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Understanding the Normal

Though it didn’t happen until last last night, another one hundred and forty-eight words were written and C For Continuing popped up over thirty thousand words.  Why did it wait so long to happen?  Because after I left the coffee shop I stopped off at Capital Gastropub for brunch, ran into someone I know, and we ended up drinking four mimosas each while chatting about relationships, makeup, and politics–

Before the drinking started.

Before the drinking started.

Needless to say I was a little toasty by the time I made it home at two-thirty in the afternoon, and by the time I started feeling myself I was only an hour away from getting notes for Fear the Walking Dead.  So writing was hard.

This means I’m now less than ten thousand words from forty, which is the first bench mark I notice on the way through novel land.  And the part that led up to this point in Chapter Three is the last few hundred words of Chapter Two.  And it’s right below, were Alex wonders what Annie wants to ask:

 

(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016 by Cassidy Frazee)

 

Alex nodded. “Sure.”

“Did you have a difficult time with your family when you came out last summer?”

There wasn’t any need for Alex to prod Annie for the why of the question: it was fairly obvious. “Kerry having a difficult time at home?”

Annie nodded. “They’re not speaking to him.” The tiniest of raspberries flowed over her lips. “His parents are so damn passive-aggressive, so this is how they show their displeasure.”

“Yeah, my parents were like that at first.” Alex set her elbows upon the table and rested on her arms. “The acted like they didn’t know how they should deal with me, so they spent the better part of the first two weeks I was home pretending I wasn’t there.”

“Why? It seems so strange that they’d react that way.” Annie shook her head. “It’s difficult for me to understand how any parent could treat their children that way, especially one that was born a witch.”

Alex shrugged. “It’s just how it is.”

“Well, it’s stupid: I don’t understand how your parents can be that way.”

“That’s because you’ve never had a Normal life, not like us: magic has been there from before you were born.” Alex lowered her voice so no one else could overhear them.  “Normal adults don’t get real magic so they don’t get us. I mean, they have this understanding that witches and magic are all bullshit, so when one of their own kids comes home from school and tells them, ‘Hey, guess what? I’m a witch and I can do magic’, they first think we’re lying to them. Then when we show them we’re not—” She shrugged. “Parents don’t get how we are as tweens and teens, so how are we to expect them to get us now?

“That’s why you have a hard time understanding what Kerry’s going through, ‘cause in your house you only have to deal with your parents trying to cope with a teenage girl: they don’t have to deal with a just-out witch.”

 

Above you can find the quote from the trailer, though it’s broken up just a bit, but the intent is just the same:  Annie doesn’t understand this concept where Normal parents are pissy about their kids becoming witches.  And it isn’t that strange when you think about it:  Annie didn’t know many witches outside her family before attending Salem and it seem she wasn’t given a heads up about how Normals react to having witch kids.  She knew she shouldn’t do magic around them, but this is something all the more different.

It’s safe to say that when it comes to being a witch, Annie’s led a life of privilege.  At this moment in her life her parents are going to treat her like billions of other teen girls are treated and not like someone who they feel has just gone over to the Dark Side–

"See, your parents only have to worry about you tossing magic around when you don't get dessert--hum, I guess mine have to worry about the same now..."

“See, your parents only have to worry about you tossing magic around when you don’t get dessert–hum, I guess mine have to worry about the same now…”

Both my kids are looking for understanding and answers from their friends and they’re getting it.  It’s a good thing they made friends during their B Levels, otherwise this time in their lives might be difficult as hell to manage.  Which means that at the end her Annie reaches some kind of understanding:

 

Annie understood what Alex told her, but she still couldn’t see why The Malibey’s were acting as they did towards their son. She suspected it had a lot to do with how they treated Kerry before his coming out. It’s all about control and becoming a witch was something they never saw coming and therefore couldn’t keep from manifesting. “But they do get used to the idea, yes? Your parents seem good with you now.”

Alex munched on another sushi roll before answering. “They’re very much okay with it now. They let me do a little magic around the house where it helps out with some things and once a week I fly into Kiev to pick up things for my mother.” She sipped her virgin mojito. “Jario’s parents stayed butthurt at him nearly the whole summer: it wasn’t until he got his travel package for our C Levels that they all finally sat down and got everything straight.” She waved her hand as if pushing something unseen aside. “They’ll get over it, Annie. In time neither of you will have anything to worry about.”

This was something Annie dearly wanted to believe, but given what she know of Kerry’s parents she suspected that “getting over it” was something The Malibeys didn’t do quite as easily as Alex suspected—

Especially his mother: it seems like coming to terms with anything Kerry does these days is a practicality she’d rather ignore. Annie didn’t nothing to prevent the smirk she felt inside from appearing. I wonder when Kerry will tell her that all the magic comes from her bloodline? I also wonder when he’s going to tell her more about me, my family, and my family history?

The smirk began to fade as one last thought came to her: how was Kerry’s mother going to react when she discovered that she not only a son but a daughter? It was in that moment that Annie understood his near-fear at having his first transition happened before he returned to school—

Annie brushed all those concerns aside. There’s nothing I can do, nothing at all. I can offer support from afar, but he’ll have to confront this problem on his own. She glanced off to one side so Alex couldn’t see the concern in her eyes. I’m certain he can do this, but it seems it won’t be an easy task

She took a sip of her drink as she faced Alex and smiled before speaking. “Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, where do you want to go after lunch?”

 

Annie’s starting to feel what Kerry is feeling, and that trepidation is finally sinking in.  But she’s certain Kerry will muddle through the issues with his parents–though she’s also certain it won’t be easy.  And…  I could tell her something, but then that would mean she’s getting visions and she had enough of those.

With Chapter Two finished we’re on to Chapter Three, and guess how that starts?  Well, if you said “Annie goes off to have lunch with someone,” you’d be correct.  Only it’s a lot closer to home and with someone you might not imagine…

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4 thoughts on “Understanding the Normal

  1. Kerry should hang on for a bit. I mean, what’s new, anyways. It isn’t as if his family ‘s has shown love and care before. And it’s even so much better now, come to think of it. He has power ! ! ! ( and money )

    • After this new scene with Annie we get to the scene where Kerry and his Mom *finally* have a little talk about what he does at school–like the scene in the trailer if he knows magic that can be used to hurt people. How will Mommy handle the truth?

  2. With everything going on between Kerry and his parents, I’m with Annie. It will be a nightmare if he makes the transition at home with his parents (at least right now). I’m pretty certain once everything cools down with his mother, his father will be OK with the whole idea. From what I’ve noticed, Dad’s more receptive, but he follows Mom’s lead. If Mom’s not OK with something, he isn’t.

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