Richard Stokes was a mutant. He didn't know it, the change in his DNA was tiny. Somehow his glandular systems were far more connected to his nervous system and he'd always felt his moods were affected strongly by his thoughts. If he was angry with someone he'd tend to get more so, but being conscious of it he could also calm himself remarkably quickly as well.
That was about the size of it till he turned fifteen years old. On that fateful day his glandular control escalated and his brain began to actually control the cell structures in his skin, interacting with cellular functions and sensing their condition to a very fine degreee. The result was that he started getting 'feelings' of living things that he touched. Almost like knowing if it was sick, healthy, old, young etc. Vague at first, and he sort of thought it was his imagination. Soon he realized it's usefullness and it's accuracy! Age was relative to the creature's normal lifespan so he had difficulty actually saying precisely how old something was, just whether it was a baby, middle aged or old aged, but he was soon reading when his Mom needed to go to hospital to be checked out, when Stacey at school came down with the measles, and when Sandra... Ahem, needed help preparing for parenthood!
A week before his sixteenth birthday it surged again, for the last time. That was when he found he could not only read a thing, but also change it!
Richard Stokes- Main character with the life molding power. Age 16 at start of story.
Andrea Stokes- Richard's single parent Mom, struggling with a household of three and working as a secretary. Age 37 at start of story.
Melissa stokes- Richard's sister, going to the same school as Richard. Age 17 at start of story.
Vanessa Niemand- One of Richard's only friends at school. A science nerd at school and fairly plain looking. Age 16 at start of story.
Mrs Palmer- A 70 year old lady Richard rents an apartment from when he goes to university when he is 19.)