Finding magic hasn’t happened to anyone, until now. I think I was the first one to ever feel magic. I think all the power I used came from my bracelet. When I got it at the store, the label said that it was magical. I have started exploring its powers right away. The bracelet doesn’t look magical–it is just blue with red dots. You could buy it anywhere. Suddenly, I use the bracelet to open a wormhole to another world. I wonder why the wormhole is blue and red, the same color as the bracelet. I look inside the wormhole and see that the world is black and white. I try to look inside a little more, but I start turning white? Just then, I hear my mom calling my name.
“Frannie, it’s dinnertime. Come eat.”
I take the bracelet off and the wormhole closes. As I run, I try to find an explanation of what happened. I think about what I should tell my parents, or if I should tell them at all, but right now at this second I can not even describe how I’m feeling. I don’t know what’s happening!
When I am at dinner, my mom says: “Frannie, are you excited that school is over?”
“Yeah,” I say. “I can’t wait for our vacation to Hawaii. I’m going to go pack right now. I’m just too excited. See you later!”
When I enter my room, I see that my wrist is turning white!! I put on the bracelet and, this time, see that the nails on my right hand are turning black. I take the bracelet off and put it on again. This time, my neck turns white. Then, I see a storm outside. I take the bracelet off and the storm disappears.
My mom calls my name. I run to the kitchen where she is washing the dishes. She says: “Honey, make sure you pack everything.”
I reply: “I will.”
I run to my room then I realize the bracelet is still on me. I thought I took it off–well, that’s the least of my worries right now. I open the door to my room and see the portal right in my room. I take the bracelet off to keep it from destroying my house. Right when the portal is about to close, I jump in.
At first, I don’t see anything. Then, I see something. Well, really, I hear something. It’s a voice. The voice is dark and gloomy. It says: “Your mission is to save this world and put it on the map.”
All I do is look up. The sky is black and white! The people are black and white!! I am black and white!!! I freak out. I see a bubble. It gets closer to me. I feel my body inside the bubble. It turns out that I am in the bubble. I float up and up and up and up and up and up and up and up and up and up and up and up and up and up until the bubble pops. I start falling and falling and falling and falling and falling and falling until I reach the ground. I feel pain. I hear the voice again.
“You have twelve hours. Good luck.”
Suddenly, I feel more pain. Why do I have twelve hours? Then, it hit me. Maybe this voice knew that I was spending the night in my room packing. Next thing I know, I’m walking in the streets. I hear some music coming from a house. I look inside a house window. It looks like people are having a party but it’s not a party because they are all gloomy. I don’t know. I’ve only been in this world for two minutes. I see a girl walking out of the house. I run up to her, but she looks different compared to the other girls. She’s smiling. Then, I realize that she looks exactly like me. I start talking at the same time as she does. We both ask the same question:
“What are you doing here?”
The girl says, “I just bought this bracelet and every time I put it on a portal opens up.”
My jaw drops. I almost faint.
“Same here,” I say, “and, by the way, my name is Frannie.”
“I’m Jenny. Jenny Frannie Leaf.”
“My full name is Frannie Jenny Leaf.”
As we walk, Jenny pulls me along. I see two motor bikes.
“Let’s get on those bikes,” Jenny says. “We can go wherever. You want to go faster?”
I see a mountain at the tip there is a cage of color. Wow.
“If we get past the things up there we can make the cage full of color explode and the town colorful again,” Jenny adds.
Wow, I think to myself again.
We start climbing the mountain. After about five minutes she says, “are we there yet?”
“Are you crazy,” I say. “It has only been five minutes.”
As we climb, we pass through spikes and thorns. Then, we see the top of the mountain. I stop, think about the top of the mountain, and, suddenly, I’m there. The bracelet can make us jump or move faster. I call to Jenny.
“Just think of the top or just run up the mountain and you’ll be there!”
“I think I’ll just think of the top.”
“Remember, when we were running to the mountain the bracelet made us go faster? Everything is making sense now.
“I mean, finally. It’s about time”
I can tell that Jenny is trying. I don’t see her anymore and think that she must’ve jumped. When I look behind me, she’s nowhere. Then I turn around and she’s right in front of me. She says: “Did you just see the pyramids?”
“Just come on.”
We both run. Then, we see another world. Then, Jenny uses the bracelet to see extra far. She sees the cage of color that belongs to the other town. Then, I look at my watch only. There are only five hours left (it had been only forty-five minutes). Then we rush even more. There are guards in front of the cage. I realize that I can jump so I secretly jump to the other town, grab a pair of scissors, and jump back to the cage. I cut every part of it except for one. I look at Jenny and she nods. I close my eyes and cut the last part and there is a giant explosion of color. Suddenly, we drop and land on a map. On the edge of the map is a little island and it’s labeled F.J. city.
“It’s ours!!!” I yell. “It’s our city.”
I start to tear up a little bit.
“You’re free to go,” the voice says. “Thank you for all the loving work you did for your city. We gave you both the bracelets because we knew you could change the city. You made it colorful and now you can keep the bracelets because we trust you. Just think of the portal and you can go.”
“Are you ready?” I ask.
“Let’s go,” Jenny says.
We hold on to each other, think of the portal, and walk straight into the wall. We hear the voice laughing.
“I’ll take those!” it says and swipes our bracelets away. “Do you think you can just come here and stay? No way! I had to give each one of you the bracelet somehow. It’ll lead you here. When I found you, you guys knew it wasn’t real didn’t you?”
Jenny whispers, “yes.”
“So you’ve been lying to me this whole time?” I ask. “I don’t know what to say to you. You’re a liar. Now, I know.”
Jenny looks at the place where the sound is coming from. She sees it.
“This girl, Frannie,” she says, “helped me see that anything is possible. Even though she doesn’t know it, she’s taught me a lot.”
Jenny pulls a lever and a door opens.
“Run, Frannie. Run!”
I run into the portal and get trapped inside it. What do I do? I see Jemmy fighting the voice. She pulls a lever and the portal keeps moving. I see that the color is spreading and the voice is fading. I see it, and it’s gone. My day was hectic. I think that I better go home and rest. When I went home, my parents were staring at the television. It was saying:
“These two girls, Frannie and Jenny, saved this town. As a reward, they will have a city named after them.”
After all the hugging with my parents, I decide to write a letter to Jenny. The letter says:
I am so glad I met you during my journey. You are one of the sweetest girls I have ever met. You helped me save the town, and I couldn’t have done it without you. Frannie plus Jenny equals F.J. city. I am so happy I met you and, remember, if I had to pick someone to save a town with, I would pick you!
Frannie J. Leaf
Finally, four weeks later, she writes back. I guess the mailman had a hard time finding her. And guess what? It turns out that we’re twins! Her letter says:
Thank you so much for saying all those things. I am so sorry it took me so long to write back. Thanks for everything and also my dad said that we’re twins!
I hope Jenny and I meet up sometime. After all, Frannie plus Jenny totally equals F.J. City!