It was thought of as mere bad luck that the boy was born during the biggest storm of the decade. Born into red-faced screeching mother said it was like she gave birth to the storm and father chortled.
Years passed and the coincidences mounted: The toddler had a cold during each thick snow drop, a babysitter pointed out it would rain as she washed his hair and his tantrums grew so did the storms.
The storms got worse as the child grew older and became angrier. It was understandable that a boy would be angry if he never saw the sun, never able to play outside.
Mother and father would make excuses: “It’s global warming”, or “bloody British weather.” Looking for an escape from it all they went on a cruise and the three of them were lucky to survive the outcome.
School children caught on quickly and the boy soon became the ‘Bad Weather Kid’. No one said it to him directly - not since Timmy was struck by lighting.
As a teenager he became volatile. The locals of the once sunny seaside town he grew up were driven away by precipitation and in the years of puberty the cliffs eroded and the empty homes were consumed by the ocean.
With the town abandoned, only father drowned.
The crushing guilt made the boy solemn and storms were replaced by a grieving steady rain. Mother would refer to her son’s condition as “his gift” but after the lose of her husband she decided God must have given him the gift for a reason and maybe they we’re being punished for not making proper use of it.
She sent The Bad Weather Kid to Africa. He’d tour the continent and bring rain to all. Droughts would end and crops would grow. Her boy was the answer to famine and she only wished she realised it before father died.
Her boy arrived and everyone waited for the rain... But there was nothing. The boy experienced clear skys for the first time in his life and rather than celebrate he complained of migraines. Mother decided it was best he stay, as at least they were no longer having a destructive effect or so they thought. The drought drew longer, the sun shone harder, what little crops they had - perished. He was the ‘bad weather kid’ after all.
Once they returned to England mother withdrew from society. At 15-years-old social services took the boy away and soon reported his strange effect to the government. The testing and prodding didn’t last long. The boy became furious and the storm encompassing the nation.
Too bitter, too angry, too grief-stricken – the psychologists said it would take years to control his emotions and by then the country would be devastated.
They raked their brains looking for an answer but not that one. No one dare suggest such a thing. Not on the first day at least. Someone whispered it in the first week but the rest ignored it. By the end of the month the defeated sleep-deprived experts slouched in their chairs and the Prime Minister said it.
He leaned forward and asked: “What if we killed the boy?”