The School of Hard Knocks

story & illustration © 2003 Bruce Van Patter

"W
here is my sister?" shouted Ultra Kid.
Dr. Merlin just laughed. "You're supposed to be a superhero. You find her."

Ultra Kid looked down the hall. It seemed just like his school, but the hallways were much longer, and the light was a weird red. "What is this place?" he said, mostly to himself.

"A little fun I prepared for you," answered Dr. Merlin. "I created this place by my magic. Let's call it the School of Hard Knocks. You can only open doors by knocking hard, then wait to see who opens it. Or what."

"Give me back my sister!" shouted Ultra Kid. He rushed at Dr. Merlin, but the old man disappeared in an instant, leaving Ultra Kid grabbing air.

There was nothing left to do but get started. Taking a deep breath, Kid walked carefully down the hallway. At the end of the hall, three doors faced him. His danger alarm was buzzing in his ear. He knew one of these rooms held his sister, but behind the other doors waited trouble. But which one had his sister? He shouted her name, but no sound came back.

It was time to make a choice. Ultra Kid reached forward with a fist and pounded on a door.


It's Your Story - What a choice! And you can choose to write the ending!

Which room did he choose? What will open the door? Write a scene where you decide if he finds his kid sister, or has to battle deadly things (maybe even the evil Dr. Merlin!) before he can rescue her. And... could this whole school be Merlin's knock-knock joke?

Have fun -- finish the story -- and be creative! Don't forget to email me your ending!

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