by S.R. Cronin
GENRE: Sci-fi Fantasy
Telepathy creates as many problems as it solves, as everyone in the secret organization x0 would admit. When new member Lola discovers another group of telepaths with a totally different approach, those problems multiply at the speed of thought.
Soon, Lola’s family and friends are in danger. Lucky for her, she’s not your average budding psychic. Each person she is close to has a special gift of their own. That’s good, because it’s going to take every power they possess to stop these others from tearing apart x0.
Zane shared his father’s outward calm, and, in spite of his need to pack, he listened to his mother’s detailed explanation of her past few years. He seemed almost amused when his mother finally got to her confession of her abilities.
“I was afraid it would freak you kids out; I thought you might not want to be close to me,” she said.
“Mom, we always thought you read minds when we were little. So, turns out you didn’t start until I was in my twenties. I can accept that.” He was more disturbed by his mom’s upcoming attempt to bait a potentially unfriendly telepath.
“It’s under control,” she assured him. “I’ve got this part to play tomorrow, and then it’s out of my hands. But that’s why I need your help.”
She described Ariel’s situation and was surprised again.
“Mom, I already know about that. I’ve been relaying messages between her and my friend Toby, and I promised Ariel I wouldn’t tell you guys how she’s a natural-born fortune-teller.”
He looked thoughtful.
“Do you think we need, like, family therapy or something to get all this who-can-do-what stuff out into the open?”
Lola couldn’t help laughing. “You have a point. When you get back from Iceland we need to talk about Teddie.”
“Her too? Sheesh, mom, what did you do? Take some kind of weird vitamins when you were pregnant?”
“How come I’m getting blamed?”
“Because dad seems to be the only normal one in the family.”
“He acts like he is, but I’m not so sure.”
“Family therapy it is, then. No question. Maybe over Christmas.”
Sherrie Roth grew up in Western Kansas thinking there was no place in the universe more fascinating than outer space. After her mother vetoed astronaut as a career ambition, she went on to study journalism and physics in hopes of becoming a science writer.
She published her first science fiction short story and then waited a lot of tables while she looked for inspiration for the next tale. When it finally came, it declared to her it had to be a whole book, nothing less. One night, while digesting this disturbing piece of news, she drank way too many shots of ouzo with her boyfriend. She woke up thirty-one years later demanding to know what was going on.
The boyfriend, who she had apparently long since married, asked her to calm down. He explained that, in a fit of practicality, she had gone back to school and gotten a degree in geophysics and had spent the last 28 years interpreting seismic data in the oil industry. The good news, according to Mr. Cronin, was she found it at least mildly entertaining and ridiculously well-paying. The bad news was the two of them had still managed to spend almost all of the money.
Apparently she was now Mrs. Cronin, and the further good news was they had produced three wonderful children whom they loved dearly, even though to be honest that is where a lot of the money had gone. Even better news was that Mr. Cronin turned out to be a warm-hearted, encouraging sort who was happy to see her awake and ready to write. "It's about time," were his exact words.
Sherrie Cronin discovered that over the ensuing decades Sally Ride had already managed to become the first woman in space and done a fine job of it. No one, however, had written the book that had been in Sherrie's head for decades. The only problem was the book informed her it had grown into a six book collection. Sherrie decided she better start writing before it got any longer. She's been wide awake ever since, and writing away.
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