“There’s a package for you, Nicki!” my mom called
out as I came downstairs.
“For me?” I asked in astonishment. No one has ever sent me a package
before. “I wonder what it is.”
“Eat your breakfast first, and then you can open it.”
I carried the box to the kitchen table. It might have been big, but it
was really light. As I ate, the giant box sat right next to my cereal
bowl. I ate as fast as I could, then quickly took out some scissors and
cut open the tape. When I finally opened it, there was nothing in it,
just a piece of paper. What kind of prank was this? No wonder it was so
light! Couldn’t they have just sent an envelope, whoever they were? I
checked the return address. It didn’t say anything there. I picked up
the piece of paper to see if anything was written on it. It said,
This piece of paper is private, and should stay private. Do not let
anyone know you got this.
You have been chosen out of hundreds of individuals to be part of the
Secret Spy Society.
Come to the Rainbow Path at 11:00 and all will be revealed.
The Secret Spy Society
What? Okay, now I was really curious. I checked my watch. 10:50. I could
easily bike to the Rainbow Path within ten minutes, but should I go?
Well, it wouldn’t hurt to try, right? Unless this person was a
kidnapper… Oh, well. It was the first week of summer, and I had nothing
to do, so I guess I could go. Besides, I always wore a whistle around my
neck, so I could blow it into the kidnapper’s ear if it even was a
kidnapper. “Hey, Mom!” I shouted as I went to get my bike. “I’m going to
ride my bike outside for a while, ‘kay?”
“Sure,” she said, without even bothering to look up from her book.
I hopped onto my bicycle and pedaled down to Rainbow Path, arriving
there at 10:57, three minutes before we were supposed to meet. No one
else was there, besides a few birds that were pecking at the ground. I
guess this so-called “Secret Spy Society” hadn’t arrived yet. I sat on
the wooden bench and looked around at everything, all the lush trees and
colorful flowers, and all the wind blowing on my face. I just sat and
stared at everything I’d never really paid attention to before. I closed
my eyes and rested there. A few minutes later I heard some footsteps
moving towards me. I checked my watch again. 11:03. Wow, they’re soooooo
punctual when it comes to meeting people that they invited in the first
place! And what if they aren’t the Secret Spy Society? What if this is
all just a prank, or –
“Hello,” a voice from nowhere said. I turned my head and saw the person
who spoke, along with one other person. They were both dressed as normal
people, not like spies. “Sorry we’re late. There were some…
complications.” When she said the word “complications,” she glared at
the other person, who was a boy. He was wearing a red, black, and white
striped shirt with jeans and black sneakers. The girl who had spoken was
wearing a purple t-shirt with a yellow flower at the bottom-right
corner, along with neon orange sneakers that matched her orange hair.
“It wasn’t my fault! I didn’t know it was going to explode!” the boy
“Every normal person knows soda cans explode when you shake them!”
“Well, I guess I’m not a normal person!”
I just stared at the two as they kept passing insults to one another, as
if I weren’t even there. It was actually pretty amusing to watch! As
their argument died down, they once again realized that I was still
sitting there, watching intently.
“Oh, um, sorry about that,” the girl said, blushing a little out of
embarrassment. “Did you get the box that said to meet us here?”
I nodded and said, “You know, you could have just put that paper in an
The girl looked confused and the boy started becoming really pale and
kind of sweaty. “What?” the girl said as the boy slowly started walking
backwards to hide behind a tree. “Didn’t you get the-“ She faced towards
the boy, and he became so pale I thought there might not have even been
any blood in his face at the time. “ NATHAN!” she screamed at him. “You
forgot to put the safety kit in the box?”
“I’m sorry!” Nathan wailed, looking panicked as the girl stomped towards
him, her face becoming redder and redder from anger. “I thought I put it
in, I swear! I didn’t realize it until it was too late!”
The girl stopped walking and just sighed heavily. “You can be such an
idiot sometimes, Nathan.” Then she turned towards me and said, “There
was supposed to be a safety kit in there, just in case something happens
while we are on a journey, but Nathan forgot to put it in.” Then she
slapped herself on the head. “Oh, I forgot to tell you! My name is Gwen.
Your name is Nicki, right?”
I nodded and asked, “What exactly is the Secret Spy Society? And why did
you choose me, if you barely even know me?” Gwen smiled a mischievous
smile and said, “You don’t know us, but we know you. Your name is Nicki
and you’re twelve years old, like us! You like reading, watching T.V.,
playing games on your computer, and rollerblading.”
“But what’s the Secret Spy Society?” I asked again.
“Oh, yeah, that,” she said. “We basically save the world from its
stupidity. I’ll tell you on the way to Nathan’s house, where we’ll get
your safety kit.” She glared at Nathan again and pulled me along. I was
in for the adventure of my life, and I didn’t even know it!