“Sit down.” Still smiling, she waited until I was seated. “I’m Mrs. Johnson, Penelope. It’snice to meet you.”“Uh...nice to meet you too?”“I have a question for you. Have your parents ever mentioned anything to you about‘impulse’?”“Impulse?” I frowned in confusion. “You mean, doing things without thinking about themfirst?”“Partly. But more specific. In this case, it refers to the latent ability within human beingsthat only certain people can access.”“Huh?” After a moment of silence, I burst into laughter. “This is a joke, isn’t it.”“I’m quite serious.” Her smile fell and she looked almost sad, the lines in her facedeepening.“Are you sure? Cause it sounds like you’re talking about superpowers. And those don’texist.” I reined in my laughter so as to not hurt her feelings.“There’s nothing super about these powers, Penelope-”“Penny.”“Penny. As I was saying, these powers aren’t special. It’s the people who can use themthat are special. You need to have a huge amount of willpower and control to use themproperly.”“OK. Say these powers do exist. What’s your point?” She remained silent. Suddenly, Igot what she was trying to say. “Ooooh...OK hold up. I can’t use them. I’m not one of thosespecial people you’re talking about.”“You most certainly are. As were your parents.”“No they aren’t!!”“Yes they are. And so are you. Your incredible musical talent is proof of this.”“How? That doesn’t even make sense!” I stood up, annoyed and a little scared. Was thislady insane? “I’m going back to class.” I headed for the door, but the lock clicked shut andrefused to open, no matter how much I tried.“Can you please sit back down Penny? I didn’t mean to scare you, but you need to know.This way you can learn to control it. If you don’t, there could be serious consequences.”“I haven’t had to learn anything so far. Nothing’s happened to me yet! So HAH!! Thatproves you’re wrong!” I pointed my finger at her in triumph.“No it doesn’t. Your parents put a powerful shield around your mind, to protect you andeveryone around you. You have a lot of power for someone so young. It has the potential to bedangerous. YOU have the potential to be dangerous!”“Stop it! You’re lying!” I clutched my head as it began to throb, trying to block out herwords.“Penny, calm down! If you don’t, you’ll break the shield!”“STOP LYING! THERE IS NO SHIELD, I DON’T HAVE MAGIC POWERS THAT DON’TEXIST!!!” The pain in my head grew and grew until I suddenly blacked out.---“Penny, are you OK?” I opened my eyes and things around me slowly came into focus. Iwas lying on a couch, Mr. Selkin kneeling on the floor beside me. When I tried to sit up, hegently pushed me down. “Don’t get up just yet. You hit your head off the floor when you fell.”“I fell?” I shook my head in confusion then immediately regretted the motion when myhead began to ache and throb.