For this one: You must get guide a patient past despair and into power.
BOXER (any gender, mid thirties to late life)
It's a very rare condition, you've got. I've only seen one other case like it. I ran the test five times just to make sure. There's a lot about your condition that you should know but-- okay-- I know what's at the front of your mind, so:
You're never going to be allowed in the ring again. At least not any ring of the World Boxing Association. Your condition is too much of a liability. Your heart could flatline any time a punch connects with you. I know that sounds incredible but that is the truth. It's only a small part of the picture but my report will simply describe... a weak heart.
I'm sorry to have to label you like that. It makes YOU seem weak. And you took up boxing to prove the opposite to everyone didn't you? I've examined hundreds of contenders and the one thing they have in common... they not only want to be powerful but to be SEEN as powerful, to be SEEN as the best, the strongest, the fastest.
But your condition gives you an opportunity to actually BE all those things. The only problem is nobody will know except you and me. I'm the only other person I've seen with this condition. We get heart murmurs because we can connect, we can FUSE with the aggression of someone. When I watch sporting events, the person I focus on... they always win.
There was no name for this. I decided to call it "Mollia Murmurs". Mollia is the Latin word for "Puppet". Your heart and mind can connect with someone and actually push them into greater feats of strength. I'm going to offer you the chance to harness your power. You may not be SEEN... but your entire life you. Will. SEE.
Copyright 2016 by Matt Haynes.
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