Charlie’s daemon hasn’t settled yet because he’s so young. Sometimes, when she thinks the other boys won’t notice, she copies their forms just to see if any of them feel right. In the gym there will be a shimmer and a St. Bernard puppy flops behind the legs of Beatrice as Barclay bench-presses weights heavier than Reece and Jaenny combined. A second Norwegian forest cat peers yellow eyes from beneath the sofa when Tom plays guitar and Charlie strums a counter-melody. They try out snakes like Jake’s Ceto, but the two heads confuse her.
The other boys do always notice.