Six Sentence Sunday: Full Metal Librarian XXXIX (Warriors)

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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)

  1. 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. 😉

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