Sunday, September 20, 2009

The School's On Fire

A cold icy wind was blowin and it looked like snow a comin when Edgar Floyd came runnin up to the Sackett cabin. "Fire," he said, "the old red schoolhouse is burnin down." Elmo, Elwood, Logan and Emmitt was sittin around the old fireplace tryin to stay warm and tellin tall tales. They grabbed the only bucket they had and ran the mile to the old red school. Everybody that had seen the flames and smoke was standin around watchin the old school burn. Pappy Sackett was tryin to throw a bucket of muddy water on the roaring fire. The old school finally burned out an Pappy Sackett came over to the crowd. He had icicles hangin off his weathered hat. "I guess the youngun's will have to go over to the Clinch Mountain school till we can build this un back." But that young Thompson girl said she'd teach them kids right here in Sackett Valley. Nine Bowen piped up and said they could use his shack. Turned out to be a pretty good year for the youngun's of Sackett Valley.

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    Logan stared at the curious contraption Emmitt held in his hand. "Now this here," Emmitt was saying, "is what you call a rocket. I have made an engine for it out of some gunpowder that I took out of some bullets. We are going to need lots of clear space when I fire this thang off, so that's why we've come up here to the school playground."

    Logan wasn't just real sure what happened next. He saw the thing go up alright, and Emmitt said there was supposed to be something come out and slow it down while it came back to earth, but neither Logan or Emmitt ever seen where that thing landed. Logan sure hoped all that dang gunpowder had burned up...