November 10, 2004
Well, there's already a superhero named Electra. I'll have to keep thinking, but nothing sounds as good. I obviously can't use Flash, and there's a Disney movie called Bolt. It's a shame this serum didn't give me any creativity.
Jackson's doing a bit better now. He's starting to look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas, and he's wondering what to make for presents. His parents and my parents will obviously like anything he makes. He enjoys making pot holders--the weaving kind that little kids make, but he does a really good job of making them--but he's already made so many that he wants to do something else. Grandma's teaching him how to crochet, so maybe he can make some oven mitts to go with his pot holders. But Grandma says he needs to start by learning how to do something simple. Like pot holders. Oh well. Jackson's a fast learner--he'll be making blankets before long. Aren't blankets just big pot holders? I guess it depends on how fancy you make it. But I know Aunt Miri gets cold all the time, and she'd really like a blanket.
I should probably tell Aunt Miri and Uncle Pete about the serum before Jackson has another bad spell. But I don't want to right now. Part of me keeps hoping he doesn't need the serum, that he'll get better on his own. But he's been sick since he was a baby, so I guess he'll need something to change.
Oh, and before I forget, I noticed some graffiti on the school building. It said "Derecho was here" in black spray-paint. It was pretty high up, above the second-story window. I don't know if it's part of some early senior prank or what, but anyone has to be stupid to get up that high. And pretty strong.
Heck, even with my serum, I don't know if I'm that strong.
I don't think anyone's stolen my serum recipe. And even if they did, they wouldn't know how to use it. I did use it as the basis for my science project last year. I called it a reverse robotic process--instead of giving robots more humanlike qualities, it was giving humans more robotic qualities. All the boys were into it, of course. But I hadn't even thought of making a serum at that point. All that came later. All I knew was that, if there was any way to increase the body's ability to use electricity, it would make us stronger.
Part of me thinks that it would be awesome to have an arch nemesis. But the other part of me is scared. Arch nemeses tend to cause a lot of destruction, and I really don't want people to get hurt. I just need to get my serum idea to a doctor--maybe anonymously, somehow--and get Jackson taken care of. Then I'll grow up a bit, graduate high school, get my degree, and perfect my serum. If no one's stolen it by then. Even if it means supporting whoever's taken off with it, if it's the best way to go about things, that's what I'll do.
But I need to see who Derecho is first. And I need a superhero name! I'll have to start going by Anonymous if I can't think of anything soon.
Kassie Kittredge, signing out!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.