“Molly, this is your fault!” said Chris as she jumped up from the rug.
Touching the page with her finger, Molly looked toward her friend. Some of the students in the room heard what Chris said and they stared at Molly.
“Come again?” Molly asked, not sure what this was all about.
“You have to reread this story. If we’re lucky, that will fix everything,” Chris said.
Molly turned back to the beginning of the story and carefully started reading.
“The little girl picked up a piece of pepper – I mean paper – to write.”
“Keep reading,” said Chris.
“The little girl wrote a myth about m-kittens landing in their rocket ship.”
“You’re not done,” said Chris.
“The kittens launched – no, lapped – up the milk from their saucer.”
“Perfect,” said Miss Cabton
The class looked out the window to see if anything had changed.
“The mittens are still out there!” yelled a boy who ducked for cover again. Another student sneezed.
“I have one more thing I need to do,” said Molly as she got up to go to her desk.
She reached into her desk and pulled out the birthday pencil she received from the office several months ago. She dusted it off and handed it to Brad.
“They’re gone!” said one student at the window.
Everyone looked at Molly and Miss Cabton said, “You really have to spend more time practicing your reading.”
Molly just laughed.