I’m in the taxicab feeling bad about leaving our old home. Then my parents see my expression, sad. Then we get to Blemlen Avenue. Thank goodness it is still a two-story house. It does not have cobwebs or anything that I thought it would have. Inside my family’s new house, everything gleams like sun on a diamond. Even the floor looks as shiny. It has been mopped. The house has stairs that go up to my room.
When my parents finally had the luggage unpacked, then they call me in to the kitchen and they start a conversation. My parents start by, “We understand that you’re going to Kai Lan Middle School tomorrow, so we want you to know that you have to make a good first impression.” I say, “But what do you mean by that? Do I have to not talk back or look my best?” Then they say, “Yes, you have to do all of those things.” But I still have one more question to ask, “But what if the bullies are mean and they beat me up tomorrow?” Then they said, “Don’t worry, Kai Lan is one of the safest middle schools.” So my parents make me go to bed at 9:00 p.m. We had hamburgers that tasted like I’d never tasted them before.
Then I see all the kids at Kai Lan in the cafeteria and they all see me, then start punching me and throwing me to the ground. Then I hear beeping, like a bomb about to explode and I wake up realizing it is my alarm clock/radio that’s telling me it’s 8:00 a.m. So I jump out of bed and put on my favorite outfit, a long-sleeved shirt with a little vest to cover it, and I put on my most expensive flats, shoes decorated with sparkly material. Then I begin to braid my brown/yellow hair for my first day of sixth grade. For breakfast I have a toasted waffle with orange juice and milk.
Then I’m on my way to my brand new school, Kai Lan Middle School. I’m riding my new bicycle, going as fast as my wheels could take me. I arrive and when I walk through the gate I see one of the supervisors. She notices me and says, ”Hi, you’re new around here, right?” Then I say,” Yes I just moved here yesterday.” She replies, ”Well then, welcome to Kai Lan Middle School!”
I enter the cafeteria and it’s really clean and I think almost the whole school is in that room. Then I hear someone talking to me and that person says,” Hi, it’s your friend listen, I need a favor.” I reply, ”Wait, which friend and what favor do you want?!” Then I realize I screamed it and almost everybody stares at me while I walk through the giant crowd. Then I see somebody running toward me and then she sticks her hand out and says, ”Hi, I’m Clarissa, welcome to Kai Lan Middle School!”
I reach out my hand and we shake hands, I realize that she has a firm grip. She must be excited to have a friend. I said,” Sure I just moved here yesterday.
Then the whole school hears the bell to go to first period. I take out my schedule to see who my first period teacher is. It is a lady named Mrs. Danan. Throughout the whole day I keep on hearing the mystery voice, but I could not tell what it was saying. At the end of the day Clarissa and I go walking home together. On the way we learn more about each other. She said, “What house and street do you live on? I live on 12936 Blemlen Avenue.” I said,” Well, I live on 12935 Blemlen Avenue. We live right across from each other! Will you help me? The whole day I kept on hearing this voice, but I can’t tell what’s it’s saying.” She replied,” Don’t worry, I’ll help you find out who this mystery voice is.”
So, for the rest of the week, Clarissa and I find out more about the mystery voice. It says,” Hi it’s your friend again, listen this is the favor I need. On Friday night at twelve o’ clock a.m., I need you to go to the local graveyard and meet me there. If you don’t go, I’ll kill you. Remember that you can’t bring anyone with you to defend you.” I decide that I’m going to cheat at his game and Clarissa can go with me. I ask, “Clarissa can you go with me to the local graveyard? The voice threatened to kill me if I don’t.” She replies, “Sure, I don’t want my new friend killed by some mystery person.” Since we’ve made the decision to go together nothing, can happen.
The plan is set. Clarissa and I will meet at the end of the street. Then we will both ride our bicycles together and when we get to the graveyard, she’ll stay beside the gate and I’ll go inside to meet the mystery voice face to face.
So at 11:00 p.m. I get out of bed and start getting dressed. I put on a long-sleeved shirt because it’s cold and I put on some skinny jeans. I also put on some boots on, and a fur sweater. So, I sneak out of my room. My parents are already asleep. Who would stay up to 11:00? I grab my bicycle and I see Clarissa at the end of the block. We get together and head to the local graveyard. I’ve never been to the graveyard, so Clarissa leads the way.
We assume our positions and I enter the graveyard and I spot the mystery voice immediately and I see that he cheated too. He brought two other men with him. He snaps his fingers. Then those two men leap in to action. One goes behind my back and pins my hands behind my back. I open my mouth to scream, but another one comes and clamps my mouth shut. Then the one also comes behind my back with a shovel and then, I take a serious blow to the head.
He has tricked me. It has been a trap. I realize the blow to the head was because the man bonked me with the shovel. I wonder if I’ll have a bruise. I’m unconscious. I begin to think what he will do with me as his victim. He is a kidnapper. I wonder if he will kill me any way or plan to take all of my family’s money.
I wake up and I realize that my hands and feet are bound. My hands are pinned behind my back. . I see that Clarissa is right beside me, bound as well. I see that we are in an abandoned warehouse. I realize that the time is 1:00 a.m. Then the mystery voice comes in through the door. That will be where our escape will be. He says,” Hi, my name is Mr. Michael Shantan. I am your mystery voice as you may have realized. I have brought you here because, you’re famous.” I reply,” But why me? There are plenty of famous people in the world. Also, how would you know if I was famous? I bet another one is more popular.” He says,” You’ve been famous since you were little. You might have just forgotten you were. If you want to get out of here, give me all of your money.”
I see that Clarissa has escaped a pocketknife that she brought. I didn’t even notice she brought the pocketknife. Mr. Shantan hadn’t noticed yet. She begins to start untying me. Mr. Shantan notices. He leaps at Clarissa, but then she takes out another small pocket knife, opens it, and throws it at Mr. Shantan’s arm and it stabs him. Then she finishes untying me. He throws the knife at us, but he misses because we’re already out the door and it hits the door making a hole. We run to our bicycles and start heading to the police station. Then I see him starting to chase us with his three men, but we’re already out the gate. We make it and told the police officers and they actually believe us. I had thought they wouldn’t. I still had rope burns. Mr. Shantan gets arrested and then my life goes back to normal and I never heard the voice. He can’t do any more damage to me. Sometimes though, I still start to remember what happened and wonder, am I really still famous? Is it true? Well, I guess it still remains a mystery. I’ll never know again.