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Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)
TITLE: The Green Glowing 'Thing'
By Tabiatha Tallent
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Tyler threw down his glove and stomped up the front steps. The screen door slammed behind him as kicked off his shoes.
“Don’t drag your feet now, I made your favorite.”
“All right mom,” he called as he headed toward the bathroom. A strange glow from under his bedroom door caught his eye. He walked slowly towards the door and went down on his knees, slowly placing his hands on the floor and leaning down to look under the crack. A lime green glow escaped from under his closet door and seemed to illuminate everything in his room. Swallowing the lump in his throat, he slowly stood to his feet and placed his hands carefully on the door knob.
“Tyler, what’s taking so long? We’re all ready to eat. Come on.”
“But mom, there’s”
“No buts Tyler, get in here!”
“Coming, mom.” He turned from his door and went to wash his hands. <i>What in the world could that be?</i>
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“Tyler, are you feeling okay? You’ve barely even touched your supper.” Putting his hand on Tyler’s head, dad continued, “Maybe you stayed in the sun too long. I think you should take your shower and then go straight to bed.”
“I’m fine, dad. Just a little tired. Can’t I take a shower in the morning?”
“No way. You wanna be stuck to the covers when you wake up in the morning? Get your shower and then go to bed.”
“I made chocolate pudding for dessert. Don’t you want some?” Mom stood and retrieved a bowl of his favorite treat from the fridge.
“Nah, just save some for me for tomorrow.”
“You must be coming down with something.” Mom set the bowl on the table and watched as Tyler walked from the room.
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Holding the towel around his waist, Tyler slowly opened his bedroom door and stepped in, quickly closing the door behind him. The green glow was just as bright as it had been before, and his furniture seemed to glow in the darkness. He quickly pulled on some clothes. Then, he picked up his bat before walking toward the closet.
He stood as far back from the closet door as he could with his bat drawn back. With his other hand, he pulled the door opened and jumped back quickly. His jaw dropped as his eyes focused on the creature cowering in the back of his closet. It almost resembled a koala bear except for the lime green fur and the long red fingers and toes.
He slowly laid the bat on the carpet and then reached toward the ‘thing’. The glow from the fur brightened, the closer Tyler’s hand got to it. “I’m not gonna hurt ya, buddy. Where’d you come from?” The animals face seemed to draw down into the fur and Tyler knew that he must be scared. He backed up slowly and sat down.
<i>I know how I can get him out.</i> Tyler exited his room, shutting the door behind him.
In the kitchen, he quietly pulled out the bowl of pudding and filled a small bowl to take to his new friend. He put the bowl back in its place and slowly tiptoed down the hall.
Back in his room, the thing was still in the closet. He set the bowl a few feet in front of the closet and settled down in front of the TV. After a few minutes, the glow began to die down a little, and the ‘thing’ waddled toward the bowl of chocolate pudding. Tyler moved a little closer, “Hi there, buddy. I’m Tyler.”
The little green bear looked up at Tyler and made a soft purring sound. “Oh, you’re so cute. Do you have a name?” Tyler heard the purr again and gently pulled him into his lap. As he petted the soft green fur, the phone rang. The little bear made it to the closet in two quick leaps, then rolled himself into a shining, furry ball.
“It’s okay, buddy. You’re gonna be just fine.” Not knowing what to do next, Tyler decided to figure it all out in the morning. He made a pallet of sorts for his new friend in the closet, and settled himself into bed. <i>Lord, I know I’ve been asking for a pet, but I don’t know how mom and dad are gonna react to this one.</i>
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To be continued….
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