Stephanie and James Vandegrift were prepared for an intelligent child, they were not
prepared for Aiden. For the first year or so, they were fairly sure they had a normal child on their hands, if a little more prone to attempting to bite things or otherwise explore them. By the time Aiden could talk, however, it became very clear that whatever adventure they'd thought having children would be, someone had thought to mock that endeavour. Aiden wasn't just intelligent, he was scarily
"Aiden Tomas Vandegrift! What did I tell you about the other kids."
"That it's okay to be smarter than everyone."
"But you don't need to go pointing it out."
"Other people don't like it."
Children do not react favourably to being asked why they are struggling to understand the basic concepts offered to them.
Asked Suzy Lovelace about her understanding and if her lack of was due to genetics or lack of application.
Split lip and black eye from enduring a walloping from her inappropriately strong lunchbox. Mother was displeased. It's unclear if mother's protest stems from the blood on her carpet, the cracked front tooth, the violence or the choice not to follow instructions.
Upd. Mark Tolly didn't like it either. Note: mother is probably right. However, she has provided me with the materials needed to attempt the understanding of how social interactions go.
Upd. Apologised to Suzy and asked if she would like help. She accepted and offered me half of her cookie. Mark pushed me in the mud. Hypothesis; girls are more sensible about things than boys.
Completely out of their depth as his parents were, Aiden couldn't fault them at least for the social lessons. His mother explained everything with a calm, patient air and his father was always there to play with him when he wanted, even when that meant being handily beaten at most games before they'd had a chance to really get into them. They wanted nothing more than to see him succeed, and as a green, his intelligence would only be encouraged further as he grew. So they got him tools and left him to tinker, at least until they'd decided he'd had enough being alone and shoved him at other children. Fortunately, Aiden was nothing if not delighted by other people, even if he didn't always understand all of the intricacies. He was bubbly, personable and eager to throw his arms around people for any reason. His lack of personal space came directly from the delight of human contact, rather than a lack of understanding of when it was appropriate. That didn't mean, he didn't have problems.
Coffee acts as a stimulant and can decrease the negative effects of a lack of sleep.
Work until eyes start drooping, break into Mom's supply of the 'good coffee' as she refers to it. If by the complete change in Mom before and coffee is anything to go by, it's clear that this must be some kind of miracle drug.
Coffee is the best thing in the world. Who needs sleep? There is no need for sleep, there is only coffee. Mom is displeased again. Again, not certain if the displeasure is because there was a serious dent in her coffee stores over night or if she feels two hours of sleep is too little. I asked, but she just sighed. Maybe she feels it's excessive?
Upd. Minor complication, apparently medics find current levels of caffeine alarming. Also they had some concerns about my ability to consume coffee even after intelligent life forms have begun to make their assault on the forming cultures.
Upd. Was given options: reduce level of caffeine intake or find some way to hide intake from the medic.
Will keep notes on the success of the latter option, which was inferred rather than explicit.
Upd. Turns out falling asleep on one's work bench while working with certain materials can leave one without eyebrows. Mom drew some on. People keep asking why I look quizzical. Also asked what happened to my other eyebrows. Mark Tolly made snide remarks about my eyebrows, I made snide remarks about his intelligence.
Upd. Mother once again informed me that it's fine to be smarter than Mark Tolly, but for the sake of my nose and ability to see out of my right eye, I should cease pointing it out. She may have a point.
People don't like it when you don't notice they cut their hair.
There is a slight chance I was supposed to notice Tracie's new haircut. However, my attempt to compliment her and get back on task for the group project, apparently made her burst into tears and storm out.
Upd. Apparently 'it looks nice' was not the reaction she was going for. Nor was 'I didn't realise you were blonde'.
Upd. 'Your hair looks really cute today' appears to have been the response she was looking for, as rather than tears, she kissed my cheek and told me I was sweet.
Kissing is not an appropriate way to express enthusiasm in a new invention working correctly and pants should be worn in the lab at all times.
Managed to clean out the bugs of the mechanics of the improvement to the hoverboard, it would at least no longer stutter out over sudden shifts in altitudes (also an improvement), thought of adding some kind of solar powered sail to encourage it to get higher and faster. Like the ships of old. Delighted with my achievement, I kissed my work partner, and while nice enough (pleasant, warm, tingly), my partner reacted with enough surprise and a little bit of confusion enough to alert me to the fact I should probably keep to hugs. Hugs are great. Also pants should always be worn in work spaces
. I forget sometimes that clothes are a thing needed for interacting with people.
Upd. Captain of the ship expressly requested I put pants on before wandering around like a caffeine starved zombie at the most disgusting hours of the morning.
Some people have a much higher rate of acceptable risk than others.
Certain members of the crew feel that 21% of catastrophic life support failure is not an acceptable risk to upgrade the functionality system on the navigation program. Personally I feel that at that rate it's more than an acceptable risk, but I was over ruled.
Upd. Captain did not find 19% any more reassuring.
Upd. I may have caused a small explosion. I am once again missing my eyebrows but there remains nothing wrong with the life support system. However the toasters continue to toast unevenly and out of sync.
Upd. The toasters have nothing to do with the navigation systems.