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Later that night, inside their house, Mr. Gordon returns home, drunk, and asks his son if he has finished his chores. Flint ignores him, causing Mr. Gordon to become enraged and whips out his belt, intending to use it to beat Flint until he becomes more obedient. This has happened before, as Meredith tries to stop her father from beating Flint by suggesting he lie down until he sobers up and Meredith can finish Flint's work, but is merely told to stay out of his way. Meredith, desperate to protect her brother, manifests her ability for the first time and sets fire to the entire living room. The house burns down with Mr. Gordon inside it, killing him, but Meredith and Flint escape.
Watching their home burn, Flint is enraptured by Meredith's power and attempts to copy it, to no avail. Meredith demands her brother cannot tell anyone about this, and Flint agrees, on the condition he be taught to manifest his own power.
Flint's Assignment Tracker 2.0 file (file: C013; password: FGzrf31n) at primatechpaper.com notes that Flint's birthplace as Kingsland. The file says he and Meredith grew up on a farm in rural Arkansas. Their mother died during childbirth with Flint, and their father was killed in a house fire when Flint was eight.
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