The house always wins
Sat Sep 29, 2018 13:02

Garen’s automatic instinct was to reassure Vivica that no, he wouldn’t tell her parents. In part it was because saying yes might make her reluctant to keep talking, which would make it almost impossible for him to help her. The truth was that he didn’t know whether or not he had to tell the Dixons, because he wasn’t yet sure what was going on with their daughter. “I don’t think so,” he told her instead, “but I need to know a little more to be sure.”

As far as he knew, Vivica hadn’t had one of the episodes described in her doctors’ notes during her first semester at RMI, but it was clear that that wasn’t the only thing troubling her. At first it sounded like she was just very empathetic, and maybe had some anxiety or something else that made her thoughts feel overwhelming. He knew what it was like to always put someone else first, but it sounded like that wasn’t all of what she was describing. That feeling—worrying about what other people needed—didn’t go away just because you were far apart from the ones you cared about. At least, not in Garen’s experience they didn’t.

Although Vivica had said she was always thinking about what other people wanted and how she could help them, that wasn’t all she had described: Vivica had said she was used to hearing them in her thoughts. At first Garen had thought she meant she was thinking about them very hard. It was the way that a very young person might describe nebulous concepts like emotions, the way Madeleine sometimes said she was “all the way full of angry” when she was mad. That would make sense if Vivica was either mentally restating things her family members and friends had said about what they wanted, or guessing what they wanted and stating it to herself as directives.

But now that Garen was trying to pick apart what Vivica had said for meaning, he wondered if the first year had meant what she said literally. “When you said you could hear them in your thoughts,” he asked, trying to quote her as exactly as he remembered, “what do you mean? Is it that you’re thinking about things they’ve said, or… something else?”

  • All on red. - Vivica Dixon, Fri Sep 28 06:34
    Mr. Tennant was still in the room and he seemed poised for listening ‘...another Clarice situation’ . Vivica felt rough. She’d never let it out before, well, not like that anyway. Mr. Tennant voice... more
    • The house always wins - Garen, Sat Sep 29 13:02
      • Learns how to count cards - Vivica Dixon, Mon Oct 1 10:42
        Mr. Tennant’s semi-committal reassurance that he didn’t have to tell Vivica’s parents didn’t exactly inspire confidence in her. Her mind flitted between cautious optimism and deep dread with every... more
        • That’s a clever trick - Garen, Tue Oct 2 21:57
          Garen listened attentively as Vivica answered his question. The mention of thinking about kissing Drew momentarily jarred him, but Garen managed not to show his surprise. He guessed Vivica hadn’t... more
          • Mr. Tennant wasn’t calling for assistance and straight jackets so that was a good thing, but Vivica was taken aback when he asked her to try and tell him what he was thinking. ‘Mind reading, really?... more
            • Trick or treat! - Garen , Wed Oct 31 13:30
              Well. That was all the proof Garen needed, then. It was too specific to be coincidence: a young girl laughing at a bow had to be Madeleine wrapping Christmas presents. The counselor had never heard... more
              • Mr. Tennant didn’t even appear to pause to think about it. A Legilimens. There it was. Vivica had a label, whatever it was. Vivica didn’t know how to react. She was numb. She’d spent the last couple... more
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