From a very young age I knew I was different from the other kids.
My parents told me as much. Though they didn't tell me that I wasn't even one of them.
But let's start from the beginning. Well, when everything changed for me.
11 years ago
"Gideon! Gideon, get down here right now! You're going to miss the bus!"
Upstairs I was barely awake. I wasn't even dressed yet. I heard my mother stomping up the stairs and I bolted out of my bed.
In less than a minute I dressed myself, combed my hair, brushed my teeth, put my shoes on and tied them, all before my mother reached the door.
"Gideon. I swear if you aren't up when I open this door, I wil-" She paused and smiled. "Good, you're up. Now come on or you'll miss your bus."
My mother turned her back to me and began walking forward. Suddenly she stopped and I heard her say something under her breath, then shake her head and kept heading downstairs.
I sat there confused for a second then quickly snapped out of it. I grabbed my backpack and ran for the door.
Just as I was about to leave I remembered I had left my comics in my room. I looked at the door and then at the stairs and then at door and back at the stairs.
I can make it in time, I thought to myself.
Outside I could hear the bus slowing down to a stop. I ran as hard as I could up those steps and back down that at one point I actually felt like I was flying through the air.
My mother was waiting for me by the door, my back pack in one hand and the door held open with the other.
"Go!" She handed me my bag and gently pushed me out of the door. I turned around, waved goodbye and walked towards the bus.
Once I was on the bus, my vision immediately rested on the seat where my best friend sat.
I rushed over to her and sat down.
"What do you have for lunch today?" She asked. It was a normal routine for her to ask. Everyday we always hated what we got for lunch and ended up trading with each other.
I looked down and realized I had forgotten my lunch.
"Uh, an invisible sandwich and chips."
She looked over and without a word handed me her lunch.
"No, I can't, Lucy. It's your lunch. You have it."
"But you don't have anything to eat."
"If I take it then you won't have anything to eat."
Lucy sat there for a moment, thinking. Then her face lit up with an idea.
"We can split it! Now we both win!" We both smiled and agreed.
"Hey! Gideon has a girlfriend!" My face turned bright red as Brian started chanting.
"Gideon and Lucy, sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G." Soon the whole bus was joining in and I could feel the embarrassment and angry boiling up inside of me.
Lucy, meanwhile, just stared at me uncomfortably.
"Gideon, are you okay?"
"First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes Lucy with a baby carriage!"
I broke down.
"Shut up! Shut up!" I screamed as loud as I could, which was apparently louder than a normal six year old should be able to yell.
The bus fell silent and I looked over the see Lucy with a terrified expression on her face.
"Lucy, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to yell."
She just stared at me, scared.
When the bus got to the school, I ran off as fast as I could to avoid Lucy's horrified face.