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Most of you agreed last week that Clyota was probably in need of therapy. So here she is, talking with her psychologist about her mother, as one does. Or so I’m told:
“All those stories about space heroes and brave kids saving the day, and death before dishonor, and all that stuff—she wanted to teach me to be just like her.” I shrugged again, welcoming the physical pain that jolted me out of the deeper kind. “It must be the only thing she failed at—I’m more a Wind in the Willows kind of person.”
“Which part of Wind in the Willows?” asked Rafe. “The part where the Rat and Mole rescue Toad? Or the part where the friends fight off the Stoats?”
You would think this story would be more Alice in Wonderland, but for some reason the Wind in the Willows kept showing up—maybe because Clyota isn’t really a fish out of water?
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28 thoughts on “Six Sentence Sunday: Full Metal Librarian XXXIX (Warriors)”
I LOVE this line. I shrugged again, welcoming the physical pain that jolted me out of the deeper kind.
Thanks, Lisa. 🙂
My thoughts exactly!!! Every time I read your snippets, I’m in love with this story all over again.
Thank you Karysa! Wow! 🙂
Yes, this is a great line. Always love reading these snippets.
I love the detail of her enjoying the physical pain to jar the emotional kind–like Lisa. Realistic.
And I never thought of this when I first read this scene, or any of the other session scenes with Clyota, but this time: it appears that Rafe is leading Clyota by suggesting what parts of Wind of the Willows she could be. I’ve always gotten the impression that psychologists fear doing that to someone, versus letting their clients coming to realizations themselves.
Not sure if it’s anything worth changing, but thought I’d mention it. Either way, great snippet.
You raise a good question, Lisa! I ran Rafe’s sections past two psychologists, who seemed to think this line of questioning was open enough to start a dialogue, at least with Clyota’s kind of patient.
But I’m open to arguments! 🙂
I think it depends on the therapist. I think some ask leading questions to encourage reflection. I think some who the classic, “and how do you feel about that?” At least, so I’ve heard. 😉
Great insight into her character. 🙂
Thank you, Jessica! Your six are always great, but this week—whew! 😀
Very nicely written..I felt like I was right there listening in!
Thanks, Christine. 🙂
She may be more like her mother than she thinks. Great six!
Could be. 🙂 Thanks, Jenna!
Jenna may have raised a good point. Great idea to have her talk in therapy and show us a little more abut her!
I hope so, Carrie . . . I’ve had mixed comments about it.
Funny where we author pull inspiration from!
True enough, Cara! 🙂
I like his question.
Thanks, Kate. I appreciate that! 🙂
I love the bits about the Wind in the Willows. It keeps Clyota very grounded. 🙂
Good—thank you, Wendy. 🙂
I love this scene. Physical pain better than psychological pain — that’s why people cut themselves, isn’t it? I’d say Rafe is not being very helpful!
Guess we’ll see, Sandra! 🙂
I love this scene! It says so much about her character, and about the therapist.
Thanks, Carrie-Anne! I love Rafe—he exudes serenity rays. 🙂
I’m late reading, Sarah, but really enjoyed this six. Especially the references to Wind in the Willows; they fit perfectly.
Thanks, Maddie. 🙂