Thursday, October 05, 2006
New Beginning 136
Nathaniel had been hoping that it would happen in a much cooler way, like getting stung by a radioactive scorpion or zapped by a machine at the laboratory where his parents both worked. Or during an eclipse or a meteor shower. Or after a nuclear accident. At the very least, it could have happened at a better time. There was nothing exciting or impressive about getting super powers because of a food fight in the school cafeteria.
Well, except for the "getting super powers" part.
The cool September morning had held little promise. Nathaniel and his best friend Mark rode their bikes to school, along the flat desert road, squinting into the weak yellow rays of the morning sun. English class was normal. Math class was normal. There was a quiz in Biology, which was not normal, and Mr. Macmillan, who taught science to the entire seventh grade, was abnormally displeased with their results. So displeased, in fact, he felt constrained to lecture for twenty minutes on the importance of biology to everyday living.
Mr. Mcmillan would have done better to devote attention to biological matters in the cafeteria that day. After the food fight, one hundred and fourteen kids lay dead, along with seven teachers, all thanks to Nathaniel's new ability to kill with his farts. God only knew what the lunch lady put in the chili that day.
Opening: acd.....Continuation: kis