Author: Mac M.
Genre: Middle Grade Action/ Adventure
“Is that homework?”
Bren looked up from the math book on his lap and the stack of notes on the bench next to him. A girl wearing a Fiction Island tank top stood in front of him. She was a year or two younger than him, and pretty. The Mardi Gras Party Gras roller coaster behind Bren roared past, with the sounds of both mechanical churnings and riders’ screams.
He shrugged. “I guess.”
“Why are you doing homework here? Aren’t you on vacation?”
“I live here, actually. My dad works here.”
He glared at her. “Of course really. I mean what I say.”
“Okay.” She crossed her arms. “But, homework? Here?”
The next set of roller cars blasted past. She watched them, wide-eyed. He didn’t bother looking, accustomed to the sounds of the ride.
“I like doing math,” Bren said. “It’s relaxing.”
“What is it, algebra?”
“It’s linear partial differential equations.”
“Shaylene,” a voice called. “Get back in line.”
“Have fun.” Bren watched her run off, to join her family in line for the ride.
Bren turned his attention to his homework. He completed three more problems, only once having to stop to keep a breeze from blowing his notes away. He started the fourth problem while simultaneously considering how many mathematicians and numerologists take the number four for granted, when he saw someone of interest walk by.
The man wore a garish Hawaiian shirt, more garish than most tourist shirts. His hair was an unwashed greasy mess. His spindly white legs sprung out of his jean shorts and into a pair of cheap flip-flops.
Bren stuffed his homework into the backpack at his feet. He stood, slung the backpack over his shoulder, and followed the man.