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Age is the physical effect of time on a living organism. A person’s age was the length of time they had spent living on the earth’s fragile crust. It also is the most universal use of numbers and counting across the globe. Charlie could quantify, define and mathematically prove age’s existence.
To compare ages is simply to create an inequality, with rare cases of equalities from people being born at the exact same time.
Age was simple, it was known and it was absolute. Everyone that Charlie knew could point at her and look at him and state the unavoidable conclusion, “Too young for you.”
Even he could do it to himself. He would say it clearly while he made fierce eye contact with the mirror, “Too old for her.”
He could prove and quantify; the information was right there in his hands. So how come whenever he saw her he involuntarily discarded the information without a second thought?
He could never turn their inequality into anything else. The math was simple, permanent. The inequality was forever.
Especially now that Mary's gone, John strives to be a good father. However, nature has given him the tools and tastes of an insatiable predator.