Howard’s father has been taken away by four men in black coats. In a state of shock, Howard searches for traces of his father in the woods. As he makes his way toward Tagg Pond, he experiences his first epileptic seizure; his vision shatters and splinters as though he is looking through the lens of a kaleidoscope.
Some pre-epileptic auras are described as visual star showers, waves of color, flower-like, abstracted patterns that are almost fractal in nature. Fractal geometry finds underlying patterns and forms in nature – clouds, snowflakes, ocean waves, the nautilus shell, leaves and tree branches –these patterns can resemble the faceted images seen in a kaleidoscope.