Sapphire Avenger Part 2

By Mitchell Graves


I was cruising down a forest road on my motorbike, Sapphire. The three of us have been traveling across deserts, through mountains and past farmland for months. I have been having such a great time traveling with my fiancé. I am definitely in love with her.

“Why don’t we stop here for the night?” asks Sapphire.

I look over and saw an old log cabin. It looks just like my grandparent’s house.

“I remember this place!” I say.

We pull over and go inside the cabin. Everything looks really nice and there are beds, a TV, and even a kitchen full of food.

“I don’t know about this,” says my girlfriend, “This looks too good to be true.”

“Hmmmm…Well we need somewhere to sleep and this cabin is perfect,” I reply.


Later that night, after we had eaten, my fiancé was relaxing on the couch and I was looking around the cabin. I opened the closet and find a bunch of ninja stuff. There were swords, throwing stars and smoke bombs. I pick up all of the gear and walk back to the living room.

“Babe, take a look at this!”

“Dude, that’s a bad idea. Why is all of that stuff in here?” she asked, “Maybe we should leave. I’ve got a funny feeling that something is not right.”


Pccheewwww Pcheeewww! Suddenly lasers are shooting through the cabin. The motorcycle boss appears out of the basement.

“Mwahahahaha!” he cackles, “You walked right into my trap and now you will die!”

I throw a smoke bomb towards the evil boss, grab my fiancé and drag her out the door. Sapphire is waiting for us so I throw my fiancé on her and then do a backflip onto my bike.

“Let’s go!” I cry, “The evil boss found us! We have to get out of here!”

Sapphire revs her engine and we speed off through the forest.

“Keep going Sapphire! He’s catching up!” I shout.

“AAAHHHH!!” screams my fiancé.

“I want that punk kid!” cackles the evil boss, “I will destroy him and his bike will be mine!”

Sapphire screams, “I’m going as fast as I can! You have to do something Mitchell! You have to save us!”

I throw a smoke bomb, jump off the bike and pull out my sword. I lunge at the evil boss as he speeds by. SLLIIIIIICCCEEE! “AAAARRRRGGGHHH!” the evil boss cries out in pain. My sword is covered in blood. As I look down the road I see his bike riding deeper into the forest. I hear another engine behind me and spin around. It’s Sapphire!

“What happened?” asks Sapphire.

“I scarred him,” I reply, “Soon I will kill him. Soon I will have his head!”


The next morning we wake up in a lake house on the edge of the forest. My fiancé and I take a shower and eat breakfast.

“What’s the plan now?” asks Sapphire.

“We can stay in this house. It seems safe and the evil boss won’t find us here,” I reply.

“But how are we going to kill him?”

“Why don’t we ride around and see if we can find him. I scarred him last night so he can’t have gone too far.”

“What about me?” asks my fiancé.

“Babe, it’s too dangerous. I can’t let you get killed. I don’t want you dying on me!” I tell her, “The house will protect you. You will be safe here.”

After breakfast I put on my ninja gear and climb on Sapphire.

“Let’s rock!” I cry.


We cruise through the forest and ride along a windy road. As we get closer to the mountains I tell Sapphire that we need to go into stealth mode. A little way into the mountains Sapphire suddenly stops.

“What’s going on?” I ask.

“Look over there. It looks like the henchmen of the evil boss. He must be close by!” says Sapphire.

“Let’s get closer,” I tell Sapphire.

Sapphire rode right up to one of the henchmen who were standing guard. He was smoking a cigarette and didn’t seem to be paying attention. I reached out and snapped his neck with my bare hands.

“Stay here,” I tell Sapphire, “Keep a look out. I’m going to see if I can find the evil boss.”

I creep forwards towards the group of henchmen. ‘It looks like they’re having a party!’ I thought, “Wow! They’re all drunk. This is too easy!’ I kept creeping towards them until I was at the edge of the trees. Sapphire’s voice came over the communicator.

“Look at that cave over there. I think I see him. He looks like he’s having a business meeting.”

“That freak! I’m going in!” I whispered.

I climb a tree and jump from one branch to the next until I am at the caves entrance. I sneak inside the cave and look around.

‘Uh oh! Crud!’ I think to myself, “Wait I can do this.”

I jump towards the evil boss, whip out my swords and slice his head off.

“He’s dead!” I cry.

I hear someone coming towards me. I spin around and punch another evil boss until he dies too. Once he’s dead I realize that I have to get back past the henchmen. I walk back to the caves entrance and shout, “Hey henchmen dorks! Come catch me if you can!”

The henchmen run towards me screaming, “AARRRGGGHHH! It’s that punk kid!”

“Who are you calling a kid?” I ask, “I’m not a kid, I’m 19!”

“Sapphire! Get ready to fight! I need you!” I scream.

The henchmen started to throw punches but I dodge them and pull out my throwing stars. I throw the stars and kill a bunch of the henchmen. RRRRAATATATAT!!! Sapphire fire hers machine guns and rides towards me.

“Let’s get out of here! I put a bomb in the cave!” I yell as I jump on my bike, “Go! Go! Go!”

Sapphire revs her engines. Her front wheel lifts off the ground and we speed away.

“Let’s detonate!”

BOOOOOOOOOMM! The cave explodes and henchmen fly everywhere.

“Haha! Those dorks,” I laugh, “The evil boss is dead and now his henchmen are too!”

“Nicely done Mitchell,” says Sapphire, “Let’s go home.”


When we get to the lake house my fiancé is waiting for us.

“I was worried for your life! Are you ok?” asks my fiancé.

“I’m fine. You’ll be ok. I killed the evil boss and all of his henchmen so now we can live in this house forever.”

My fiancé and I got married in front of the lake. We had two kids and they grew up in the house by the lake. Sapphire and I are still best friends and I spent the rest of my life working on motorcycles with her.


The End



People First Gathering 2015

By Jemel Williams


On June 12, 2015, my fellow artists and I went to Fresno, CA for the People First Gathering. It was really hot when we arrived in Fresno. The first thing we did when we arrived at the hotel was check into our hotel room. After we were done putting our luggage into our rooms we headed to the ball room to get our gathering materials, our t-shirts, and to have a bite to eat. Later that day we went to the mall to have some fun and to do a little shopping. That evening some of the artists ordered a pizza and then we went to bed because we didn’t want to stay up too late.


The next morning we woke up and went to have breakfast and listen to the keynote speaker. After breakfast we went to the first of the day’s sessions which was a session about having healthy relationships. After the session ended we went the micro enterprises seller tables to see what they had to sell. The next session we went to was a session about choosing the direction we want our lives to go. After the second session ended we took a break for lunch time. We didn’t go to the final session because we decided to go to the jacuzzi and the pool. After the sessions ended we all got ready to go dinner around 6:00pm. When dinner was over everyone got all dressed up to go to the dance. After the dance was over everyone was very, very tired so we all went to bed.


On Sunday everyone was still tired from the night before so we were ready to return home. Before the conference ended we went to the open mic session where people talked about their experience at the gathering. We left the hotel around noon to head back to Sacramento. On our way back we stopped for lunch at McDonald’s. We arrived in Sacramento before 4:00pm. It was a good trip overall and we all hope we are able to attend the gathering next year.


My Celebrity Profile – Simon Helberg

By Joe Siciliano


Simon Helberg is a comedic actor who is probably best known to television audiences for playing the character Howard Wolowitz on the smash hit comedy sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”, which has been hugely popular since it first came out in September 2007. Besides playing a geeky character with a romantic side on one of the funniest shows on TV, Simon has done work on other projects, such as lending his voice to the short-lived Cartoon Network series “The Tom And Jerry Show”, and playing the lead role in the 2015 comedy film “We’ll Never Have Paris”, which he also wrote and directed. Not only can he do and say the craziest things, Simon can even sing, and he has such an awesome singing voice. He got to sing a beautiful love song called “If I Didn’t Have You”, which was written for an episode of “The Big Bang Theory” called “The Romance Resonance”, from the seventh season. Ever since I first heard of him in the beginning of 2015, Simon Helberg has been one of my favorite funny people and he never ceases to amaze me every time I watch him. I can’t wait to see what it is he will do next. He’s got such an outstanding sense of humor, and being his biggest fan means a whole lot to me these days. Simon is married to a woman named Jocelyn Towne, and currently resides in Los Angeles, where he was born.

Rumors, Attitudes, Gossip & Secrets

By Ted Yeager

Every morning we get up, take our showers or baths and put on our clean clothes so that when we go to either work or school, we both look and smell real nice. Even though we have put on clean clothes so that we look real nice, and we have taken our baths or showers so that we smell real nice, we can still really stink. How can we still stink if we have either bathed or showered and put on clean clothes?

Often at times we think that the only way we can look and smell bad is if we wear dirty clothes and haven’t bathed or showered. Rumors, Attitudes, Gossip, and Secrets (R.A.G.S.) are all considered to be pieces of dirty laundry and we should always leave our dirty laundry at home. Often at times the ways that we act can also become offensive because we have bad attitudes and are spreading rumors, gossip and are telling secrets. We should never get ourselves involved in somebody else’s business because all that we are doing is putting on their dirty laundry.