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Fanny pays a visit to 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Written by AMANDA McGUIRE RZICZNEK   
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 09:08
(Editor's note: This is the last in a four-part series. The intent is for teachers to use it in the classrooms. The series includes a Spanish translation of the story as well as in-class questions to ask students.)

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Fanny looks up at an airplane and thinks its a giant bird. (Photo illustration by Peter Burroughs)
Chapter 4
"Fanny, why are you here? You should be back in 1878!"
"You forgot your sweater," Fanny replied, sheepishly, holding up Alyssa's sweater. "Besides, I just want to spend more time with you and see what 2013 is like."
Alyssa was vexed. She knew her parents would be extremely worried and start looking for her if she wasn't home shortly after school, but President Hayes would send out the Secret Service to find his missing daughter. Alyssa knew the girls were in trouble with a capital T.
"How do you time-travel home without Edison's talking doll? I don't have one," Alyssa's voice was thick with anxiety.
Fanny picked up Alyssa's iPad, desperately trying to turn it on. Matter-of-factly, Alyssa hit the on button and unlocked the screen. Fanny was delighted by this simple act and giddy while listening to the theme music of the game Alyssa last played.
"Maybe we can use this," Fanny suggested.
"An iPad isn't going to work, Fanny. We need Steve Jobs, Einstein, or, better yet, Edison," Alyssa retorted.
"Well, let's go see him," Fanny said, as she flipped the light switch on and off. Alyssa rolled her eyes. She knew they needed help from a living person, someone who could help them right now in the present moment.
Alyssa grabbed her phone out of her backpack and began texting as fast as she could.
Fanny stared at her in awe. "I've never seen someone's thumbs move that fast," she marveled.
A part of Alyssa wanted to show Fanny how to text, but a much bigger part just wanted to get Fanny home safe and sound.
Fanny belonged in 1878, not in 2013. If she stayed here much longer, Alyssa was worried that not only would President Hayes be mad, but also that Fanny's future might be changed, which meant her future would be changed too. Alyssa had seen enough time travel movies to know Fanny must get back to her present as soon as possible.
Alyssa got one last text, slid her keyboard shut, and grabbed Fanny's hand. Just as Alyssa was about to open the door, she remembered what Fanny was wearing. "Here, you need to change," Alyssa said as she handed Fanny a pair of jeans and a T-shirt.
Once Fanny had changed, the girls tore through Alyssa's house and out the back door. Fanny could barely keep up with Alyssa's sprint through her neighbors' backyards. In seconds, Fanny, panting, approached Alyssa who was knocked gently on the glass sliding door.
First a black lab appeared on the other side of the glass, and then Scott with his mouth wide open. Luckily, Scott had come home from college for the weekend to make som0e extra money dog sitting.
He slid the door open, stepped out, and shut it quickly. Jack the dog pressed his nose against the glass and stared at them, panting. "You were for real?" Scott asked, shaking his head at Fanny.
"Yes. I'm not crazy. I just have to get Fanny home," Alyssa said, irritated with her brother.
Scott continued to shake his head bewildered.
Just then an airplane flew over the house, casting a quick shadow on the three of them. Fanny looked up as if she had just seen a living dinosaur. "That's the biggest bird I've ever seen," she exclaimed.
Alyssa and Scott couldn't help but laugh a little. Fanny smiled, sat down in a patio chair, and stared at the sky.
Scott sat down, too, and started typing things into his iPhone. Alyssa tried to recall all of Edison's inventions Mr. Sherman had discussed in class that day. There had to something they could use or make that would allow Fanny to travel back home.
Lost in complete concentration, they were silent until Fanny spoke, "Is that a phone? Can you hear people on the other end?" She was staring at Scott's iPhone.
"That's it!" Alyssa yelled. "I've got an idea."
Writing Prompt: How did Fanny inspire Alyssa? What is Alyssa's idea? How do Alyssa and Scott help Fanny time travel back to 1878? What does Fanny have to say of 2013 before she travels back to her present?
Vocabulary:
Vexed
Secret Service
Keyboard
Bewildered

Story of Alyssa and Fanny told in Spanish
By DALLAS BLACK
Capítulo 4
“Fanny, qué haces acá? Deberías estar en 1878!”
“Se te quedó el suéter,” replicó tímidamente Fanny, enseñándoselo a Alyssa. “Y además quisiera pasar más tiempo contigo y ver cómo es 2013.”
Alyssa se sentía desconcertada. Sabía que sus padres estarían muy preocupados y que empezarían a buscarla si no llegara a casa poco después de la escuela, pero el presidente Hayes enviaría a los del Servicio Secreto a encontrar a su hija perdida. Alyssa sabía que las dos se habían metido en un lío de los pastores.
“Cómo puedes viajar por el timpo sin la muñeca parlante de Edison?  No tengo una,” La voz de Alyssa estaba pastosa por la ansiedad.
Fanny recogió el iPad de Alyssa, desesperadamente intentando encenderlo. Sin alterarse Alyssa puso el botón para abrir la pantalla. Fanny quedó maravillada al ver esto e igualmente alocada al oír el tema musical del último videojuego que Alyssa había jugado. “Quizás podamos utilizar esto,” sugirió Fanny.
“Un iPad no nos servirá Fanny. Necesitamos a Steve Jobs, a Einstein o, aun mejor, a Edison,” repuso Alyssa.
“Pues, vamos a verlo,” dijo Fanny mientras ponía y apagaba las luces jugando con el interruptor. Alyssa puso los ojos en blanco. Sabía que necesitbaban un ser viviente que pudiera ayudarles en ese momento. Alyssa sacó el teléfono celular de su mochila y empezó a textear lo más rápido que podía.
Fanny la miraba atónita. “Nunca he visto pulgares moverse tan rápido.”
Por un lado Alyssa quería enseñar a Fanny a textear, pero por otro sólo quería ayudarle a regresar a casa sana y salva. Fanny debía estar en 1878, no en 2013. Si se quedara mucho más Alyssa temía que el presidente Hayes se enfadara y que el futuro de Fanny pudiera ser alterado, y eso también afectaría su futuro. Alyssa había visto bastantes películas sobre los viajes a través del tiempo para saber que Fanny necesitaba volver a su tiempo cuanto antes.
Alyssa recibió un texto más, cerró el teclado y tomó la mano de Fanny. En el momento que Alyssa iba a abrir la puerta se acordó de la ropa que Fanny llevaba puesta. “Toma, necesitas cambiarte,” dijo Alyssa al darle unos jeans y una camiseta.
Luego que Fanny se había cambiado de ropa las muchachas corrieron por la casa de Alyssa y salieron por la puerta de atrás. Fanny por poco podía seguir a Alyssa mientras las dos corrían por los jardines de los vecinos. Tardando unos segundos, Fanny se acercó a Alyssa quién daba ligeramente en una puerta deslizante de vidrio.
Primero apareció en el otro lado de la puerta un perro labrador negro, y entonces llegó Scott con la boca abierta. Por suerte, Scott había vuelto a casa de la universidad con el propósito de ganarse un poco de dinero cuidadando al perro.
Scott echó la puerta al lado, salió de la casa y cerró la puerta bruscamente. Jack el perro puso la nariz contra el vidrio y los miraba, jadeando.  “Así que no me jalaban el pelo?” preguntó Scott mientras negaba con la cabeza.
“No, y tampoco estoy loca. Sólo tengo que regresar a Fanny a casa,” dijo Alyssa que ya estaba más que molesta con su hermano.
Perplejo, Scott seguía negando con la cabeza.
En ese momento un avión pasó sobre la casa, echando una sombra fugaz sobre los tres. Fanny miró arriba como si hubiera visto un dinosaurio viviente. “Ése es el ave más grande que haya visto en mi vida.”
Alyssa y Scott no pudieron contener la risa. Fanny sonrió, se sentó en una silla de patio y se quedó mirando el cielo.
Scott se sentó también y empezó a marcar cosas en su iPhone.  Alyssa trató de recordar todos los inventos de Edison que el señor Sherman había mencionado en clase ese día. Debería de haber algo que podrían utilizar o componer para permitir que Fanny viajara a casa.
Estaban concentrándose en silencio cuando habló Fanny, “Es eso un teléfono? Pueden oír a otras personas en el otro lado?” Fanny miraba el iPhone de Scott.
“Eso es!” gritó Alyssa. “Tengo una idea.”
Preguntas:
Para escribir: Cómo inspiró Fanny a Alyssa? Qué será la idea de Alyssa? Cómo ayudan Alyssa y   Scott a Fanny a viajar por el tiempo a 1878? Qué diría Fanny sobre 2012 antes de regresar a su presente?
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