2012 Totem Head Story Contest Winner:"Super Power Adventure" By Michael Loughlin, 9 years old, Downingtown, PA.
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Super Power Adventure
Written By:   Michael Loughlin, 9 years old, Downingtown, PA.

So there I was, living a normal life while my teacher was giving a math lesson. "Now class, you must always remember never to divide any number by zero. It’s just not possible!" she said with excitement.

Finally, the lunch bell rang, meaning it was lunch time. We all grabbed our coats and lunches and headed off to lunch. Down the halls we went: Past the 3rd, 2nd, and 1st grade, through both of the double doors and then, into the lunch room.

As we all got settled down, we unpacked our lunches. I had an apple, a sandwich, and a bottle of water. I picked up my shiny red apple and examined it closely. The bright green label on it read: Nothing’s impossible.

I didn’t give it much thought and took a bite, but as soon as I did, I felt a chill go down my spine. As it happened, the only thing I thought was "What’s going on?"

Then, my best friend asked me, "I know this is impossible, but if you could wish for one super power, what would it be?"

I thought for a minute. "I would wish I could be invisible," I said. But as soon as I did, something strange happened. Everyone around me started to gasp and scream.

"What’s going on you guys?" I asked, but everyone had left. I threw my arms into the air to get their attention, but then something even stranger happened. I couldn’t see my body anymore. I had turned invisible!

I had no idea what I was going to do! Would I get in trouble for not coming back to class?

There were only two things I could think to do: Yell as loud as I could, "I don’t want to be invisible!" or just tell my teacher, even though she couldn’t see me.

I tried my first idea. "I don’t want to be invisible!!!" I screamed loudly. I waited, but nothing happened.

Then the bell rang, which meant that lunch was over. As we walked back to class, I couldn’t help but wonder what I was going to do when I got back.

Finally, we returned to the classroom. As my teacher began a science lesson, she suddenly stopped, noticing I wasn’t there. "Where is he?" She asked, looking and sounding very worried.

"I’m here!" I said loudly, trying to get her attention.

"What?" My teacher asked, looking confused. "Okay kids, no jokes. What’s going on?"

"Nothing!" one of the kids said to the teacher. "During lunch today, he really turned invisible!"

"But that’s impossible. No one can turn invisible. I think you’re playing a joke on me." Said the teacher, sounding frustrated.

"We’re not, seriously."

After a long pause, she gave us her response. "Okay, I believe you."

I don’t know how to change back! I thought to myself. What should I do? The only thing I could think of was that sticker on the apple that said: Nothing’s impossible

But then, I had an idea! Maybe I had to do something impossible to be visible again! It made sense. I started thinking of impossible things. It‘s impossible to divide by zero, impossible to have super powers… Basically, everything that people said today.

The only problem was that I had no idea what impossible thing I was going to do.

After the science lesson was over which I paid absolutely no attention to, my teacher said "Okay class, put up your folders. We’re going to have a math test."

"What??? There was a math test today? I didn’t study!!!!"

"I hope you studied class. I’m passing out the tests in two minutes."

I got the test. I put my name and the date and then I started. This was what it said:

Math review

9 x 9 = 81    6 x 7 = 42    81/9 = 9    3 x 12 = 36

Find the equal fractions.

3/6 = 1 /2    3/6 = 5 /10

Answer the word problems.

Susie was giving out party favors. She had 5 friends and each one got 4 things. If each friend got the same amount of party favors, how many party favors did Susie have?    Answer: 20 party favors

Olivia was planting flowers. She had 60 plants. She put 6 plants in each pot. How many pots does Olivia have?   Answer: 10 pots

Write your own problems.

6/0 =    7 x 8 =    99 6– 16 =    5 + 9 =

Then my teacher took all the tests and started grading them. I was a little bit worried.

Finally we got our grade back at the end of the day. I got a B. I looked over it and found out that when I was writing my own math problems, I accidently tried to divide by zero! I slammed my hand on my desk, annoyed. But when I did, I noticed something.

I could see my hands again!

It was almost too good to be true! I looked down with glee and saw my legs, arms, shoulders, and everything.

Well, it looked like I figured it out. By dividing by zero on the test, I’d reversed the enchantment. Next time, I’ll have to remember not to say the words to become invisible again. And I don’t think I will be eating those magic apples any more!

I took a deep breath and ran to tell my friends the good news. They were so happy to know that they could see me again and I was happy that I was myself again.

So now, I’ll always remember that nothing’s impossible, and you can do anything if you try.

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