Thursday, July 14, 2011


The memory was strong. I saw myself standing in a garden, my brother walking up behind me, Rita to the side. Jimmy didn't look very happy in the memory. He wasn't usually in those days.

I brought a hand up and ran it through my hair as I stood on the hill, my feet sinking into the sand and filling up my shoes. The memory was one I remembered, just barely, but it wasn't mine.

I looked up towards the water and saw a dark skinned girl standing with her arms at her sides and her feet apart as if she planned on bolting. Her problem became obvious right away. I was blocking the one path back up to the village unless she wanted to climb up the rocks. It was ridiculous that she'd be worried about passing me on such a wide trail, and yet there she stood.

She shifted. Her shoes were in her hands. She crossed her arms and thought, "I'm not scared."

I wondered what was being said about me that she would be scared. Then the memory hit me again. My brother. It wasn't really me she was scared of. This was something that happened more to me when I was a kid. But standing there as a teenager and a tribe member in my own right, it seemed almost ridiculous that Jimmy was on her mind when she had no idea what I could do.

I walked down the hill towards her and watched her bravado falter for a second before she turned away, her arms still crossed. I caught her thought right away, "Oh no."

The wind was strong. I had to wait until I was nearly next to her before I could speak and be sure she would hear me. "Excuse me," I said to the back of her head. She ignored me at first, but I knew she'd heard me.

I stepped around in front of her and stood a little closer to her than was necessary. "I know you, don't I?"

She stood taller, stiffening for a moment, her eyes growing wide before she gave a frown. "No you don't."

She spoke it like she could control thoughts, and maybe she could, because I was already tied to her. "I do." I thought back to the memory. In it I'd looked at her, but I couldn't remember seeing her. Still, I could guess. "You're Rita's daughter."

The memory poured from her again as she thought about it, tempted to deny it. I wondered why she would bother lying. It seemed like a lot of work for something that wouldn't deter me if she was just trying to put me off. And then I caught another memory, a more recent memory. Me walking in the market picking up supplies, and she almost ran into me. The thought made me smile because then I knew what was going on and why I'd never seen her. She'd been avoiding me.

"Look, I've gotta go." She started backing away from me. "My parents need me."

I took a step forward, not wanting her to go but not knowing what to say. That wasn't something that happened frequently. This girl was different in every way, even her thoughts felt different. They buzzed around her like a bright shining aura. Though I couldn't pick up anything but strong individual thoughts, the group of them surrounded her as she thought a million things at once, some conflicting.

She lifted her hand to her stomach. My own stomach gave a twinge as she turned and walked away.

"Hey, can't I at least get your name?"

She looked back. The buzzing thoughts became quiet as she mulled over whether to give me that much. Eventually, she realized I could learn it easily enough on my own by asking around, and she didn't want that. Me walking around asking about her? That would start rumors that she wasn't comfortable with.

"Patrice." She said it with a huff and a frown before walking back up the sand dune quickly with her shoes still in her hand.

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If you're wondering what is up with that memory, then let me point you over here. It won't come up again here, but that was the last time Pat and Brandon were face to face.


  1. So this was Pat and Brandon's first official meeting, where they actually exchanged words. Reading the short story on the Ruin website puts Pat's reaction into perspective. If she and her father are/were both distrustful of tribe members, I can see why she wouldn't be particularly thrilled to be approached by one while she was all alone. But even so, it seems like there was a connection there between them even then, at least on Brandon's end. That little "twinge"!

    And thanks for the reminder on that story, by the way! I think I saw you update about it on Facebook or Twitter but I forgot to actually go and read it!

  2. Hmm, this is the first time we've seen Brandon's abilities from a first person perspective, isn't it?

    How very interesting indeed... :D

  3. Pat is very much like her father, so his distrust is definitely something she picked up. And Frank of course has always been distrustful-- the incident with Jimmy only cemented his distrust even more so.

    Thanks, Carla.

    poida, yes, this is the first time I've ever attempted this. We've got a male first person, and a thought catching male at that just to be extra difficult, but it came clear, so I'm just going with it.

    Thank you poida!

  4. I just want to squeee, A POV from a male! LOL! You know me and the guy thing.

    I am also intrigued by the twinge. Naturally, I am assuming a romantic connection. Right. Nicely done~

  5. Drew, lol! It surprised me. One of those things where my subconscious took control. Hopefully the rest won't be disappointing.

    Thank you, Drew.

  6. Ooh! Brandon's POV?! You are brave! But then again, if anyone knows how he thinks, it is you. I'm looking forward to seeing their relationship develop, especially given Pat's prickly nature.

  7. Thanks, Rachel. I'm trying to remember that the point of this blog is to experiment, so into the fray I go!

    Pat is quite prickly, lol. I love that you put it that way.