Suzy climbed onto her bed. She hugged Mr. Fluff, her favorite stuffed bear.
Suzy’s mom tucked the blankets around the young girl. “You need to sleep, Sweetie. It’s been a busy day.”
Half empty boxes cluttered the floor of the bedroom. Suzy’s family moved from a crowded apartment in the city to a nice house on a small farm in the country. Suzy spent most of the day carrying boxes and searching for her favorite toys.
“I don’t like it, Mommy,” Suzy whimpered. “I’m scared.”
“We’re just in the next room.” The girl’s mom gave her a kiss on the cheek and turned on the nightlight. “Good night.”
Suzy couldn’t fall asleep. She thought she saw monsters in every shadow. She grabbed a flashlight from her nightstand and shined it around her room.
“What are you doing?” Joshua stood at her door. “There’s nothing in your room.” He walked over to the window beside her bed. “It’s what’s outside that should worry you.”
Suzy stared at her brother. “Why?”
“I heard that the last family that lived here had a girl about your age.” A mean grin spread across the older boy’s face. “One night, during a full moon, a grack-ack wandered down from the hills. All she ever saw was its glowing green eyes. Then it gobbled the little girl up. The family moved, and the house has been empty ever since.”
Suzy began to cry. “Go away.”
“What’s wrong?” Suzy’s dad asked.
“Joshua said a monster ate the other girl that lived here.” She hugged her father.
“There are no monsters.” Her dad’s voice was soothing. “I’m sure Joshua was just trying to scare you. Now try and sleep.” He grabbed Joshua by the shoulder and walked him out of the room.
Suzy tossed and turned. She looked out the window. “Oh, no. It’s a full moon.”
She felt scared.
A strange sound out in the yard made her jump. She peered through the window, but couldn’t see anything. She shined her flashlight into the darkness. Near a bush in the distance she saw two green glowing eyes. “It’s the grack-ack!” She screamed.
Suzy’s mom and dad came running to her room. “What’s wrong?”
“It’s the grack-ack, just like Joshua said.” Suzy began to cry again.
“There’s no such thing, honey.” Suzy’s mom embraced her. “Since your brother told you the story, we’ll have him go out and show you there’s nothing out there.”
The group walked out into the yard. Joshua took the lead, holding the light in front of him.
“It was over there.” Suzy pointed to the bushes.
Joshua crept closer to the shrubs. “I don’t see anything,” he said.
Just then a rustling could be heard and a shadow emerged from the bushes. Joshua screamed and dropped the light.
Suzy squealed. “Look! It’s a little kitty.”
A small grey kitten bounced toward the girl.
“Can we keep it, mommy? Can we?” She squatted down to pet it.
“Of course you can.” Suzy’s mom laughed. “See, we told you there were no monsters.”
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