Telepathy creates as many problems as it solves, as most of the members of the secret organization x0 would admit. When new member Lola discovers another group of telepaths with a completely different approach, those problems multiply at the speed of thought.
Soon, Lola’s family and friends are in danger. Lucky for her, she’s not your average budding psychic. Each person with whom she is close has a special gift of their own. That’s good, because it’s going to take every power they possess to keep this other group from succeeding with their plan to eradicate x0.
Monday night Lola and Alex sat out on the front porch, huddled together in jackets against the chilly December evening. Lola’s twinkly Christmas lights made an oddly festive backdrop to a serious conversation.
“I’m scared Alex. We’ve got something dangerous coming at us and we've got to trust each other and tell each other everything.”
Alex began his litany of reasons and excuses for why he’d never talked to Lola about his ability to slow down time, and Lola was wise enough to let him finish. She knew most of the facts already. She even understood them. The damn problem with understanding was that it was hard to stay angry.
“No more,” was all she said when he was done. “Whether it’s ego or fear or modesty, I don’t care. Everyone under this roof has got to completely understand what everyone else can do. No more secrets.”
“You sound like you’re getting ready to lead an army,” Alex said.
“I think maybe I am,” she replied. “You know, saving the world from my own front porch. You willing to help?”
He wrapped both of his arms around her in the way that she had always loved, the way that had always made her feel so safe.
“Reporting for duty, commander,” he whispered in her ear. “Keep me in mind for any assignment you have that requires speed or involves time.”
They walked into the house a few minutes later and found Teddie, Xuha, and Maurice talking softly in the living room. All three faces looked up, relieved to see that neither Lola nor Alex appeared to be upset.
“We have new house rules,” Alex said.
“Figured as much,” Teddie replied. “We’ve already been talking.”
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Sherrie grew up in Western Kansas thinking that there was no place in the universe more fascinating than outer space. After her mother vetoed astronaut as a career ambition, she went on to study journalism and physics in hopes of becoming a science writer.
She published her first science fiction short story long ago, and then waited a lot of tables while she looked for inspiration for the next story. When it finally came, it declared to her that it had to be whole book, nothing less. One night, while digesting this disturbing piece of news, she drank way too many shots of ouzo with her boyfriend. She woke up thirty-one years later demanding to know what was going on.
The boyfriend, who she had apparently long since married, asked her to calm down and explained that in a fit of practicality she had gone back to school and gotten a degree in geophysics and had spent the last 28 years interpreting seismic data in the oil industry. The good news, according to Mr. Cronin, was that she had found it at least mildly entertaining and ridiculously well-paying The bad news was that the two of them had still managed to spend almost all of the money.
Apparently she was now Mrs. Cronin, and the further good news was that they had produced three wonderful children whom they loved dearly, even though to be honest that is where a lot of the money had gone. Even better news was that Mr. Cronin turned out to be a warm-hearted, encouraging sort who was happy to see her awake and ready to write. &It's about time,& were his exact words.
Sherrie Cronin discovered that over the ensuing decades Sally Ride had already managed to become the first woman in space and apparently had done a fine job of it. No one, however, had written the book that had been in Sherrie's head for decades. The only problem was, the book informed her sternly that it had now grown into a six book collection. Sherrie decided that she better start writing it before it got any longer. She's been wide awake ever since, and writing away.
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