### Jessalyne's Integer Story

Monday, October 27, 2008
The Integer Genie

Once upon a time there was a little boy named Chris, and he was sleeping. Once he woke up he saw that he fell asleep without doing his homework. He didn't know what to do so he paced the floor nervously. Chris knew he couldn't stay home because his parents were going to be at work, and he didn't want to stay home. Chris knew that there was no time to spare. He got ready quickly, skipping his morning shower. He thought that with at least a little bit of time, he could get some homework done. Chris was sitting in the living room, trying to get some work done. It was no use. This work required some time, and Chris only had 30 minutes until he had to head off for school. Out of nowhere, a magic genie appeared.
"Solve this integer pro
blem and I will have your homework done in a second!" The genie offered. Chris looked at the problem, and right away he knew what to do. Algebra tiles was the first thing that came into his mind.

"Yes! That's right!" Exclaimed the genie. "Your homework is now complete!" Chris jumped for joy at that thought. Now he could enjoy his breakfast. Later on, he was on his way to school when he spotted a small kitten stuck in a tree. He didn't know what to do. He had to get to school, but he knew he couldn't just leave when a kitten was stuck in a tree. Suddenly, the same genie appeared again.

"Solve this second integer problem, and I'll guarantee that this cat will be free from this tall tree." The genie said.
"I'll use a number line this time!" cheered Chris.

"That's right again!" The genie said cheerfully. With a blink of an eye, the kitten was falling to the ground, gently and safely. Chris cheered. He could make it on his way to school.
The day was going by smoothly. Chris was very happy.. that is, until he remembered that there was a new comic out of his favourite series, but the line started at 1:00pm and there was only 20 copies. Many of his friends said that they got their parents to line up for it, but Chris couldn't
since his parents where at work. Then, you guessed it. The integer genie appeared yet again with another puzzle.
"Solve this one, and I'll have the comic appear
right in front of your eyes." Chris was overjoyed.
"I need this comic so bad! I'll use have and owe."

"Good job, Chris! That's right again." The comic appeared right on Chris' desk. He jumped for joy! All of his friends wondered how he got it without even lining up. Chris just told them it was magic.
Soon enough, it was time to go home. Chris peered out the window, and it was raining hard. He had to walk 4 and a half blocks to get home, but he didn't want to if there was rain. He was waiting for the integer genie. Then, BAM. The genie appeared.
"Solve this, and you'll find yourself inside your house." Chris was so happy, and he decided to use mental math for this.

"I know the right answer for that!" Exclaimed Chris. "The right answer is...-1!"
"That's right!" Said the genie. "Now, go home!" And Chris was safe and sound in his own home.