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The Amelia Academy:

Standards


By Paul Mundane

Copyright 2012 Paul Mundane


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Chapter 1.

The alarm clock screeched from a stack of milk crates beside Chris’ bed. The buzz of the clock matched the pulsing in his head, and was just as welcome. Chris groggily focused on the offending machine for a moment before he incinerated it with beams of red heat from his eyes.

Victory won, Chris sat on the edge of his bed, and fumbled for his smokes. He squinted at a cigarette, and lit it with a glance. Heat vision and its one hundred uses, he thought as he took in the first drag of the morning.

Uses for Chris’ powers were one of the conversations he’d had with his pal Jim over pints the night before. It was a regular topic; an attempt mostly on Chris’ part to find profit that his life amongst the flights and tights crowd hadn’t offered. The conversation usually began with the potentials super strength and invincibility brought to the world of construction. Before long, it would digress into nonsensical uses: with everything from Chris’ beer chilling artic breath, to his favorite method of cigarette lighting. By the third or forth pint conversation would turn to the uncomfortably obvious uses of x-ray vision. After that, it would switch to more ordinary topics like work and mutual lack of love lives.

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