By: Daniel Maher
"Whoa, cool!" Rouge said as I showed
him my new hero license at breakfast the next day. "When can I get
"I donít know." I said truthfully. "But it canít be too
Rouge leaned closer to me and whispered into my ear. "So are
you going hunting again after breakfast today?"
I smiled back at him
and shook my head. "Nah man, Iíve got to catch up on my studies."
So--as I had agreed--after breakfast I followed Rouge to the fifth
floor to study Science with Mr. Smith. As we walked into the room
Mr. Smith greeted us with a hail fire of sharpened pencils, these
were his greetings. I tried to duck but it was too late they had already
gone through my flesh.....and continued traveling. "Huh?" I said stupidly.
"Holograms Mr. Mathews, holograms. You see the reason I greeted the
class with what looked like deadly pencils is because of reflex. When
you are walking through the streets anything can happen to you. For
instance, a person in a apartment above you may have knocked a flower
vase out of the window--if you donít act fast then you could find
yourself unconscious." He smiled and threw a pencil--a real one this
time--as hard as he could at Ember, who in return turned it into a
pile of ash.
"Such sharp reflexes Todd--" Then without warning threw
one at Rouge--who easily avoided it by hovering into the air above
"Very good--" He threw one. The pencil traveled toward
Geist who simply smiled as the pencil flew through him and stuck into
the door behind him.
Smith threw another. This time the pencil found
Wisp, who did the same maneuver as his half-brother.
"Yes--" He threw
one at Hornet, who sliced it to pieces with his sword.
turned to me--his fierce eyes burning crisp holes through me. "Good--"
He threw it. In the second that it flew through the air I tried to
think of which gadget to use. I was still thinking of what gadget
to use when the class gasped. There was a tingling sensation in my
right ear and my hand steadily rose to scratch it. When my hand did
meet my ear seconds later I gasped. The pencil was stuck in my ear.
I gasped again when I brought my hand down to find that blood glistened
on my fingertips.
"Poor, very poor."
The sound pulled me back to reality.
"Michael will you please lead Quinlan to the clinic?"
"Yes sir." Rouge
said and grabbed my arm and led me out of the science room.
down a flight of stairs in silence. When we turned into the main hallway
that lead to the clinics I finally said. "So, your name is Michael?"
He looked at me. "Your name is Quinlan?" He retorted.
"Quinn for short."
He looked away from me. "Mike for short."
and pushed open the door to the clinic which now lay before me.
clinic was a healer by the name of Agitha “lga, who used to work as
a hero until she was accidentally shot in the leg by one of her colleagues.
After that her team kicked her out--said she slowed the group. Agitha
sat in a high-back chair and watched me intently as I entered the
After I had seated myself opposite her, Rouge bowed and left.
Agitha looked at me for a short second and chuckled.
"Whatís so funny?"
"Looks like to fell victim to the old Mr. Smith pencil trick."
She chuckled again.
"You mean this isnít the first time a student
has come in here with a pencil impaled into his/her ear?"
"No, no always in the ear," She sighed. "Iíve actually treated students
with pencils stuck in their noses, hands, necks, and once one was
stuck in a studentís eye." She chuckled again and without warning
moved closer and pulled the pencil from my ear. I gasped.
at the thing and threw it into the trash. Then she leaned forward,
closed her eyes, and placed her hand on my ear. Without seeing I knew
that the small wound was sealing together again. When it was all done,
she ushered me out of the room. I was walking back to the classroom
when I heard it: a low buzzing sound that meant the speakers were
on. And then--
"At this time would all students please make their
ways to the mission briefing room? Thank you."
The machine clicked
off. I smiled and changed direction, Looks like I'd get a mission