She repeated it automatically. It was engrained deep in her mind. Why was someone in the

next yard? They must be helping Gran. Kate started scanning in the same direction looking for a presence.

“Enough of school. Kate, if you come with me now, no one else needs to be involved. I won’t

even bother your mother.” Gran was using the most alluring tone she could muster.

Kate’s mind found someone on the other side of the hedges. Kate didn’t know what skill to hinder

but she willed her energy to that person to stop whatever they were doing. She couldn’t. Reciting the

theorem had cleared her mind. Mentally she started running through the mathematical proof. It helped.

Again, she tried to hinder the person in the next yard. Her brain popped free. They all did.

Even Gran’s face cleared up. She lost her advantage and she knew it.

Kate needed to deter Gran too but hadn’t tried two people at once.

Lisa Marie Arnopp

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