Joey's Journal Page 6

September 1st, 2014

The first day of school was fun but got worse by the end of the day. It was good to be back in school. I always feel more comfortable in class. The world seems to make sense in a book. Math and science have straight answers. You can solve the problem and explain your answer. The other subjects are simply memorizing facts. And it’s fun to learn new things.

The day went as expected. We were broken up into groups of four. At my table I had RoseBarnett, debbie’s friend, the new kid Bradley Carter and Susanna Brent, Ezek’s friend. I don’t like being in groups. It’s not that I don’t like people, I do, but I usually end up doing most of the work.

Things went from great too horrible after school. As we were heading to the bus I saw the class bully Max picking on Bradley Carter. Max had slapped Bradley’s book out of his hand and was threatening him. A large group of kids had already begun to form a circle around them when I decided to head over to help Bradley.

I wasn’t thinking about what I was doing. I just wanted Max to stop picking on people. I am tired of bullies making people feel bad. I stepped in between Bradley and Max and told Max to stop. He threatened to hurt me if I didn’t leave. I don’t know what happened. I guess I just lost it. I was tired of bullies picking on people. Three of Max’s friends stepped up behind him. Ezek stood beside me and out of the corner of my eye I say Ryan ready to run in to help.

I brought my crutch up into Max’s nuts. He doubled over hard and I thought I saw a few tears. Then something changed. As Max stood back up something snapped inside him and he seemed to go into a blind rage.

He hit me hard in the face. Somehow I was able to remain standing, but the punch hurt a lot. Ezek had my back, so I lunged forward to tackle Max, but my crutches got all tangled up and I ended up hitting the floor hard. The fight was short, but didn’t end in the expected way. I heard Bradley talking to himself. He was saying, “No.” Then the largest swarm of insects I have even seen, descended on the fight. Max was lost to his rage so I stayed trying to fight him off as the insects were biting us.

Ryan taunted Max and then ran. Max gave chase. Somewhere in the confusion Bradley had ran off. I told Ezek to help Ryan and got away from the insects to look for Bradley. He was long gone. I looked back and saw that Max had tripped trying to get to Ryan. Max and his friends decided to leave, letting Ryan go. All the kids scattered and just like that the fight was over. Ezek and I went to the bathroom to clean up. My cheek was swollen, but it would heal quickly.

Ezek mentioned that Max might be waiting at the bus for us, so we decided to walk home. I don’t know what to think about the bugs. Did Bradley summon them somehow? Does he have superpowers like Ezek and I? Two weird things happened around him. First the bus jumping and now the insects. I want to find out what is going on, but I don’t want people to know about me and Ezek. People would be fear if they knew what we could do. I’ll have to talk to Ezek about and figure out the best way to approach it.

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