Frozen Fire, Evaporating Ice

"Dunno, I wonder if you two can do stuff too"

"Let's try" said Max.

"OK. Why don't you see if you can stop things, same as me"

"Well I dunno how"

"Well, I stopped you fighting and the glass falling because I didn't want those things to happen. I just put out my hands and said ‘stop' and the things froze."

"Umm... OK. But I can't think of anything that I wouldn't want to happen right now"

"Good point" I went upstairs and got my Mums tablets from the bathroom. I went downstairs and showed them to Max.


"Why not?"


"Why not?"

"I will not let you take those tablets when you don't need them. You could get seriously ill."

"I'll spit them out if it doesn't work"

"No. Sara you are not doing that."

"OK" I understood. If it didn't work I would spit them out. But it might already be too late. "Can I burn something then?"

"Yes!" said Max, going into his bag. He brought out a little booklet.

"What is it?"

"My homework." He said. "I worked nearly three months on this. If it was destroyed it would be the end of the world"

"But if it does get destroyed while we test you?"

"It's not like I'm gonna have to hand it in"

"OK" I lit a match and put it to the leaflet.

"No!" Max moved to grab the leaflet off me. And then the weirdest thing happened. The fire froze. The fire froze, into ice. I put my hand on it. It was cold, hard and wet. Definitely ice.


"Yes?" he asked quietly

"You're older than me. You've been in school longer than me. You've been doing science longer than me. Is it possible, in any way, for fire to freeze?"


"Then how come it just did?"

"How am I supposed to know?"

"Did that fire just freeze?" asked Ben

"Yes, no, yes, no, I don't know!" I was really confused "Can you make it unfreeze again?" I asked Max

"Oh, I dunno, I'll try" he put out his hand towards the ice "Unfreeze" he said. The ice didn't melt, it evaporated. It slowly disappeared into wisps of steam. And the leaflet was left unharmed and completely dry. Now it was my turn.

"Oh. My. God" I said. And then "Ok... I wonder if you can do anything Ben"

"Umm... well I don't think I would be able to do anything like you two. It would be too much of a coincidence"

"We should try and see. Just to make sure."

"No, let's try something else"

"Umm... OK. But what shall we try?" Max said. He looked puzzled.

"Umm...  Well let's see" I said. After that we went through a whole range of things that could have been Ben's power. Not one of them worked. In the end we had to call it a day. That was another day wasted, but then... what else would we have done? Just lounged around I supposed. 

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