Chapter 1: Ivy The Farm Girl

Spring Allergies (2) Ivy Georgia Malik was a typical sixteen year-old girl in all but two ways. The first thing was, she hated warm weather. Warm, sunny weather meant helping outdoors on the small farm where she lived with her family. Just like her parents younger sister, she was expected to care for the horses, feed the chickens, and gather eggs. But there was just one problem. Ivy was allergic to everything with fur or feathers. Spring Allergies (3)

“Honestly Ivy Georgia,” said her mom, who always called her by her full name. “Sometimes I wonder how you can be my daughter.”

Ivy sneezed in response and rubbed her red, sore eyes. “Can I go inside now?”

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Luckily for Ivy, her family lived in the small, northern community of Hiver Park, where the sun only appeared for about two months of the year. The rest of the time, the weather was cold and snowy. This suited Ivy just fine. She spent many hours of the cold winter days locked inside her bedroom, eyes glued on the computer screen. Spring Allergies (6)Spring Allergies (5) Spring Allergies (4)

“What do you spend all your time doing on that computer of yours?” asked her dad.

“Nothing, Dad.” Ivy made her eyes wide and pasted on her most angelic smile. “Just like, Facebook and Instagram and stuff. Keeping up on my friends.” This was true. But only about ten percent of the time. What her parents did not know – what no one knew – was that Ivy had a very important and very secret job.

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Although she was not like normal teenage girls, Ivy Georgia Malik went to high school every day.

“Just do your best to act like an ordinary high school student,” her boss had instructed. And so every day, Ivy went to high school and tried to pretend that she was not a genius. She dumbed down her papers and purposely made errors in order to keep her grades high, but not extraordinary. She made friends and passed notes in class and gossiped about the latest drama between her classmates. Spring Allergies (8)SP (50)

But after school, Ivy went to work She received secret messages and carried out orders. She peered through windows, delivered packages, and hacked into secret databases. Spring Allergies (12) Spring Allergies (9) Spring Allergies (13) Spring Allergies (11)It was probably the most thrilling after-school job that a teen girl could hope to get – far better than flipping hamburgers or bagging groceries. It was dangerous, she knew. But she was always very careful. And anyway, who would suspect a typical sixteen year-old farm girl of espionage? Spring Allergies (10)

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The Secrets of Hiver Park

Hiver Park Secrets (4)Way up north, where the residents rarely feel the warmth of the sun’s rays, lies the small suburban town of Hiver Park. On the outside, the residents of Hiver Park seem so friendly and normal, that the community won the award for “Most Typical Northern Suburb” four years in a row. Hiver Park Secrets (3)

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But behind closed doors, the citizens of Hiver Park live with their own dark secrets…

Chapter 1: Ivy The Farm Girl

Chapter 2: The Loser

Chapter 3: Virginia the Superstar

Chapter 4: Grayson the Player

Chapter 5: Adao’s Big Plans

Chapter 6: Long Live the Queen

Chapter 7: Ivy’s Mission

Chapter 8: Screw-Ups and Snow Angels

Chapter 9: Grad Work

Chapter 10: Who Needs a DeLorean?

Chapter 11: Users are Losers

Chapter 12: Grayson Tanaka’s “Perfect” Life

Chapter 13: Newer is Not Always Better

Chapter 14: Spy vs. Spy

Chapter 15: Adao and Miffy

Chapter 16: Flight From Crazyland

Chapter 17: Nothing But Bots

Chapter 18: The Wisdom of the S.I.M.

Chapter 19: Return to the Future

Chapter 20: The Groovy End

The Secrets of Hiver Park: The Music Video

Chapter 26: Be My Hero

Hero — Enrique Iglesias
A end  As the late afternoon sun hung heavy in the sky, neighbors began to trickle into the community garden which Cami had built. Ash arrived, and hung back watching as Cami gave several gardening demonstrations. She was so beautiful, and the way she threw her head back and laughed made Ash want to laugh out loud, too. He wanted to tell her. He had an urge to rush through the crowd and tell her what he had been thinking of all day – that he loved her. That they belonged together – he, she, and Summer. But he felt tongue-tied with so many people around. A end (5)A end (4)A end (3) A end (15)

So he contented himself with relaxing and enjoying the good food and music. As evening fell, however, and soft, dusky lamplight gave the garden an almost magical glow, Ash found the courage to approach Cami and ask her to dance. A end (2)

“I’d love to,” she said. And they danced together for the rest of the evening, not stopping until they were exhausted and happy, and the other guests were beginning to leave. Ash left slowly, wishing that instead, he could take Cami’s and Summer’s hands in his, and the three could go home together.A end (6)

By the time the sun rose the next morning, he had made up his mind. He pulled on his super suit, then drove quickly to Cami’s house. He did not ring the doorbell, but instead rapped lightly on Summer’s window. She came to the window, her eyes growing wide at the sight of him.

“Put on your super suit,” Ash said through the glass, motioning to his own costume. “And meet me outside.” Summer nodded that she had heard him. Five minutes later, she came flying out of the house.

“Dad, what are you doing here!” she squealed. “Mom’s not here. She walked to the garden.”

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“Even better,” said Ash. “Listen, I have a plan. A super plan. But I need for you to tell me if it will work.” He explained his idea to Summer, who gasped.

“That’s a great plan!” she said. That was all the encouragement Ash needed. He and Summer walked together to the garden, where, sure enough, they found Cami, busy caring for plants. Summer giggled and ran around, playing, while Ash nervously approached Cami.

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Cami’s face lit up when she saw Ash. “What are you doing here?” she asked, putting down her trowel. “Did you forget something last night?”

“Yes,” said Ash. “I forgot to tell you something.”

Cami looked at his costume, amused. “You forgot to tell me that you have actual superpowers?”

Ash shook his head. “No. In fact, I’m not a very good superhero after all.”

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“But you’ve saved so many people. Why would you say that?”

“Because,” said Ash, stepping closer and looking into Cami’s eyes. “I’m a superhero who needs you to rescue him.”

Cami gazed back at him. “Me, rescue you? From what?” Her voice was soft, hopeful.

“From a life without you. From nights where I can’t stop wishing that you were there beside me. From living away from you and Summer. I need you to rescue me, Cami.” He reached out to stroke her cheek. “I love you, Cami. Will you be my hero?”

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Cami nodded, her eyes shining. Then she let out a gasp as Ash grabbed her waist and dipped her backwards into a long, slow kiss.

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“Okay, people. There’s still a kid here!” Summer called out from across the garden.

Cami and Ash both burst out laughing. Then Cami said, “Yes, of course I’ll be your hero. But there’s just one problem.”

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Ash’s heart skipped a beat. She was going to say that she already had a boyfriend. Or that she was in love with someone else. Or —

Cami bit her lip. “Well you see…I can’t fly. It’s hard to be a superhero when you can’t fly.”

Ash took a deep breath, flooded with relief. “That’s no problem,” he told her. “You just need lessons from an expert superhero like me.”

“Is that right?” Cami grinned, then let out a shriek as Ash scooped her up into his arms.

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“Okay…maybe I’m not such an expert,” he said, grunting under the weight.

Cami wrapped her arms tightly around him. “I love you, Ash,” she said. “And you can still be my hero, even if you can’t fly.”

 

THE END

 

Chapter 25: The Flower Shop

Believe it or Not — The Greatest American Hero Theme Song (Chapter 25 Soundtrack)
Better World (4)  The city of Mors Canyon was changing. After Akash discovered the reason behind the mystery illness that had sickened so many people, including his parents, the city had risen up to fight the government. The citizens filed a lawsuit against the military for the toxic leak, and for covering it up. They won, of course, and the military was forced to pay millions of dollars in medical expenses and environmental cleanup.

Akash and Dr. Mack became instantly renowned. They spent several months traveling all over the country together, giving seminars and answering questions about their part in solving such a perplexing medical mystery. They were even featured in a medical mysteries documentary on Discovery Health Channel.

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When he returned to Mors Canyon, the first thing he wanted to do was see his daughter. “We’re at my new flower shop,” Cami explained. “We’d love to have you stop by for a visit.” Ash followed the address to a small, quaint brick shop in Cami and Summer’s neighborhood. Bright, cheerful displays of flowers lined the walls and spilled from flowerpots. Ash felt a fluttering of pride as he wandered around, taking it all in while Cami busied herself with customers. Better World (9) Better World (1) Better World (2)

“Cami!” a familiar voice rang out across the shop. Ash turned to see Tammy Black, Cami’s mother, stride across the room.

“Hi Mom,” Cami kissed her mother’s cheek. “When did you and Trevor get back from Florida?”

Tammy waved a hand dismissively. “Oh, well, Trevor and I aren’t together anymore. I met Justin in Florida and he came back with me.”

“Justin is it?” Cami raised an eyebrow, amused.

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Just then, Summer came skipping up. “Grandma!” she cried.

Tammy clicked her tongue. “Now you know what we talked about. You mustn’t call me Grandma, because it makes me feel old.”

“Okay, Grandma.”

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Ash decided that it was time to approach Cami. “Hi,” he said.

Cami smiled. “Hi yourself.” Her eyes twinkled with light like stars, and for a brief moment, Ash forgot what he had been planning to say.

“Hi,” he said again, his face growing hot. “Um…I love your shop. Looks great.”

“Thanks. It was my little attempt at saving the world, I guess you could say.” She shrugged.

“It’s working,” said Ash, thinking of the sudden increase in lush landscaping and flowers around the city. It was as though the whole city had gone green all at once, planting trees and removing the wreckage and eyesores that had plagued the town since the earthquake. Better World (13)

“Hey listen,” said Cami, “later this afternoon, we’re having a community barbecue at the garden. I’m planning to do some gardening demonstrations, and lots of people are coming. I’d love – Summer and I would love it if you could come too.”

“This afternoon? Well—”

Before Ash could answer, Summer bounded across the room. “Please, Daddy, come to the barbecue,” she begged. “Please please please – it’ll be so super fun!”

Ash couldn’t help but grin. “Super fun, huh? Then I guess I’ll have to come. We superheroes have to have super fun together.”

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“Yay!” Summer grabbed Ash’s hand and twirled around, her eyes shining with excitement. Ash looked from her to Cami, and suddenly felt like the three of them were pieces of the same jigsaw puzzle. And that he, the renowned Dr. Ash Chowdhury, was not complete without the two of them.

 

Chapter 24: The Cover-Up

Wish I Could Fly Like Superman — The Kinks (Chapter 24 Soundtrack)
Ash and Summer (6)The results were unmistakable. The groundwater and soil samples which Ash had collected from the east side of Mors Valley were contaminated. The levels of cadmium were shockingly high, and accounted for many of the symptoms that resembled cadmium toxicity. But there were also traces of other toxins present – toxins which Ash was unable to identify.

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“You must have made some mistake,” said Dr. Mack with a dubious frown. “The CDC did such a thorough investigation of the city. They didn’t find any high levels of toxins.”

“Look, I did not make any mistake!” said Ash. “The data is accurate. I think that the CDC must have skipped environmental testing on the east side of town.”

Dr. Mack’s frown deepened. “But why would they do that?”

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The answer was suddenly so clear, that Ash wondered why it hadn’t occurred to him before. “It’s a cover-up!” He clapped a hand to his forehead. “The military research facility!”

Dr. Mack’s mouth dropped open. “Maybe there was an accident – possibly due to the earthquake. Maybe the government already knew about the toxic leak and wanted to keep the knowledge quiet.” Akash Acclaim (36)Akash Acclaim (40)

Ash felt a chill run down his spine. All these years, his family had been drinking east side tap water and eating food grown in east side soil. It was a wonder that he had managed to stay healthy. Luckily, Cami and Summer lived on the west side of the city, which did not appear to be affected. “We have to let the public know that they are not safe,” he said. “People must be warned. The government can’t cover it up once the press gets wind of the source of illness.” Akash Acclaim (33)

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Even Cami joined in the public outcry against the toxic environment.

He went to work right away. He contacted every local media outlet and spread the word that all citizens on the east side of town must switch to bottled water until the toxins were cleaned up. The public outcry was swift and strong. Even Cami joined the protest, marching at the city capitol and in front of the military base, demanding that the government clean up the environment and protect the citizens.

Some of the patients grew sicker, and several more died,

Some of the patients grew sicker, and several more died.

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Some of the patients went on to live normal, healthy lives.

Ash and Dr. Mack had hoped to be able to find a way to treat those who suffered from the illness. Unfortunately, there was no known cure for cadmium toxicity, or for the autoimmune disease which some of the patients had developed in response to the exposure, or even for the symptoms caused by foreign toxins, which Ash eventually managed to identify once the military researchers began to cooperate. Some of the patients continued to grown sicker, and several more died. But others improved with time, and were able to leave the hospital and resume normal, healthy lives. Mors Canyon (12) Mors Canyon (13) Mors Canyon (19)