Not yet
Wed Aug 22, 2018 16:17

Jesse had not even found the correct page yet when the girl sitting next to him started speaking to him. She said that being born didn’t count because everyone had done it, which was a strange thing to say, but Jesse supposed it was true: everyone had been born. There wasn’t another way to come into existence, unless being cloned didn’t count as being born, but Jesse didn’t know anything scientific about cloning infants. He knew about comic book cloning that was done with fantastic machines but he didn’t think anything really existed like that. It was maybe possible to do with magic but then again maybe not, because if you could have two versions of yourself to split the workload, then why wasn’t everyone just doing that all the time? His Mom often said that she wished she had more pairs of hands, and a clone would have more hands and feet as well, and a brain, so would be far more useful than one more pair of hands. Jesse thought there probably were some strange transfiguration spells that would make you grow extra body parts, at least temporarily, but that really wasn’t the same as creating a precise human replica.

“But we didn’t know if I was actually eleven or not until my acceptance letter came,” the girl was saying as Jesse tuned back it because he realized she was still talking, and it wasn’t about clones. He wasn’t sure what it was about, but clones wasn’t it. Unless there was another potential semantic interpretation that was not occurring to him in the moment (definitely plausible; he quite often had to re-read sentences in Keith’s comic books before he understood the meaning implied behind the poorly constructed syntax) he understood that receiving a letter of acceptance had clarified and confirmed the girl’s eleventh birthday. As his own eleventh birthday stood out as being the one on which he had also received an acceptance letter, to attend Rocky Mountain International, Jesse deduced that was the subject of her anecdote. It was still missing too many details to be coherent, however.

“You didn’t know when your birthday was?” Jesse sought to clarify. “Do you mean that there was no accurate record made of your birth?” Even if a person had particularly forgetful parents, there were legal documents that required a birthday. Plenty of them. Jesse knew his birthday because his Mom forgot it all the time when she had to write it down on forms for insurance or whatever else the forms were that she had filled in over his lifetime that required him to dictate his birthdate to her. She had her own to remember, after all, and Felix’s, and Lola’s, and his Dad’s, and all his grandparents’ birthdays to remember, too, so it was perfectly permissible she got some of them confused from time to time and needed to be reminded. She hadn’t forgotten Jesse’s birthday when it actually mattered, most particularly on his birthday, and even if she did, she could go to the trouble of looking it up. For a person to reach the age of eleven without knowing her birthday was practically inconceivable.

“What about birthday parties?” Jesse asked her. “I had birthday parties, with games, and cakes, and ice cream. Most people do,” he assumed, drawing on his own life experiences. “Haven’t you ever done that?” Jesse hadn’t had a party since starting school because he was away when it was his birthday, and he hadn’t really got any friends he would invite anyway - he had Keith now, which was a very good thing, but two people didn’t make a party - and perhaps after ten you were too old for the sort of birthday parties with games and cake and ice-cream, anyway.

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