Having figured out the gimmick to make the secret panel close again, the two of them snuck the scrapbook into Maddie’s room, where the two of them pored over its contents carefully.
“I can’t believe it! Our parents were superheroes!” She squealed.
“I know! We gotta show our friends! They’re going to be so jelly!”
“Supa jelly!” Maddie nodded, closing it with finality and shoving it under her pillow.
A car horn tooted twice in quick succession.
“Ah! Your mom’s here. Check your place to see if your parents have anything.” She spun Eddie around and shoved him out the door of her room.
“Yeah, yeah. I’m on it.” Eddie waved as he snagged his book bag from the couch and headed out.
“Hey Mad,” Eddie said as his best friend slid into the bench of the cafeteria table beside him, “You bring it?”
“You betcha,” she grinned, “Ready to get this show on the road?”
He grinned manically, mimicking her “You betcha.”
A few minutes later, the two of them had a large crowd of students around them jockeying for the best spot to see the scrapbook. Even before the first bell had rung, the entire school had heard about it, which suited Maddie just fine, because neither of them had ever really been the center of attention of anything.
“Hey, Maddie,” Julie whispered, “Are your parents still superheroes?”
Maddie shook her head, “I’m pretty sure they retired, my dad is an IT manager. I can’t really imagine him going out and fighting crime anymore. It’s a career for the young, you know. He’s almost thirty-five.”
“Wow, that’s old.”
“Yeah, but he’s still active.”
Julie nodded as if she had grasped something deep and wandered away.
“Ah, I’ll see you at lunch, Eddie. Gotta get to science class,” Maddie closed the notebook, and shoved it under her arm.
“OK, Mad. I have something to show you too.” Eddie held his fist out, and it was met with Maddie’s, “Later chick.”
Mr. Horowicz tapped the blackboard with his pointer.
“And if you move further into the solioquy, you’ll see more phrases that have been taken into common usage. For example, Here, where it says ‘When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,’ and further down, ‘The undiscovered country, from whose bourn no traveler returns’ Who can tell me how these were used in pop culture in the late twentieth century?”
Eddie had only been listening with half an ear, as he had been fiddling with a gadget that he had snuck off of the utility belt of the costume in Maddie’s closet.
Eddie jumped up, the unknown gadget tumbling to the floor where it began to slowly unfold.
“Ah, yes. There’s a Star Trek reference there, sir.”
Mr. Horowicz glowered at Eddie for a moment, then glanced to the floor where the device had unfolded to reveal itself as some sort of a mini drone, “Yes, that’s right. Do I really have to tell you that we don’t allow toys in class?
The bell rang, and the class immediately began to leave, causing Eddie to snatch the drone up, to keep it from being trampled inadvertently by his classmates.
“S-sorry! I forgot I had it with me.”
His teacher grunted and dismissed him with a wave, which Eddie gratefully accepted, grabbed his things, and joined the press of bodies heading into the hall.