17. The Fire Alarm
Jennifer's ears were "talking" to her. They
making little sounds, like little bubbles bursting. A "
" was bursting almost every second. It was not
, but annoying. She knew the cause.
cleaning the whiteboard after her class ended last
, the fire alarm went off. Instead of leaving
building immediately, she walked around to see what
problem was. The blaring alarm sounded like the
signal on a phone, but 1,000 times louder.
school seemed to be empty. Then she walked
one room, and saw about seven students inside.
then the night supervisor came by. She told
to leave immediately. The students were packing their
-care equipment into their bags. The night supervisor waited
. Finally, after almost five minutes, all the students
their teacher left the building. They apologized for
The firemen never arrived. Instead, a
police officer showed up. He walked around the
with the supervisor. It was a false alarm.
officer used his key to finally turn off
But it was too late for Jennifer.
had listened to the loud alarm for too
. She should have known better. Even as she
home, her ears felt strange.