My THEME for the A to Z challenge 2017 is an ongoing speculative fiction story featuring telepathy.
Each letter post is titled and inspired by a commonly misused word or phrase.
The story started with All Intents and Purposes.
Statute of Limitation
“Anah, a word please,” Mr. Bennett says as he passes my locker at the start of the day. A few students heckle me because teachers can only ever want a word if you’re in trouble.
I follow Mr. Bennett to his classroom. To keep our lack of lip movement from being suspicious, we stand in a corner and he holds a test paper near his face.
It was inconsiderate of me to make assumptions about your social life. Though, as your teacher, I am supposed to encourage you to bond with peers.
They aren’t my peers. No offense, but even you are a gray area there.
He frowns and rubs his splotchy star birthmark. If you want to avoid suspicion, then yes, these students are your peers. There’s a book I’d like you to read. It’s on the concept of the Umwelt.
You were born with certain powers of the mind. Therefore, it’s impossible for you to conceive what it’s like not to have them. I didn’t develop my gift until puberty, which is why I can understand both sides. People are limited to accepting the reality with which they are presented. That is the Umwelt concept in essence.
He writes me a hall pass to the library. My first class today is just study hall anyway. I find the book and head to the librarian’s desk.
“You have a two dollar late fee on your account.”
I roll my head back and make a gagging sound. “Isn’t there a statute of limitation on those? It’s from seventh grade. The middle school.”
“We have interconnected libraries.” The librarian taps the computer monitor.
“Can you just hold the book for me? I’ll come back this afternoon.” Hopefully, Mr. Bennett will lend me the cash. He’s the one that wants me to read this book.
“Here,” the librarian passes me an index card. “We accept well-written essays. This one is the equivalent to your fine.”
I mumble a thank you as I take the card and head to an empty table.
What are the top five skills you want to have and why?
(No need to leave a 300 word essay in the comments. And no, don’t expect two dollars. Ha ha.)
story by J Lenni Dorner
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