When Kathy was five years old, instead of beginning kindergarten, Kathy’s parents placed her in private tutelage.
They looked at dozens of schools, public programs, private institutions, schools that were religiously affiliated, and they did not encounter a single program that they felt like they could trust.
In most cases they could tell within seconds or minutes that the administrators saw exposure to Kathy as something they could exploit.
They kept looking.
They took these step because they were continuously unnerved by Kathy’s mannerisms. The things she said and did, the things she knew, the profound abilities of her powerful intellect, that differentiated her from everyone, not just children her age.
They were afraid of her, and they feared for her.
They did not want Kathy to grow up in the face of other people’s fear. They felt it would warp her, possibly turn her into a guarded and hateful person.
They were desperate to help her, and eager to be released from their parental obligations. They could not face the idea of simply home-schooling her. They themselves needed a break from managing her day to day, hour by hour. They also knew that they did not have the skills to guide her.
They sought private tutors to help them, professionals under a variety of disciplines.
Every tutor Kathy’s parents brought in to teach her manifested predictable and disturbing patterns.
Tutors, psychologists, scholars; her parents contracted with people inside and outside of the educational system; scientists, doctors, specialists in human behavior.
They exhausted their resources doing it.
Without exception the behaviors and interactions that each of them had with Kathy filled her parents with dread, and Kathy with a cynical unease.
At first they were delighted. Would be welcoming in their initial encounters, and she would tease them with the things they wanted to know.
They would come back to Kathy’s parents at the end of the day, glassy eyed, and wondering at the genius of their child, going on and on about her potential, and her unique gifts
As the days went on they became fearful, scared. Those same gifts that had delighted them just days earlier, unnerved them with continuing exposure.
If Kathy wanted to get rid of them, she would attack them. She would misuse her psychic gifts by exploiting their fears and weaknesses, by exposing their deepest secrets.
This drove most of them away.
Those who stayed did so either because they had stalwart character, or because they were shameless, seeing in Kathy someone who they could build a career on.
They tested her, and wrote about her.
The shameless sought to use her for their own benefit, believing she would be a source of fame and wealth.
The altruistic among them were convinced that the fate of the world hinged on learning her secrets.
Kathy’s private education was a bitter disappointment. Her parents quickly learned that they must put non-disclosure agreements in place with everyone who came in contact with Kathy, after which they were constantly occupied with the legal action to enforce them.
By her tenth birthday, Kathy’s parents decided to forego tutors. They had proven to be of little help to her or them.
They put her in the care of doctors and clergy, people from institutions which they believed had a broader commitment to supernal values, to doing good for the sake of doing good. They told themselves that this would protect Kathy from the meanness of the world.
They placed Kathy completely in their care, entrusting them to guard and educate her. With that they withdrew.
They finally found the release they were looking for. They took what savings they had left and moved as far away as possible. They had no more desire to be a part of the decision making processes for their daughter.
They were confident her needs would be looked after, she would be nourished and sheltered, they had done what they could.
They gave up.
Kathy was alone now, sequestered.
She was not an orphan, she was just a child with no parents.
She was overwhelming sad at the absence of the only people who had ever loved her.
She was despondent.
She had no sense of belonging.
Kathy withdrew into herself and patiently endured being an object of fascination.
The people who took over Kathy’s care were good people, by and large. It had taken years for them to identify just who among the dozens of tutors and doctors they had consulted with, could be trusted to look out for Kathy’s interests, instead of their own.
Kathy’s imprimatur was key to the selection process. She knew that her parents were preparing to leave her, she understood their motivations.
This made her sad, made her angry, but she understood.
She used her abilities to narrow their choices, and to affirm them
Then she said goodbye to them.
It took a great deal of time for Kathy’s proctors, her selected panel of advisors to find an institution for her. She knew what motivated them as well. Their self-interest was apparent, but it was not a dominant factor in their search, or their decision making.
For the most part, they merely wanted to discharge their responsibility to Kathy in an expeditious manner.
When they found a place for her, they told her it was a home for prodigies, gifted youngsters.
They believed it, for the most part, even though they knew the truth, they knew that the home was a front for the National Security Establishment.
They also knew it was safe
It was the safest place they could possibly imagine, but those who had been entrusted to help Kathy, had betrayed her, and to some degree her parents knew it.
Kathy accepted it all, just as they voices within her moved her to do.
Kathy read, she listened, she watched.
She was the most astute observer any of her teachers had ever seen.
She engaged all of her senses in the act of probing her memories. She brought to life the most-minute details of her ancestral experience.
She learned to remember the events she probed more accurately than the original participants could see it for themselves,
She was able to triangulate her recall of a specific moment, seeing it, from the perspective of multiple observers. She learned to penetrate their memories and their internal reflections, to separate those reflections as they changed over time.
She studied and took tests, at the same time she was tested, probed, and examined by her proctors. They were continually seeking the limits of her knowledge, and developing theories as to how it was stored, what part of her psyche gave her access to it.
They used her as an experiment.
As a child she was periodically in a position where she did know what was going on, at times she just wanted to let things happen, she did not want answers as to why it was happening.
There were many occasions when she was unaware of what was transpiring, but she learned to see patterns, to dwell in them.
She preferred to think of things in terms of patterns, to depersonalize them rather than seek the individual motives of the people she was interacting with.
Kathy learned to cope, she was alone in the world without family or friends. She had teachers, and handlers, some were nice to her, most possessed a calculated indifference.
They held her in high esteem, they were proud of the work they did with her.
Kathy’s handlers had never considered the concept of an “ordinary psychic.” They were the foremost experts in all things paranormal, and supernatural.
Genuine telepaths were exceedingly rare, but they existed, and when they were discovered every effort was made to bring them into the fold of the national security apparatus so that their talents could be used for the benefit of the government.
They were coerced if they would not come voluntarily.
In the later 20th century their abilities were tested, analyzed, put to use by spy agencies and police forces around the world. Genuine psychics were considered to be among the most vital assets of the state.
They could be very difficult to find. Given the nature of their abilities they were able to see dangers approaching from a long way away.
Most of the world’s psychics were mentally, emotionally and psychologically unstable.
The line between psychic abilities and psychosis was very thin. Schizophrenia and madness were common features among the gifted.
Psychic abilities of any degree were extraordinary.
Kathy’s gifts required a completely different understanding of the range of possibilities.
Every aspect of her life was studied in its most minute detail. With the greatest scrutiny being given to her genetic profile.
Her eggs were harvested, and she was cloned.
Kathy was the most significant subject of scientific inquiry that the world knew nothing about.
Kathy’s moods normalized as she grew older, she adjusted to the reality of her differences.
Even though she had always understood, objectively, that she was unique, that she was a different kind of human than had ever walked the earth, she had resisted this.
She did not want to embrace it.
She was not homo sapient sapient, she was homo sapient ancestral, she was human potential, fully realized.
She was not only self-aware, she carried within her the full awareness of her ancestors.
She found resources in her memory to guide her in the development of self-control.
She quietly disciplined herself to the measures that her ancestors desired her to take, she did this in the field of consciousness where time was meaningless.
She did it in no-time.
As she learned to control her feelings and her moods, she learned to do many other things as well.
She disciplined herself to the practical tasks that she was always being asked to perform by her handlers.
Her gift for analyzing data grew exponentially.
Institutions formed around her, think-tanks devoted themselves to studying her, access to her was more valuable to national intelligence than access to the fastest super-computer.
Her existence was among the most closely held secrets in the government, only the National Security Council had an inkling of the full range of her capabilities.
Part Four, Kathy
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