Friday, July 06, 2007
New Beginning 310
Alex stepped into his new homeroom and looked around for an empty desk. At least this time he wasn't starting school in the middle of a term. Maybe he wouldn't be the only new kid.
There was an empty desk next to a boy who seemed too tall for his chair. As Alex moved down the aisle, the tall kid shoved his index finger up his nose.
"Not a good sign," Alex decided.
A boy sitting behind the tall kid tapped him on the shoulder. "You gonna eat your boogers again, Green Giant?"
"Leave me alone," Green Giant grumbled.
Alex slid into the chair opposite the tall kid.
Green Giant looked over at Alex and slipped his finger into his mouth. Alex's breakfast churned in his stomach.
A young, blonde woman entered the classroom. "Good morning class. My name is Miss McCain."
"Good Morning Miss McCain," the class said in unison.
That's when the gnome appeared on Alex's desk and beat on his hand with a tiny, wooden club.
“Thank goodness you’re here at last. We’ve been waiting.” The gnome hooked his club into his belt.
“You’re Alex, right?” The gnome bowed. “I’m Grimmel. We need your help.” The gnome looked over at Green Giant who had just finished hooking another chunk from his nose. Instead of eating it, though, he flicked it across the table. Alex flinched, but as the booger hit the desk it turned into another gnome.
“Not very elegant, I’m afraid,” Grimmel said. “This is Proxyl, my brother.”
“You’re boogers? Talking boogers?”
“We’re gnomes.” Alex glanced over at Green Giant again. “Don’t worry, he doesn’t know anything. That’s just the path from our world to yours.”
Alex felt queasy. “How can I help you? I’m just a kid.”
“In our world, you’re Alex the Adventurer.”
“New kid.” It was the jock who’d made fun of Green Giant. “Hey, new kid. You talking to yourself?”
“Come on,” Proxyl said. “We have to go.”
“No way,” Alex said. “I am so not going up that kid’s nose.”
Grimmel laughed. “Don’t worry, Alex. It doesn’t work like that. We don't go back the same way we come.”
“New kid!” It was the jock again. “I got a present for you!” Alex looked up in time to see the jock shift all his weight onto one cheek before letting out an enormous fart.
“Hurry!” Proxyl said. “The portal’s open!”
Opening: ILS.....Continuation: ril