Helen normally walked to school. The governor's mansion was only about a
mile from school and Helen felt that she could use the exercise. She wasn't
fat- far from it, actually- but she had no other source of exercise in her
daily routine. She didn't have room in her schedule for gym class and since
it wasn't required, she hadn't signed up this year. Perhaps next year.
It was on one of her morning walks that she was approached by someone
claiming to want to help her with her “special abilities.”
“You mean the violin?” she questioned, indicating the instrument hanging
from her shoulder. “You give lessons?”
“No,” said the man. “That's not what I meant. Have you been
experiencing any strange phenomena? Perhaps spontaneous regeneration or
hearing other people's thoughts? Or maybe you can pass through solid
objects?” he added with a sly, almost knowing smile.
Helen stopped suddenly and narrowed her eyes at him. She was about to ask
him how he could possibly know about that when a dry voice in the back of
her mind told her that it would be more prudent to ask him if he were crazy.
“You mean like X-men?” she said, adding a smirk. “Yeah, sure, I'm
Kitty Pride. Really. Walk through solid objects! Where do people come up
with these things?” With that, she continued on her way.
“You mean, you haven't experienced anything strange?” asked the man,
catching up with her.
“The strangest thing I've experienced in years is you,” Helen replied, a
grin on her face and in her voice which told the man that she thought he was
“Look, here's my card,” he said, handing one to her. “If you do find
anything strange happening, let me know.”
“Suresh,” said Helen, glancing at the card. “What's this number?”
“It's in the states,” answered Suresh. “New York. Reverse the charges
if you like. I'm here for a few more days. My hotel number is on the
Helen raised an eyebrow at him. “I've got to get to school,” she said.
“If I'm late one more time it's detention.”
This time, the man let her go on her way. And there was no way in heaven,
hell or on Earth that she would ever call him. That dry voice in her mind
seemed to think it was a bad idea and when that dry voice told her
something, she listened. It had saved her from a lot of stupid things in the
past and she was sure it was saving her now....