We now enter the final four days of the A to Z Challenge! It was actually rather difficult to choose the jobs for the final four letters, except for Z. I’ve known what Z would be for quite a while. X is tomorrow, and I had a tough time with that one. Y still hasn’t been chosen. But here is W.
Fourth day, seventh month, ninth year after colonisation, Ariadne Era (7/04/09 AE)
“Sal, I’m going on break,” said Kaoru Hara as she walked through the kitchen and back to the staff room.
“Right,” he responded. “Bit slow out there now?”
“Not a single person out there. Shane’s taking care of everything.”
Kaoru grabbed a tablet from her bag and checked her messages. Two messages. That’s odd, a message from the school. She tapped on the call icon and watched the small waveform animation. A face appeared on screen. Margaret Sanderson.
“Mrs. Hara? I’m so glad you called,” she said.
“Is there something you wanted to talk to me about?” asked Kaoru.
“Yes. I’m afraid there’s something I need to see you about. It has to do with Chisa.”
Chisa? She couldn’t have fallen off the table, could she? She’s always climbing up there. “What happened?”
“Well, this is a bit hard to explain. You know the incident two years ago with the young Knight girl?”
Knight girl? Kaoru’s eyes widened. “No. I mean yes, I know what happened. But there must be a mistake. Chisa? She couldn’t—“
“I’m afraid this isn’t the second time a child has exhibited unusual abilities. Chisa has shown the same abilities as Solona Knight. She showed me a small flame. It always seems to start with fire with these kids. I suggest you come over here to see her. She’s really frightened.”
“Of course, I’ll be there in a few minutes,” said Kaoru. She turned off the tablet and ran to the kitchen.
“What’s up?” said Sal.
“Sorry, Sal. I need to go to Chisa’s school. Something happened.” She pulled off her apron.
“No problem,” he said. “Take care of your kid.”
“Thanks. You’re the best.”
Kaoru dashed to the break room and grabbed her bag. Why does this have to happen to my kid?