The girl had been walking home from school, detention again, when her neighbour stopped and asked if she wanted a lift home. He was a kindly man and got on well with her family so she got in his car without a qualm.

He asked her why she was so late coming home and she told it was because of her bad behaviour. “What was it, bullying?”

“No, they caught me setting light to stuff behind the science block again” she replied.

“Tut tut bad girl!” he remarked with a strange smile.

“Ever heard of pyrokinesis?” the girl asked.

“No?” he asked, the girl merely shrugged and they continued on their journey but he didn’t drive her home, he took the car to the local park instead and tried to do something to her she didn’t like, so in return she did something to him he didn’t like.

The girl watched the car burning from a safe distance and when the petrol tank exploded she set off to walk home undisturbed.


“Pyrokinesis is the purported psychic ability allowing a person to create and control fire with the mind. There is no conclusive evidence that pyrokinesis is a real phenomenon.”



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