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Don't Be a StrangerDon't Be a StrangerSitting in the front row of a funeral service in a church that you've never been too can be a very difficult and traumatic couple of hours. Especially when the person is extremely important to the one you love the most, but they are a stranger to you.Less than two years ago my girlfriend's father died; I didn't know him. Even though I didn't know him, he knew me, as any father would with the boy who dates his baby girl for the last seven years. In the seven years leading up to his death I had never spoke to him, I was afraid of him. In seven years I never shook his hand, never shared a conversation, I never even stayed in the same room as him for more than a brief moment. Like I said before I didn't know him, but he knew me.While sitting just a few feet from his lifeless body I couldn't let myself become emotional, for his daughter, for his wife, for everyone. I was being strong and I didn't want to be. Never before had something been so messed up as a seven year
1The streets of Oldtown aren't crowded, far from it actually. Most of the towns population is made up of older farmers who never had the opportunity to escape to a better life and so they are stuck here.In a world filled with the “gifted” this town is pretty empty. Most people in this town have no powers and the one's who do are too old to have a family so carrying on their gift is no longer a possibility.The only exception in this town is a young girl barely into her eighteenth year named Kari. Her full name is Kariline Evenroot, which in the world of the gifted means quite a lot. Her mother was the child of two gifted and her father the same. By all accounts she should be a master of any of the typecaster skills a genius even, but she isn't. Even though her family where all very skilled she has yet to discover her ability.Normally her mother and father would be the ones expected to foster her skills until she decided to strike out on her own but young Kari is an orphan.