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A thought-provoking short story
on August 1, 2011
C. L, Smith is advertised as a New York Times best-selling author. This free amazon kindle book is one of her short stories. A sixteen year old girl, who has just begun to feel her sexual urges and who has begun to love to flirt, is sent by her mother to her grandmother because her mother can't deal with her coming of age. Her grandmother works in a carnival and reads minds. The girl is certain that her grandmother is a fake because no one can really read minds. But then her grandmother leaves her alone to read the minds of customers and she discovers two things. First, she can read minds. It is a skill that runs in her family, from her father's side. This is why her mother could not deal with her and sent her to her father's mother who has this skill. Second, she discovers that she is not only a girl, but also a cat. People can read the tale and understand it literally or see the ability to read minds as a metaphor for her becoming mature and paying attention to and understanding people. Similarly, her being also a cat could mean that she is beginning to recognize and use her ability to flirt.