Author: William A. Clifford
contact with some sort of authority. In some cases you can limit the official
input and continue on your merry way. Some make the authority contingent the
main focal point. Amy needed to have a way to show she had an official status.
She needed to go through the gauntlet of official inspection, because she had
no childhood history. No parents, school records, vaccinations, or any such
thing existed for her.
memory on all aspects of her life. A special type of amnesia that involved the
whole gamut of interactions from short to long term memory. Showing them going
through the testing and raising no red flags gave her an opportunity to be
given an identity and with that she could do anything that anyone else could
showing this process from the beginning to end. There was one option I nearly
included and that was a suspicion from the investigating officer. I decided
that there was not enough evidence and the normal screening took care of that
suspicion. Other than establishing her identity, I wanted to bring to light the
problem that Children’s services is having with funding being cut. It is true
here in my area and has been alluded to in other districts in other countries.
Child welfare needs to be a priority with every stage of government taking this
and making a stand.
required little drain on the resources in the process. She was fostered by the
family that found her and that family was prepared to adopt her, so that a
minimum of supervision was needed. Only one case worker was needed for her
welfare. The school system was a bit more challenging, but with enough input
from the different agencies and teachers involved, she was placed in an
appropriate level for her aptitude. It was a toss up as to how this would
work out. She could have gone with her reported age, her apparent age, or her
looking for their age. Even kids within our social group show too much physical
development for their ages. Because this would affect her placement in school
and submit her to differing social groups within the schools, I had Amy appear
to be older yet just in the start of puberty for the story to be addressed as
it needed to be. The next book in the series has very little to do with the
authorities as far as Amy is concerned, so we ended book one with her getting