BOOK One: Discovery
Journal Entry, September 23rd
I know they said it
wouldn't be easy. Still, it gets kind of ridiculous.
Sleep used to be sleep, but now sleep is like extra
homework. No one said anything about extra homework.
If they did, I might not have signed up for this.
Uncle Johnny and Danny say it will make us stronger.
It's not even the training that's so tough, it's the
training plus staying awake during the day. Also,
learning what we do at the academy makes the stuff
we do in school just seem silly. I mean, why waste
time learning long division when I know things that
are more useful than that? I asked Uncle Johnny about
it and he gave me the adult answer, that I would understand
when I got older. of all people, he is the last person
I expect to hear that from. But, maybe he is right.
Either way, staying awake in math class has become
tougher than it ever has before. And it was pretty
tough to begin with. After six weeks of training,
it's become impossible.
The only person excited in the room is Mr. Jenkins,
my math teacher who obviously gets dressed off the
floor. I swear, I don't think he owns an iron, or
even knows what one is. His brown shirt (I think he
chooses that color so food stains don't show) has
deep creases in it, like not only has it been on the
floor, but it's been there for a long time. He puts
just as much care into his hair, which goes in so
many directions it seems almost impossible for him
to have done it on purpose.
He paces the floor, talking about the correct way
to perform long division. Hey, Mr. Jenkins, the correct
way is to let a computer do it. That's their job,
and the last time I checked, they seemed pretty happy
about it. I didn't think telling him would be such
a good idea. Mr. Jenkins didn't seem to like to laugh
So, I have to sit here and listen to him talk forever
about something I'll probably never use again. Maybe
when we finally face the Gorgons I'll use long division
to help us win the battle or escape some dangerous
situation. I am sure there is a need for long division
somewhere, just not in my life.
Training at the academy beats school any day. Just
last night, we were training with Danny, learning
how to meditate, to calm our minds down and find our
real power. It's not so easy to do. I thought you
just had to close your eyes and that was that, but
Danny showed me otherwise.
"Breathe in deep," he said, "Fell the
energy coming into you with each breath. Using your
powers requires you to harness energy. Most of what
you did during that first battle was luck; none of
you really knew how to tap into your power. That's
what I am going to show you how to do."
Danny always talks so serious. I wonder how he got
like that. He's barely two years old, but he says
we can't calculate it in Earth terms. Maybe we need
to use long division. Anyway, he said he aged quicker
in the Dream World, that there is a way to accelerate
time for things like that. That's something I would
like to learn, Mr. Jenkins. You're the math expert.
Explain to me how my 2-year old cousin looks and acts
older than me. What sort of formula do you need for
After a few tries, I got the hang of meditation. I
could see inside myself. Danny told me to 'wander
down my mind' and although that sounded really silly,
I understood. I could see where my powers came from.
He told me to focus on floating, and I did. Right
then, I saw a flash of purple light on the left side
of my mind. That was my power center, or at least
I think that was what Danny told me. He said one of
the tricks on learning how to fly was to send more
power to that area, more energy. We did that by meditating.
It's all very confusing, and some days I wish I could
go back to being a regular kid who goes to school,
does homework, talks on the phone, and goes to bed
without anything else to do.
Sometimes I think that way. Most times I wouldn't
give this up for the world.