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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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“He’s a clone for spare parts.” Matt joked. When Brian was in grade school the twins used to tell

him that all the time until their mother demanded that they stop.

Brian had just turned seventeen and he shook his head at his brother. He wasn’t as easily upset as

he was when he was eight. “And what if Eric needs parts? You think he wouldn’t take them from you in

your sleep?”

“No need. We have a triplet in the basement for that.” Eric winked. What a scary thought if there

were actually three.

Gerard’s kind eyes fell on Kate. The ardor enveloped her but there was a subtle worry behind it.

“I bet you’re the most popular girl in school.”

Kate snickered. “No one even knows I exist.”

“A pretty girl like you can’t be a wallflower forever.”

Kate rolled her eyes. Truth was she didn’t have a lot of friends at school and boys hardly ever

talked to her. Occasionally one would try but one of her brothers would scare them off. Matt and Eric

were the worst but they were away at college during the week. Brian wasn’t so bad but did the same and

she guessed it was from instructions from the twins. She didn’t mind – most of the time.

Gerard hadn’t eaten half his plate when he started making the rounds. She wished to spend all her

time with her grandfather but he had to do his hosting duties and Kate was left wanting. A priest, the same

that conducted the Mass, joined him. They were old friends. She knew that but wasn’t sure how. Insights

like that hit her often and she supposed that was what was meant by women’s intuition.

He was a good preacher. During the Mass Kate felt like an outsider never knowing when to stand,

sit or kneel, something most of those in attendance did automatically. It reminded her of the USC game

they had gone to a few years earlier. The crowd had recited and motioned through the cheers without

hesitation as Kate stood helplessly mimicking the fans nearest her always seconds later. As for his homily,

he skipped over much of the religion and spoke frankly about his two friends and how he would miss Ann

Sanchez.

Sara had been drinking more than she had been eating and the waiters kept her ice from getting

dry. She had upgraded from champagne to gin and tonic and was on her third.

Lisa Marie Arnopp

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