Dulled Mind by Jared J. Fleming

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Dulled Mind is a novel, simply put, about Naomi’s life. And Naomi’s life isn’t exactly easy.

She goes from port to port, trying to hide her true nature as a psion from an intolerant and fearful world. She makes her living by being hired by governments to destroy targets, to complete missions that those in power don’t want their names attached to. One wrong move, and a planet turns against her. One misstep, and people around her die. She’s been doing this for fifteen years, and every day, she knows she comes closer to making enemies with the wrong people, displaying her powers at the wrong time. How long until the balancing act falls apart?

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Every night, it was the same. The same background. Same foreground. Same voices. Same half-formed creatures whispering in her ear. The same mantra, thousands of times, from a thousand mouths.

“Let us in, let us out. Let us in, let us out. Let us in, let us out.”

Naomi refused, every time. At every request one of the monsters made, she would reply with silence. Some got clever, or at least tried to be, showing her childish visions of empires and kingdoms to call her own, like she still held the infantile fantasy of princesshood close to her heart. Some got violent, almost lashing out at her with pseudopods that flickered between existence and ethereality. They never actually struck her. Something held them back mere inches from her face. Most just kept to discordant, chaotic chanting.

Thirty-five years of this had jaded Naomi, to say the least. Maybe when she was ten, the creatures had a chance. Instead of silence, she would flee, hot tears streaming down her face and barely formed words pouring from her mouth. But those things did not pursue her then. They only did when she was old enough to control herself and her psionics.

They only wanted her when she became useful…

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“Every night, it was the same. The same background. Same foreground. Same voices. Same half-formed creatures whispering in her ear. The same mantra, thousands of times, from a thousand mouths.

“Let us in, let us out. Let us in, let us out. Let us in, let us out.”

Naomi refused, every time. At every request one of the monsters made, she would reply with silence. Some got clever, or at least tried to be, showing her childish visions of empires and kingdoms to call her own, like she still held the infantile fantasy of princesshood close to her heart. Some got violent, almost lashing out at her with pseudopods that flickered between existence and etherality. They never actually struck her. Something held them back mere inches from her face. Most just kept to discordant, chaotic chanting.

Thirty five years of this had jaded Naomi, to say the least. Maybe when she was ten, the creatures had a chance. Instead of silence, she would flee, hot tears streaming down her face and barely formed words pouring from her mouth. But those things did not pursue her then. They only did when she was old enough to control herself and her psionics.

They only wanted her when she became useful. ”

 

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