The first semester at Hembree Elementary School was filled with intrigue and mystery as three mischievous fifth grade boys learned a valuable lesson about themselves. The first-year school, under the supervision of the disciplined, yet encouraging principal Mrs. Silly-Willie, had a bizarre situation where electric pencil sharpeners were missing. The boys, along with their female classmates, had an interesting winter, too. A mystifying mural, created by an enigmatic artist Magi, catapulted the students into a fantastic world where fantasy and reality were difficult to tell apart. Now, with spring fresh in the air, Mr. Puffy's class participates with a partner school across town in the district-wide science fair. The group of students creates a most unusual project. This project catapults them into a yet another captivating adventure where their writing and reasoning skills will be significantly challenged.
My mama always said, “Andy, impulsive choices bring consequences like lingering house guests.” I never paid attention to her admonition, mostly because I have always hated anyone to call me Andy. By not heeding her poignant advice and falling prey to my own petty idiosyncrasies, I missed the lesson regarding consideration of my actions and how they affect other people, and especially that my behavior always has a consequence, good or bad. I finally got the point and I have since etched mama’s axiom on my eyelids. On a business trip to Florida I met a prostitute, Yulee. Two months later, I returned looking for her on an erotic impulse. The illicit quest placed my marriage, career and life in jeopardy. This one poor choice dropped me into a mire of deceit and conspiracy driven by a seedy sexual subculture, which pitted me against myself as my own worst adversary. Within two days I had lost control, spiraling into a vortex of my own guilt, paranoia and psychological self-flagellation. I am sure the end of my intense and colorful carnival ride will shock you as much as it did me.