The next day I got a little deeper into trouble. Mega and I were playing hide
and go seek. I hated being the seeker because it was real hard to find Mega when
she's invisible. This game went on and on until I really couldn't find her. I
kept looking and looking but soon it was time to line up.
"Come on, Lizzy!" shouted the recess teacher.
"She's playing with her friend, Mega," snickered the other kids. They didn't
believe in Mega but what do they know.
Just as I got back to my classroom, the fire alarm went off. It was probably
just a practice for a real one, I thought. By the time I got outside with my
class, we could see smoke coming up from the other side of the school. The fire
trucks' horns were blaring as they roared down the street.
"Oh my! Neat! Real cool," whispered my classmates. We weren't supposed to talk
in a fire drill, but this wasn't a drill. This was the real thing.
Everyone had to go home. I wondered what had happened. I decided to check, out
where the real fire was. The firemen had put out the fire and left. I went back
to the playground where I'd been at recess. There, smoldering on the ground, lay
little bits of burnt clay with sparkles stuck to the burnt earth.