“Are you even listening, Mark? I’m beginning to wonder why am I here? Why?”
Mark’s mother is not scolding, not really. Chiding, teasing, though there is an edge to the mother’s voice- “Why me?
In the dining chair beside the mother, her child has been immersed in an interactive topology game on his iPad for the last thirty minutes. Very solemnly the child speaks in a thin voice to his mother as one might speak to a classmate who is having difficulty with a homework assignment. “Everything has been decided, from the beginning of the universe.”
“What do you mean?’
“This is the time you are supposed to be with me the mother and child moment.”
“O’ sure, that is it.” His mother does n’t know whether to laugh at the answer or be impressed or annoyed. “It is my free will that I decided to stay with you at home, instead of running errands.
Mark is not persuaded. “Mom, no. There are not accidents in free will.” He persists: nothing could be accidental, for all things are determined there’s no chance of something just swerving off on its own.”
Her mother laughs. “ You are too smart. But there are plenty of accidents in life. Really.” No one except the parents could know the secret of their child, the beginning of his life. The unexpected pregnancy was a nightmare, when she was going through the chemotherapy but decided not to abort. She had strong faith and belief,that there is a super power or something like God, who will take care of the life that is growing inside her. Mark was a premature baby and fragile. They had to visit the doctor in every month to check his health, to make sure that he will be a normal baby. And he turned out to be an exceptional child, very wise for his age. It is sometimes hard to understand what he says; a lot more like his philosophical father.She loves her deeply and now without him could not imagine her life. She glances at him before getting up to make some ginger tea. Mark has returned his attention to the damned iPad in his lap. There is an air about Mark’s intense curiosity which feels like he is a fairy caught in a net.He has grown, but has remained small for his age, late in speaking, but when he started to speak it was in phrases, vocabulary flourished with long words. She wonders if, gazing at her, Mark might see something in her, unknown to her, unfathomable. Last time Mark told one of her friend that she was an old soul and it will be easy for her to find her ways out in this universe. Her friend was surprised to hear this from a small child and out of courtesy, did n’t say anything, except she pushed her chair and kissed Mark’s forehead. “ You are astonishing!”
One day Mark asks her to participate in a game of hide and seek but in a different way.
“What do you mean by a different way?” Mark’s mother asks.
“Just come and look for me in my room.” he says before walking away.
His mother counts to ten and knocks at Mark’s door several times. Impulsively she opens the door. “Mark? Where are you?” She looks in the closet, stoops to peer beneath the bed, and even lifts the bed cover and the pillows. “Mark!This is not funny…?” She laughs nervously. The child is certainly in the room somewhere, but where? There is only one glass window which is shut tight. If he crawled through the window to go to the lawn outside not have shut the window behind him! Was it possible, Mark has the power to create somehow or something, may be a miracle, a way to make himself invisible. She sits down at the edge of Mark’s bed. He cann’t just vanish from his room! Or is it possible! She thinks. desperately she opens all the drawers in his dresser. “Mark? Please don’t scare my..” It feel like the vivid presence might vanish from the world as you switch off a lamp and be plunged into darkness. It seems like the stories her grandmother used to tell her-the stories of Gods and their super powers. But it can n’t possible in this era! Or it is possible?
Out of nowhere Mark appears, behind her, on the farthest corner of the room,smiling at his astonished mother.
“Oh, Mark! You frightened me…”
She embraces him without asking him any more questions. She does n’t want to know how or where he was hiding. She is glad to have him back in the house, with her.