Optimism is NOT Arrogance

Arrogance is the belief that you are BETTER than others. Optimism is the belief that you have the same CHANCE as others. We all have the chance to achieve our dreams. Don't ever let anyone tell you differently.

Voice Comparisons

Jeff - a brainy 11 year-old who is basically in charge.  This is his show.  Ben?  He's the sidekick, wise-cracking brawn that keeps the humor going even in tough situations.

This is from Chapter 1 - the different voices are introduced earlier; Jeff as normal font, Ben as italics.  See the difference?

They looked right at us – staring.  I remember shivering and Ben’s eyes growing so big they practically glowed-in-the-dark.  Pinchbeck slowly crawled over towards us.  “Do…you…speak…English?” he said.  I nodded. 
I heard Abby below shout up to us.  “What’s going on up there ya creep?”  I thought Abby was gonna kill us for sure – her bedroom was directly below.  She was DEFINITELY not gonna help.
Ben and I inched backwards. 
“Be careful Christopher!” Charles said behind Pinchbeck.  “They may be dangerous.”
“Nonsense,” Pinchbeck replied.  “They’re only boys.”

Only boys?  Dude, I would seriously kick your butt across the attic if I had to.  Fortunately for him I didn’t.  He leaned in close to us, so close that I could smell his breath, which, by the way, totally grossed me out.  “I don’t know who you are,” he said, “or what year this is, but listen to me carefully.  Whatever you do, do not go looking for it.  Leave it be.”
I told myself “Don’t say anything.  Don’t say anything.  Don’t say anything.”  This guy made NO sense and I didn’t want to upset the crazy person.
“We’ve no more time,” Pinchbeck said as he crawled back to Charles.  I couldn’t help but giggle.  I mean, two grown men crawling around the floor in wigs?  Priceless.
Pinchbeck stood and helped Charles up by the arm.  Then he turned back to us.  “Remember – do not look for it, and definitely, do not-”
ZAP!  He disappeared again, along with the Charles guy.  Definitely a ten on Ben’s Bizarro Meter.

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