Green Glow the Monsters

story & illustration © 2001 Bruce Van Patter

ow will this help me find the real monsters?" I asked, strapping the gizmo to my head.
Ashley's lips pinched together. She always did that when she was annoyed. "I told you before," she said. "Put this detector scope over one eye and you'll be able to see them. They'll be glowing green."

I slid the scope over my eye and looked at Ashley. "AAAGH!" I cried. "You're green!"

She hit me on the head with a bunch of leaves. "Of course I'm green," she said, pursing her lips. "That's my disguise. I'm a tree. Duh! The monsters won't be colored green. They'll glow green!"

"Right," I said. "Gotcha. Glow green." I still wasn't feeling happy about this. All the stuff I was wearing looked cool, but was heavy as my backpack on big homework nights. Sweat was starting to creep down my back. And it wasn't just because I was hot. I was really scared. "What am I supposed to do when I see them?" I asked.

"Get them to go into the locker room," she answered. "I've got a machine in there that will turn them back into kids." She shoved me toward the doors.

"I hope you know what you're doing," I said nervously.

She pinched her lips again. "I always know what I'm doing."

I took a deep breath and went in. The whole gym was filled with with kids in Halloween costumes. I had to squint my eyes, though. That's how bright it was. A whole bunch of the kids were bright, green monsters!

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