A long time ago, when I was just a little boy, I
never believed in magic. I'm not lying. I was very realistic, you see,
and I always laughed at the children when they mentioned magic. I even
brought my little sister, Bonnie, and her dreams of being a magician
down. One day she showed me and my parents a magic trick, and told us
about her little “dream,” and I told her that magic is not real, so she
stopped. (Don't feel too bad, she's now a very good doctor and makes
more money than Elvis did.) I did this because I thought magic was NOT
real. But it is. And I needed a miracle to tell me that. But what I did
not know was that one day that miracle was coming.
Anyway, back then, I adored cats. I always had one at home to play with
and pet. But now, I sneeze so much my nose comes off--okay, maybe not,
but you get the picture--whenever I get near one. And that day, I had a
very big--when I say “very big,” I mean The Great Wall Of China
big--test coming up the next day. We were supposed to study until our
eyes popped out of our skulls, but if you knew me when I was ten
(especially if you were a teacher), you'd know I did not study--EVER.
School was over for that day, and I was walking out the school doors,
expecting to see Bonnie waiting for me at the sidewalk, but instead I
saw a black cat. Not your ordinary black cat, the special kind. It was
not very sunny that day, but its fur shined. It`s blue eyes sparkled.
Boy, did I want that cat. "Here, kitty-kitty-kitty," I said. I held out
my hand and did a clicking sound with my tongue. "Don`t be afraid." That
would usually work for any type of cat I'd come across. But all it did
was sit there and stare at me. I got very impatient and confused. I
wanted that cat, and I was going to get it no matter what.
The cat suddenly darted at full speed to my right towards the school
forest, so fast that all I saw was a black blur. "Hey! Get back here!" I
yelled. I zipped into the school forest like a cheetah, ignoring my
teacher's warnings of "Don't go in there!" I suddenly tripped, and fell
flat on my face on the ground with a big SMACK! Ow. I know. But I did
not feel anything--really. I got up and brushed the dirt off my clothes.
I looked up and gasped at what I saw. It was beautiful. There was a
waterfall, gently splattering water onto big rocks, grass fresh and
shiny like a diamond, and flowers with great beauty I cannot describe. I
gasped again. Right beside my shaking feet was that cat. It cocked its
head and meowed. I just had to tell Bonnie!
I ran out of the forest and found my sister kicking pebbles on the
sidewalk. When I told her what happened, she scrunched up her face and
said, "Magic is not real." Then we walked home, me thinking about what
happened, and Bonnie thinking about how crazy I was. I did not bother to
study that night. I just thought about what happened.
The next day, I went to school, guilty I did not study. But when I got
the test, the answers just came to me, like I was studying all week. And
guess what? I was the only one in my class that got 100%.