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Ordinary Doing the Extraordinary- Part Two

Ah, I see you’re back. Not sick of me yet, are you? Well, I guess it’s time to get on with my story then.

I was sitting in the park on one of the giant hills the town has trying to read my book, when I was approached by a stranger.


He was tall and muscular. Not like Hulk muscular, no, he wasn’t like that. You couldn’t see his veins. It was a kind of muscular that was nice to look at. Especially in the arms.

But, that’s not the point. The point is, he was walking towards me. Me. Of all people. Usually I get to see the backs of people, not the fronts.

I sat there casually reading my book, pretending not to notice him because that is what I do in awkward situations, when he said, “Are you Kyra?”

“Depends on who’s asking.”

He chuckled, “I’ve heard a lot about you.”

“Now that’s just creepy.”

“I’m going to need you to come with me.”

“Now, why would I do that?”

“I know about your powers.” My head snapped up from my book. He was staring intently at me. His green eyes were hard to look away from. It gave the appearance that there was something more going on than his face was saying.

“There are others like you, Kyra. You’re not alone in this.”

“I have powers?”

“Don’t play dumb, Kyra.”

“So, if you’re telling me that I’m special and can do anything I want to, you should be a counselor. They’re great at trying to get me to believe in myself.”

“I’m not trying to get you to believe anything. It’s inside you. You can’t ignore it.”

“You know, that’s exactly what the counselor says.”

“Look, I can’t leave until you agree to come with me.”

“Oh, so I’m just supposed to go with someone I don’t even know just because


he told me I’m special? Haven’t you ever heard of ‘stranger danger’?”

“My name is Collin. I’m a junior at the University of Utah. I work for the place that wants to protect you and I’ve been

there for three years trying to make sure people like you are safe.”

“People like me? You think you can just label us like freaks? What are you going to do? Put us in cages and let people stare at us while we use our powers?”

“I didn’t mean it like that…”

“Oh really? I find that hard to believe.”

“Will you just come with me? They can explain it better at headquarters.”

“You know, I don’t think so. I’ve got to be to work in twenty minutes.” And with that I got up and left. He didn’t even try to follow. I wish I would’ve known that was not the last time I was going to see him.


Usually, work isn’t that bad. The job itself is horrible, since, you know, it’s my high school job. But the people aren’t that bad; even though they are all high schoolers and they think they’re life is so complicated right now.

All night I got to hear about their problems when all I could think about was that Collin guy. I didn’t believe anything the guy said, but what if it was true? What if there were other people out there like me?

I didn’t fit in anywhere. I had no friends throughout high school and I didn’t make even one during my first year of college.

Maybe his offer doesn’t seem so bad.

I didn’t know anything about it. Would I be able to see my parents yet? Can I continue with my schooling? Or do I have to restart my life?

Well, he was gone and hopefully never coming back, so why did I feel like I was missing out on something?

My curiosity didn’t have to last long. The next day I was sitting in one of the parks reading my book, again. But this time it was a different park and a different book.

I looked up and there he was. Walking toward me.

“What are you doing here?”

“I came to take you with me.”

“Persuade me, then maybe I will come with you.”

“I don’t know what else to tell you. You’re just going to have to trust me.”

“I don’t know if I can.”


“Do you want to continue hiding who you truly are? Or do you want to make a difference?”

“I just want to be normal.”

“And you can be. All you have to do is come with me.” His hand was outstretched, waiting to see what I’ll do.  And you know what, I took it.

Life has to start somewhere, right?