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On Beyond the Curtain: Remembering That Day in September

The next chapter is underway and it’s starting out well–or as well as most of my chapter begin.  It took me a while to set the scene, but after about ninety minutes I had close to eight hundred words written, which leaves me with a warm and fuzzy.  Does that mean I’m going to get some writing in tonight?  Maybe.  I have to start on my next Sense8 recap, and given that those generally turn into three thousand word monsters, I may just get half-way through it, watch the next episode of Better Call Saul, put in a mermaid/MerMay scene, and then call it a night.

It all depends on how that recap goes.  Always.

Anyhow, it’s time to get back to my kids being psychologically abused by an old spirit, with particular emphases on a non-female member of Annie’s household:

 

(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016, 2017 by Cassidy Frazee)

 

“Are you really going to make me spell it out, Annie?” The Phoenix cocked her head to one side, much as she had done when she first met Kerry. “Do I really have to talk about the daddy issues you have?” She turned to a slightly shocked Kerry. “Don’t tell me you’ve never thought about them?”

Kerry glanced over at Annie before turning back to The Phoenix. “We don’t talk about her father that much. I mean, I know not everything is perfect between them—”

“Perfect between them doesn’t even begin to cover the sort of shit that has happened.” The Phoenix looked up towards the sky as she laughed. “Damn, dude. You really have no clue about your one and only’s real relationship with Daddy Dearest, do you?”

While there had been much discussion about Kerry’s situation at home, little was ever said of Annie’s relationship with her parents. He knew Annie got along well with her mother—and her mother had always been nice to him—but the same could not be said about her father. He remembered feeling unnerved by him the first time they met, but as Ms. Rutherford had explained that was likely due to her father sizing him up, determining if he was worthy enough to date his daughter.

But as often as she talked about her relationship with her mother, Kerry realized almost nothing was discussed concerning her relationship with her father. Except, Kerry suddenly remembered, there was one thing…

 

The term “daddy issues” hasn’t come up because we haven’t actually seen much interaction between Annie and her father, except for those moments when Kerry and she have meet them at a jaunt station.  And there have only been hints about this–like when Annie recounted how she almost died trying to fly on her broom by herself because Papa was too busy to help her.  And now Kerry is remembering a moment from their past…

 

The Saturday after their first full week at school was when Annie went to visit Deanna for the first time at Memory’s End and he was with Vicki checking out on the Espinoza 4500. That was the day they were both given free rein to fly around the school grounds unmonitored, he on his 4500 and Annie on and Espinoza 3500.

Near mid-afternoon, after they’d eaten lunch and flown a couple more hours, they set down on the northern shore of Lake Lovecraft and rested, laying side-by-side in the grass as they stared up into the sky. It was during that time that Annie made the most unusual request: she said to Kerry that no matter what happened, she would like it if he never mentioned what they had done to her father.

At the time Kerry didn’t think the request was all that unusual—then again, at the time, Kerry didn’t remember that he had known Annie nearly his entire life. In the two years since that incident occurred he’d never given the moment any thought—until now.

With The Phoenix insinuating that all was not perfect between Annie and her family, that particular moment on the shore of Lake Lovecraft stood out sharp and Kerry’s memories. And seeing the displeasure on Annie’s face had him realizing that there was far more to that innocent comment than he’d ever imagined.

 

Remember that little nugget?  Maybe you do, maybe you don’t.  For those who don’t–the majority, I’m assuming–let’s hop in the TARDIS and head back a little more than two years, novel time, and relive most of those moments:

 

(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book One: A For Advanced, copyright 2013, 2014, 2015 by Cassidy Frazee)

 

At no time in her life did Annie believe she’d share a moment like this with anyone. Her mother told her more than a few times that her Papa was the flier in the family, that she’d done what was necessary to get through A Level Basic Flight, and that they rarely flew together except during class, though that changed a bit after they graduated and married. Annie was aware she wasn’t much of a flier, either, and after her disastrous first flight, her interest had become less than zero.

But when Kerry asked her to fly with him, she couldn’t say no. His desire to see her fly, and his confidence at her unseen abilities, drove her to show him, her love, that she could meet his expectations. And his confident spilled into her being, for she’d never expected to sit upon an Espinoza and have it perform as expected.

Today, she’d piloted her broom as if she’d piloted one for years.

They flew another thirty minutes after lunch before setting down on the northern shore of Lake Lovecraft, unzipping their flight jackets and laying down next to each other upon the grass. Everything seemed so perfect to Annie—or as perfect as anything she’d felt since meeting Kerry two weeks ago. The weather, the company, being together on another adventure: given how the day has begun, she couldn’t ask for a finer interlude.

Yet something nagged her, and she soon understood that there was something she had to tell Kerry…

She stared into the sky while moving closer to him. “Can I ask you to do something for me?”

Kerry was lost in his own thoughts, but he heard Annie’s voice clearly. “Sure.”

“If you should ever meet my father—” She reached for Kerry’s left hand, holding it tightly against her stomach. “Please don’t tell him about this day.”

He knew the chances were slim that he’d meet Annie’s parents any time soon, but he respected her wish enough not to ask why. “Sure, Sweetie.”

“Thank you, my love.” She held on to his hand, as if she expected to float away without an anchor. “Thank you for everything.”

 

Yeah, don’t tell my father that I had a good time flying with someone who isn’t my daddy, and getting on a broom and flying around the school was no big deal

Now, you may ask, “Well, if Annie has a need to get recognition for her achievements, why wouldn’t she say something?”  Annie did talk about her classes at school and there were mentions of picking up her flight skills rather quickly and even doing the Mile High Flight.  It’s just that when it came to this particular flight–well, it was one she was asked to take, and she was asked to take it by the one person in the world who means more to her than members of her family–

That’s the sort of flight you don’t want people to know happened.

If it sounds like I’m spending a lot of time picking on Annie, don’t worry:

Kerry’s just about to get placed in the Phoenix’s spotlight…

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8 thoughts on “On Beyond the Curtain: Remembering That Day in September

  1. Cassie, I don’t get it…. I don’t know what the problem is…….. I don’t know what the issue is. Is she banned from flying, unless it’s a school activity ?

      • A bit confusing….. what was that Annie didn’t want Kerry to talk about, like when they leisurely flew together? Well, never mind, I’ll just reread.

        • It has to do with her story from the first novel, where she wouldn’t fly at home because her father kept blowing her off and she nearly died, and the first time Kerry asks her she flies like she’s grown up on a broom. It’s in the first novel.

          • I know that. But I feel her Dad was just so busy he couldn’t find time to teach her, so she tried flying by herself and nearly died. I know she got angry at her father, but I didn’t know that became a real issue to her, like, she could never forgive her father for that incident ? To be honest, my first impression of her was a spoiled brat. She could have patiently waited for her father , and not throw a tantrum like that where she did something dangerous, maybe to piss off her father ? She wanted a house, her father built one for her. Who does that ?

          • This is Annie we’re talking about. We’re discussing her flaws, and the needs to be recognized and told she’s doing good is a big one. This was all about proving to her father she didn’t need him. That’s gonna get brought up in this excerpt.

  2. It’s a typical rich, family Since her father ‘s work takes him to so many places around the world, her mother stays home to take care of her. Meanwhile, her dad puts in millions in her bank account, and build her a house, and her mom buys her branded stuff in Paris. I know she longs for her dad to stay by her side once in a while, but I’m sure her dad gets some free time , too. Although, the question is, does Annie get quality time from her father ? I don’t know that. It’s not in the book. I don’t know.

    • That’s because we haven’t seen much of their family life–which is what happens when the novel is focused on the kids themselves. Sure, we see this as normal among the kids with money, but Annie sees it far differently. Which is why it’s a flaw with her: with all she gets, she’s still “Daddy’s Little Girl” and wants his acknowledgement. In a way she is a bit spoiled, but she’d call you out if you said that.

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