CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and SEVENTY
“Medically wrong?” Valerie asked.
“You hear about people who have tumors or illnesses that have them seeing ghosts or moving things with their minds or whatever,” Heather said.
“Ah,” Valerie said.
“We decided that for as long as Katy was a child, we would treat her like a child,” Tanesha said.
“Allow her a chance to grow up,” Jill said.
“We wanted to give her the childhood that none of us had,” Heather said. “One filled with love and laughter, joy.”
“We were also afraid that if Trever knew that Katy could do amazing things, that he would sell her gifts or use her in some horrible way,” Jill said. She looked at her friends. “We needed to convince him that she was just a dumb kid so that he wouldn’t fixate on making money or perverting her special gifts.”
“That makes more sense,” Delphie said. “But it also begs the question: ‘Does she need that now?’ She’s surrounded by people who love an accept her. She is much adored by her grandparents and her parents.”
“Aunties,” Tanesha said.
“And Aunts!” Honey said with a nod to Valerie.
“I’m not sure what you’re saying,” Jill said.
“I guess I’m asking — what if Katy isn’t just a little girl?” Delphie asked. “What if she’s supposed to save the world? What is she is, for lack of a more sophisticated understanding, a goddess?”
No one said anything for a long moment.
“She is the culmination of a long series of genes going back through Titan genetics and your grandfather’s family,” Delphie said. “That’s what we know about. She could be related to any number of kings and queens of old or maybe even just a new species of human.”
“She’s still a little girl!” Jill said.
“She’s still at the beginning of her life,” Delphie said. “I’ll grant you that. Paddie, too. They will live their entire lives with these swords. They will have many experiences and adventures.”
“And?” Jill asked. “This is still her childhood.”
“And, none of their experiences and adventures could be defined within the realm of ‘normal,’” Delphie said. “Can you accept that?”
“Why does it matter?” Jill asked. “These Gods and whatevers come from all over to treat her as special. She still has to clean her room and stop stealing ice cream for the twins!”
“Is she the one who’s taking all the ice cream?” Honey asked. “I thought it was the teenagers. I can’t keep it in the freezer!”
“Stinker,” Valerie said with a shake of her head.
“I think that you make a valid point,” Delphie said. “And, I’d ask you simply to contemplate that you are not normal. Jake’s not normal. Val’s kids aren’t normal. Maybe your kids are not normal.”
“Just think about it,” Delphie said.
“I have to get to the hospital,” Tanesha said.
Her words acted like a spell. Their council was over. The women returned to their busy lives each wondering what was next for them, and for their precious Katy.
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