Chapter 2: "My Plan to Save Vortville"

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This is how it all started.

My dad had just stopped that power-mad architect from turning the whole city upside down, and everybody at school was talking about it. People were patting me on the back, saying they wished they had a cool dad like mine. It was a good day 'cause just the day before, those same kids were punching me in the arm.

 It was a good day 'cause just the day before, those same kids were punching me in the arm

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I kind of wished my dad could beat a bad guy every day. That way I'd never get punched in the arm again.

But then Corey Smertz jumped me in the cafeteria! He wasn't as happy as everyone else about my dad saving the town because his house got smashed in the process. In fact, my dad's commando team smashed half of Vortville while trying to stop the power-mad architect guy from smashing the other half.

 In fact, my dad's commando team smashed half of Vortville while trying to stop the power-mad architect guy from smashing the other half

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"Collateral damage, Son. There's no avoiding it," Dad always says. (And he says it a lot.)

Luckily, Chip was there to save me from Corey Smertz. Chip is pretty much the only kid in school bigger than Corey, so he picked Corey up and held him in the air until he calmed down. Chip never fights anybody; he just holds them in the air with their arms swinging and their feet kicking until they calm down.

 Chip never fights anybody; he just holds them in the air with their arms swinging and their feet kicking until they calm down

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I wished Dad had been able to do the same thing with that power-mad architect guy.

All this got me thinking: What if there was some way to stop bad guys without having to destroy everything all the time? What our city needed was a secret agent kind of guy, someone who could sneak into places and use his smarts to stop bad guys from doing bad things in the first place.

But that kind of secret agent guy didn't really exist. That was just in the movies.

I mean, someone would have to create someone like that

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I mean, someone would have to create someone like that. Then I realized...

That someone was me!

I rushed home right after lunch, skipping social studies and phys ed. (Trust me, I didn't miss anything.)

I was pretty sure Gert von Brugen saw me go, but I didn't care. (Told you I'd get to her later too.) In science class, Gert is always trying to do better projects than me, but she never does. She even tries to sabotage my projects!

So I guess she thought I was rushing home to get a head start on my next invention for class or something, but she was only half right

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So I guess she thought I was rushing home to get a head start on my next invention for class or something, but she was only half right. I was rushing home to invent another invention all right, but it wasn't going to be for science class.

It was going to be to save Vortville!

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