Beryllium (A Sample) (Part 1, page 2 of 5)

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Part 1

"So what's with these waterfalls?" I begin packing veggie tofu stir fry in my Nightmare Before Christmas lunch box. "Is there energy radiating from them or alien sightings?" I ask and hum the Twilight Zone tune.

"Very funny," Mom rolls her eyes. "I had a dream about Angel Falls."

Throughout the past fifteen years, mom's fascination with metaphysics has exponentially grown with age. Soon enough, understanding the world in every aspect, from the nature of existence, to the study of causality started to really catch my attention in high school because it's a subject that's usually avoided. Actually, I think it's forbidden in all public schools. Hmm…now why would that be? "You did?" I exclaim in excitement. "So did I!"

"Really?!" she clasps her hands together-hopeful that I'm inheriting her visionary gift. Mom has an acute sense of knowing what's going to happen in the future, through dreams mostly. I guess you can call it a super intense gut feeling or a freakishly strong form of a mother's intuition, but whatever it is-it works.

"Just kidding," I chuckle.

"Oh my god, you're such an evil little gremlin," Mom pushes me out of the kitchen and gives me a quick peck on the cheek. "Hurry up and go to class, you're going to be late."

Rummaging through my backpack I find my car keys and the lip balm that has been missing for weeks. Leila, our faithful pest controller, pounces toward me and rubs up against my jeans.

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