Daniel found Lydia and Karen on the doorstep of one of the nearby dorm houses talking to two brunette girls about their age. As he approached, both his sisters look around at him. Of course they’d sensed him looking for them.
“Dan!” Lydia said. “Has something happened?”
He shook his head. “I would have called you telepathically for that. It’s just that Kyle had a pretty good idea.” He smiled at the two girls who were staring at him questioningly.
“Is this one of your brothers then, Kaz?” the shorter of the two asked.
“Oh yes,” Karen said. “I’m being rude. This is my brother Daniel. Dan, this is Lucy Thomas.” She gestured to the girl who had spoken. “And this is her cousin Elizabeth – also Thomas. They’re both very good teleporters so they are going to be helping us get around when we need to.”
“It’ll be good to actually be doing something,” Elizabeth said. “We’ve both been feeling so helpless.” She looked back at Karen and Lydia. “Have we covered everything? We need to get lunch for the younger kids.”
“I think we have,” Lydia said. “We should talk again later though.”
“Of course,” Elizabeth said. “And you know where we are if you need us before then.”
â€œSo what’s Kyle’s suggestion?â€ Lydia asked as they walked back towards the house they were staying in.
â€œYou’re getting this precognitive stomach churning as well, aren’t you?â€ he asked.
â€œThat’s one way of putting it,â€ she said. â€œBut it’s not just my stomach and it’s getting worse as well. I almost want to scratch my skin off because it’s itching so much.â€
â€œI’m getting it a bit,â€ Karen said. â€œBut not like that.â€
â€œKyle suggested we asked Collette or Julie to help us clarify it,â€ he said.
â€œThat is a good idea, Lyd,â€ Karen said. â€œWe’re on the back foot at the moment and having to be reactive. If we can work out what’s causing this we might be able to get ahead.â€
“It is,” Lydia agreed. “Collette stayed at Ystelyan’s with Agora for the day so let’s find Julie.”
They found Julie in the room Sonia had found for her in one of the houses. She was lying on her stomach on one of the beds and watching the news. She looked up and smiled as they entered.
“We didn’t have TVs in the bedrooms when I was at school here,” she said. “Just in the lounge.”
“You were at school here in the 1950s, weren’t you? It’s amazing they had TVs at all,” Karen said dryly.
“The mid-1960s actually. I wasn’t that old when I jumped out of that plane.” Julie sat up. “Can I help you? All three of you have that ‘want to ask a favour’ look on your faces.”
“We do,” Lydia agreed. “We’re having – um – physiological symptoms from precognition but no visions or anything. Kyle thought you might be able to help.â€
“Probably,” she said. “What sort of symptoms? Churning stomach? Anxiety?â€
“Among other things,” Lydia said. “It’s making my skin itch really badly.” She scratched at her arms.
“Really?” Julie’s eyebrows shot up. “That bad and you aren’t getting any information?” She folded her arms and tapped her fingers against her elbows thoughtfully as she frowned at the ceiling. “That suggests that someone is blocking you. Not surprising, I suppose, but yes I think I can help. Is anyone else effected? We need as many people as possible.”
â€œKyle is,â€ Daniel said. â€œHe’s in the lounge.â€
â€œWell then,â€ she said. â€œLet’s go and see what we can find out.â€