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Riley

Welcome to the Idea Seeker Blog, a place where the Idea Seekers come to talk about their daily lives and reveal their innermost secrets.


The Idea Seekers were heading for Rithu for an Idea Seeker Council meeting. All of the Idea Seekers in the universe are invited to attend these meetings. And we were running late! Then things got even worse.

“We’ve lost power!” shouted Spec. There was a big whooshing sound as the power shut down. The main lights went out all over the ship – they only light was from the instrument panels and the emergency lights.

I was playing with my Multi-Player Checkers game went the power went out. “What gives?!?” I yelled. “I was about to win!” It was totally unfair. Then Spec’s voice came over the intercom.

“Riley, I need you to go into the engine room and turn the power back on.” Spec said. “I have to stay up here and navigate.”

“Well, I guess so,” I said. Since you ruined my high score anyway. I walked down the hall and pushed open the engine room door. The entire engine room was pitch black inside, because all of the lights were off. The darkness was cold, and I swear I heard a noise from somewhere, somewhere deep inside the room.

“Umm… Spec?” I said into the intercom. “Can’t you get someone else to do this?”

“Riley, I need you to do this.” Spec said. “Nobody else can get there fast enough.” When I looked at the dark room again, I couldn’t help shuddering.

Okay, Riley ol’ bean. I thought. You can do it. I inched closer to the door, taking smaller and smaller steps. “Nothing to it.” I don’t want to tell Spec that I’m scared, I thought. I took one step inside the room. My whole leg was shaking. I don’t even want to tell you what I was thinking about. It’d give you nightmares.

Anyway, I took a few more steps, and smashed into a computer desk. “Owwwwwch!” I shouted. “That’s it, I’m outta here!” I turned around and headed for the door – the bright, safe hallway! Just then…

“Scared of the dark?” I heard someone say.

“Ahhh!” I shouted.

That’s right, I shouted. I admit it. It startled me, so what?

Then I saw the outline of Kimma’s Confidence Plant Baby in the door. “Yews, you scared me!”

“There’s nothing to be scared of. Here, I’ll show you.” Yews ran towards me and leapt onto my shoulder. “There. Now let’s turn that power on.

Suddenly, a huge wave of confidence washed over me. I took a few small steps towards the back of the room. “That’s it,” said Yews. “There’s no nothing to be scared of.” I knew in my mind that he was right – I’d known that all along. But now I believed it.

I found the giant power switch and flipped it on. The lights came on. Yews and I could hear Spec celebrating over the intercom.

“There!” said Yews. “That wasn’t so hard.”

“I don’t know what I was afraid of.” I said. “I feel so stupid.” Then I thought about Spec. Yews was heading up to the control room.

“Yews, if you tell anyone about this, I’ll…” I shouted after him, but he turned and interrupted me.

“It’s okay to be scared, sometimes,” said Yews. “As long as you have the Confidence to face your fears!”

And nobody can argue with that.





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