Now You See Me

You have a secret superpower: the ability to appear and disappear at will. When and where will you use this new superpower? Tell us a story.


“Oh my.  What on earth have I done now?” thought Sadie.  She couldn’t see herself. Not her hands, not her feet.  Not even her clothes.  She was gone.  She tried looking into a mirror, but there was nobody there.  It was not a happy feeling.

“Hello?  Is anyone out there?  Can anyone see me?  HELLO!”

No response.  Apparently she was not only invisible, but also inaudible. Well. This was a fine mess.

Sadie often forgot that what she wished for usually came true.  Over time, she’d learned not to even think thoughts that would immediately change her life.  One time, when she was still a child, she’d wished for a bathtub full of chocolate ice cream.  It still made her stomach hurt to remember how she felt before she’d eaten  halfway through that one.  She’d let the rest melt, washed it down the drain, and turned her back on chocolate ice cream for a very long time.

This time, she’d been frustrated when her so-called friends left her out of a big secret. She’d thought, “I wish I were invisible so I could hear them, but they wouldn’t know I was there!”

And bingo!  She got her wish.

Well, she may as well make use of it. She walked over to where her friends were eating lunch together, chatting and laughing.  It made her invisible cheeks blush to imagine that they were talking about her, laughing at her, keeping secrets from her. She really didn’t know what she’d done to deserve it. She’d been working in the same office with these women for a couple of years now, and she’d thought their friendship was mutual.  Apparently not.

She stood behind the group, listening to their chatter.

“So, what do you think we should get her?  Should we all buy a separate gift, or should we go together for something really nice?”  That was Ruth.

“Well,” said Kate, “I think we need to find out what she really needs.  She’s had her own place for a few years now, so she probably already has a lot of kitchen equipment.”

“I know!  Let’s give her a lingerie shower!” piped up Cheri.  “You can never have too much of that, and most of us don’t buy the really nice things for ourselves.”

Sadie’s cheeks continued to burn as she realized they were talking about her, for sure, but not in the way she’d thought.  She twisted the brand new diamond engagement ring on her finger, feeling foolish for thinking that her friends had turned on her for no apparent reason.

“Hey, does anyone know where Sadie is?  She always comes to have lunch with us,” said Kate, looking around the cafeteria.  As she scanned the room, she saw Sadie coming in through the main door, stopping to look for them, then wave and smile as she crossed the room to sit with them.

“Sadie, you’re late. We wondered where you were,” said Cheri.

“Oh, I had an errand to take care of, but I’m here to stay now,” Sadie replied. “What were you guys talking about?  Looked like you were having fun.”


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