A Novel – In One Page per Day
Day 173, Friday
June 22nd, 2018
Chapter Five: Conformity
Whatever her parents tried to teach her, Kathy took to with ease. Despite the challenges she endured in dealing with her atavistic past, sometimes second by second, she was nevertheless an ordinary child.
She wanted to belong to her parents, and for them to belong to her.
She wanted to please them, make them smile, watch them laugh. She did not like it when the things she said or did, or did not do, disturbed them.
Kathy mastered complex tasks without effort.
She had to learn to pretend to learn from her parents, and the adults around her.
This was one of the things that put her parents at ease. It was often the case that they would propose to show her how to do something, like tie her shoes, and she would just do it without thinking because the voices within her supplied her with the method.
This unnerved her parents, she had to learn to slow down and hide these things, even pretend to make mistakes so that they could correct her.
The only thing that took time was developing muscle memory; which required repetition. By constant repetitions she trained herself to do the little things that might take other children years to accomplish.
She struggled with the skill of blending in, with hiding her differences. Her parents came to accept the fact that Kathy was pretending. They could tell because she was not good at it, and also because she would almost always shift to a pattern of action that was better, more efficient, quicker, more streamlined than what they had taught her.
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