Pete was tired of being invisible. No one even noticed he was around anymore.

So when everyone forgot Pete's birthday, he wasn't too surprised. He wound up alone on the bleachers one of Mrs. Kent's organic apple bran muffins (that he'd paid for himself at the Talon) and a bottle of Mountain Dew. He stuck a candle in the muffin and lit it with a lighter he swiped from his father's coat pocket.

"Man, I wish just one time, I wasn't invisible," he said when he blew out the candle.

The next morning, Pete woke up to an empty house.