July 28th, 2007

cass, can you not

Original Fic: On the Conservation of Energy and Grief

I'm not entirely satisfied with this one, so I'm not posting it to Hectowords. I think it really wants to be a much longer piece than what I'm capable of writing right now.

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The problem with being a precognitive was that you couldn't avoid the long-term consequences of your actions, and that included the action of not killing innocent people to stop what their grandchildren would do. The problem with also being a telepath was that she couldn't avoid a too-intimate knowledge of the short-term consequences of those decisions.

She was paralyzed, and that was a choice, too; perhaps the least defensible one. But she was cradling in her arms the solution to her dilemma: Cassandra and Penelope. One of them only a precognitive, the other just a telepath. They wouldn't be burdened like she was. They would act. They would walk a thin line, but they would move.

And, in the end, they would kill each other.

Eve cried over her daughters, wishing that wasn't the best future she could see.