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The Mutant Problem

Published: July 19, 2015


 

Wanda

 

Wanda lives in chic poverty over an art gallery/night club/event house which she owns. Like her brother, Pietro, she changed her name as soon as she was legally an adult but she's not as bitter about their past.

"I changed my name because Pietro did and I desperately wanted to be with my brother at all times. He was the only constant in my life. Pietro forgot-- or chose to forget-- that Father wasn't all that bad. He was distant but loving. He helped us with our homework every evening. He made sure we had packed lunches. When I was very small, he would make puppets out of paper clips and sent them dancing across the kitchen table. He was a teacher once; he loved helping children and youth."

Why do you think he changed?

"I think maybe he loved too much. He saw how our people were suffering and it mixed with his post-traumatic stress from the concentration camps. I mean, how cruel is it for a man to be twice persecuted? First for his religion, then for his genetic capabilities. Experiences like that can twist you; when it happens twice--"

She looked away, chin lifted. She was crying and I had no idea what to do.

"I miss my father so much."

 

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