LEGACY: The Life of Nikola Tesla (Chapter 2, page 1 of 2)

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Chapter 2

Dane and Nikola are outside. Dane is now 12 and Nikola is 5. Djourka is preparing a family meal and today appeared like any other day, but it wasn't.

Nikola is watching Dane ride his horse. He is an excellent horseman. Dane's horse rears and throws him to the ground, hitting his head. Nikola comes running and yelling, "Dane, Dane," And when he reaches him, Dane is not moving. Nikola quickly runs into the house, "Mama, something has happened to Dane."

Djourka runs outside with her apron on and leaves everything as it is in the kitchen.

A few days later, the family is at the gravesite with the other children. Rev. Tesla is speaking and then they lower Dane into the ground. Everyone is crying and comforting each other. Nikola is trying to hold back his tears. No words are spoken as everyone returns to the house.

Dane's death leaves an indelible memory in Nikola and for many years he tries to get rid of the nightmares.

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A year later when Nikola is six years old, he comes across a running stream. He puts his hand in the water and strokes it in a downward motion.

He searches for some wood and finds a rough cut wooden disk left behind from a lumbering operation. He cuts a hole through its center to force a somewhat straight branch which he rests in two sticks after forcing it into two rocks at either side of the brook.

The lower part of the disk rests in the water and the currents force it to turn. He finds endless pleasure in watching his crude device obtain power from the brook.

His boundless curiosity becomes such a very important part of his life.

Later that year Nikola and his dad hike into the forest. They are sitting on a log. His dad is instructing Nikola on how to create and maintain clear, visual images in his mind.

Gesturing with his hand, he says to Nikola, "Think of a ball. Think of a globe, a ball, a large colored ball. Close your eyes if you need to."

Nikola says, "I'm closing my eyes."

"That's fine", says Dad, "There, can you picture it?"

"I see a big blue ball. It's slowly turning," says Nikola excited. He wrinkles his brow in deep concentration.

"Now what do you see?" asks Dad.

"I'm changing it to green and making it smaller."

"That's wonderful," says Dad excitedly. "Now, split it in half. Can you do that?"

Nikola has calmed down now and says, "It's coming apart."

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