Andy woke up to another rainy morning in Quillayute, Washington. He slipped on his jeans and stomped his feet into his rain boots. He drug himself over to the bathroom to brush his teeth. Andy never brushed his hair. He thought it would make him look like he tried to too hard.
“Andy you still aren’t ready?”, his mother hollered.
He snapped back at her, “Chill out Mom. I’ll be down in a sec.”
Andy trudged down the wooden steps of his back stair case, moaning and groaning as he stepped into the kitchen.
“Don’t forget you have to be home right after school to help Grandpa with his storm door. I made waffles; they’re in the toaster,” his mom said without taking a breath.
“That doesn’t mean you made them. It just means that you put them in the toaster.”
“Either way, they’re toasting! Eat and leave for school. I’m going to work now.”
She gave him a quick peck on the head and rushed out of the door yelling, “I’ll be home before 7!”
“BING!” The toaster screamed and the toast was in front of Andy instantly. He munched down on it in three quick bites and left for school. He walked to his girlfriend’s house so they could catch the school bus. Just like he did every morning.
He walked up her front patio, knocked on the door, and waited for Clara to come out.
She stepped out of her house saying, “Hey And-Man,” a pet name she had for him, “did you catch any Z’s?”
“Barely. All I could hear was thunder.”
“Me too! Luckily we had a hard volleyball practice so I fell asleep fast.”
“I’m jealous. I will most definitely be sleeping in all my classes today,” Andy said has he reached his arm around Clara.
During gym, Andy went to his locker and the locker door met his hand. Mark Efritt, Andy’s sworn enemy, began to walk down the aisle he was standing in. “What’s going on Handy Andy?!”
“Seriously Mark, leave me alone. I’m not bothering you so stop trying to bother me.”
“Oh but you are bothering me! Just seeing you here is bothering me.” Mark proceeded to grip Andy’s arm as if he were to yank him away from the locker. Andy pulled his arm away from Mark.
“I TOLD YOU TO LEAVE ME ALONE!”
At that moment a chair flew across down the aisle of the lockers right towards Mark. Mark was able to catch himself in time in order to not be hit by the chair. He fell to the ground and scurried away. Andy didn’t even understand what was happening. He had no idea where the chair came from. He knew no one else was in the locker room besides him and Mark at the time.
“Did I do that?”, he thought to himself in astonishment. Andy decided that he needed to go home and get out of school so he could calm down. He grabbed his things and ran to the nurse’s office to fake sick in order to get home quick.
Once Andy got home, he sent a quick text to Clara, “Come over after school. Not feeling well & left early.” Andy’s mind was racing though. How could a chair just take flight if no force had touched it? He couldn’t wrap his mind around it. Andy clicked on the television to try to relieve himself from his wandering mind. Of course, during the middle of the day, the only thing playing was old comic cartoons about super-heroes.
Andy sat up in bed and looked around. His eyes stopped on his door. He focused on the closed door. Then suddenly, the door was open. Andy tried searching for another object to move. His eyes settled on his boot. Again, he began to focus. The boot flung across the room and hit the wall. He knew it. Andy knew he could move things with his mind.
“How could this be? I don’t understand how something like this could happen. Should I tell anyone? Definitely not my mom, she won’t understand. Clara? She might get freaked out though!” Andy was pacing around his room trying to figure this out. He heard the front door creak open. From downstairs Clara called up to him.
“Andy, I came right over after school to make sure you were all right.”
“Yeah, I’m feeling better. You can come up.”
Andy began to get really nervous. He didn’t know if he could exactly control it. Clara came up the steps and into his room.
“Hey big man, what’s going on?”
“Not really sure. I just felt nauseous and I couldn’t focus at all in class. I felt like I was gonna pass out.”
“Were you able to get any sleep?”, Clara said as she walked over to the bed and sat down.
“Not really, just watched some toons,” as Andy followed her lead.
“Well why don’t you lay down now and try to get some rest. I have to get to volleyball practice soon.”
Andy didn’t say anything to Clara but was trying to be very cautious about his actions and temper. A few weeks passed and everything was fine.
Andy began to notice there was a new kid that had just moved into town. He seemed quiet and not very friendly. The next day, Andy saw him in the locker room getting ready for gym. Andy thought it would be nice of him to say hi and introduce himself.
“Hey man, my name’s Andy. Welcome.”
The boy glared at Andy and finally just said, “Hey.”
Andy thought it was very strange how the boy reacted but didn’t pay any mind to it. He saw the boy more and more. He had no idea who he was. Andy had seen the boy again in the locker room and thought maybe he’s just shy.
“Hey, I think we got off on the wrong foot. My name is...”
“Andy, I know.”
“Right, I guess I did tell you that last time. So, what’s yours?”
“Where did you move from?”
“Oh, so over seas! That’s pretty cool.”
Hank didn’t even look Andy’s way and left the locker room. Andy thought there was no hope in trying to get to see who this kid really was. He decided to put it behind him.
A few months had passed and nothing seemed strange. Andy was very happy and surprisingly, his relationship had gotten better with his mom. He thought that maybe it would be okay if he told her about himself.
That night at dinner Andy said to his mom, “Mom, I have something to tell you.”
“Are you on drugs or something?”
Andy gave a little chuckle and said, “No Mom, but you might think I am after I tell you this.” There was a long pause before Andy told her. “I can move things without touching them.”
“I don’t understand.”
“If I focus on an object, I can move it.”
“Ha-Ha-Ha, very funny Andy.”
“I’m not kidding! Watch!” Andy immediately looked at his glass of water and began to focus on it. Within seconds, the glass slid slowly down the table to his mom. She was dumbfounded. She had no idea what to say.
“Andy, don’t do that again. You’re freaking me out.” His mom got up from the table, put her dish in the sink, and walked into the living room to watch TV. Andy just got up and walked out the front door. He wanted to tell Clara what had happened.
He walked up her front patio like usual and knocked on the door. Clara answered and let him inside. Andy stepped in quickly and they went into the basement and sat down.
“So, what happened with your mom?”, Clara said quickly.
“I told her something that I don’t think I should have.”
“What do you mean?”
“I told her I can move things without touching them.”
“I thought super heroes and like villains only did that stuff.”
“Well, apparently I can too.”
“I’m sorry, but that’s a little hard to believe.”
Again, Andy preformed the same thing for Clara as he did with his mother. Clara herself couldn’t believe it either. “Andy, maybe your mom is right.” Andy simply got up, kissed Clara on the forehead and went home. Once he got home he went straight to his room and went to bed.
Andy woke up with the sound of a knock at his bedroom door. He checked the clock quickly. The clock read four in the morning. Andy rolled over and pulled the covers up to his head. He then again heard a knock on his bedroom door. He used his mind to open the door not expecting anything, but standing there outside of his bedroom was Hank.
“HANK!? What are you doing in my house! Get out!”
“Andy, you don’t understand what you’ve done. They’re coming for you. You need to leave now.”
“What are you talking about ‘they’?”
“The other talented ones.”
“I have no clue what you’re talking about.
“They are on their way! We must leave write a quick note to your mom. Leave anything precious to you here. And don’t bring your cellphone. I’ll break it. You need to make it seem like you ran away.”
“Can I at least say goodbye to Clara?”
“I’ll take you there for a few minutes. But you can’t wake her up.”
Andy quickly grabbed a bag and threw in as many clothes as he could. He grabbed a pad a paper and jotted down a few lines:
I decided I must take some time to figure some things out. Please don’t come looking for me. I’ll be home soon. I’ll be safe. I love you.
Hank and Andy left the house and went to Clara’s. Clara was fast asleep. Nothing would wake her up. Andy wrote down another note to leave Clara:
I love you more than anything. I need some time away from here. I’ll come back soon. Please don’t worry. Don’t forget me.
And with that, they were gone. The other talented ones were hunting for a person that had the ability of mind control to add to their team. But this was no ordinary. Each member had a special power that all together, they would be able to bring pure destruction to whom ever they chose.
Andy’s mom woke up the next morning and found Andy’s note. She did not make a big deal about is but simply tried to understand. She kept her hopes up and did not try to search for him. She stayed right where she was just incase Andy would need her. Clara for a long time was confused and didn’t understand what happened. She continued to hope that Andy would come back one day.