…“I know another really good resale shop.” Jennifer led them to a street corner and across with the other pedestrians.
They walked another block and passed a used book store. The girl stopped when one of the books on display in the window caught her attention; and was so distracted that she didn’t even notice that Jennifer and Ami continued walking. The book’s picture of a round disk hovering over buildings triggered a memory of something exploding. She winced. The memory quickly disappeared when the reflection of two girls around her age appeared on her left giggling, pointing and mocking her behind their hands.
“They get weirder looking every year,” one girl said in a very audible whisper to her friend.
She turned and faced her two antagonists. The one on the right wore a thin-strapped shirt and several necklaces of varying lengths. Her hair was long and streaked with bright colors and braided in several places. Silver charms dangled at the end of each long braid. The girl’s friend had short black hair and wore several metal loops on her ears. The short-haired girl cupped her hand to whisper into the ear of her friend. The long-haired girl snickered.
“Awww. Your mommy can’t buy you real clothes?” the long-haired girl teased.
She quickly looked at her opaque shopping bag and then back at the bullies.
“Maybe she’s waiting for a flood,” said the black-haired girl, looking at her boots.
She clasped the pendant protectively when the long-haired girl saw it. She squared her shoulders and stood firmly as she gave the girls a defiant stare to show that she wasn’t going to be intimidated by them.
The long-haired girl smirked and stepped forward, reaching her hand out towards the pendant’s chain to grab it. “Thanks!”
Without consciously thinking about it, she felt electricity pulse from her shoulder blades down to her hands and then out to the two girls. They suddenly flew backwards several paces from where they stood and landed hard on the pavement. The two scrambled to their feet and quickly put as much distance between themselves and her as they were able while stealing glances over their shoulders.
If she wasn’t staring at her hands as if seeing them for the first time, she would have laughed at the silly girls’ frightened and surprised expressions.
There was a flash of a memory of a large rock in a classroom. Why do I remember this? Oh, now I know. I can do Moving.
She turned around when hearing footsteps from behind her.
“There you are! We crossed the street and then I noticed you weren’t with us.” Jennifer narrowed her eyes at the two girls retreating quickly down the sidewalk. “Are you okay?”
“I saw one of those girls come at you. It’s incredible the way you knocked them both down at the same time. You’re so fast, I didn’t see you move. I didn’t even think it’s possible in Tae Kwon Do.”
What was Tae Kwon Do? With an exhale she said, “I Moved them away.” She realized that she said ‘moved’ in S’Renen and repeated herself in English when Jennifer looked at her incredulously.
“You ‘moved’ them away.” Jennifer’s expression didn’t change.
“Yes. Moved them.”
A fleeting look crossed Jennifer’s eyes before she took the girl’s arm to lead her. “Let’s go back to the car.”
She thought Jennifer was angry with her because no other word was said until they reached a huge building and parked in an empty space with the other cars in neat rows. Even then, it sounded as if it wasn’t directed towards her.
“We’ll get everything else in here.”
There definitely was a wall between them, but she didn’t speak for fear of making Jennifer angrier….