Photo by TinkerTailor on Flickr

“Stop that! They will see us.”

“I can’t help it – especially when I’m scared.”

“Hurry, over here into these trees.”

“Ha ha ha ha ha!”

“Ohhh. I hate that sound. Sometimes I have nightmares about it.”

“Don’t worry. Just keep moving and follow me.”

“Oops”

“Please focus. Every time you do that you tell them where we are.”

“I just want to go home. Why did we have to go this far? Daddy warned me about these monsters.”

“It’s going to be ok. Just try to keep up with me and keep moving back and forth like I am.”

“Luz said that last year the monsters caught a boy in her class and they never saw him again.”

“Yeah, that was Glint. I knew him too. But he was a daredevil. He liked to see how close he could get to them and still get away.”

“Really? Why would he do that?”

“Boys do weird things. I think that’s what makes them boys.”

“Are you sure we’re going the right direction? Oops”

“Will you stop that? Yes, I know my way around these woods. We just have to work our way around the edge of this field. If you would quit giving away our position we could be out of danger already.”

“Look out!”

“Go to the ground!”

“Where is it?”

“It’s right in front of us. Just lie still and whatever you do, don’t light up.”

“Oh, Sparkle, I’m so sorry. I can’t control it. Mama says she’s gonna take me to Dr. Lumen if it keeps up. I’m so scared.”

“It’s ok. Everybody goes through that stage. I think I have a plan, though.”

“Ok”

“Follow me to the edge of the field. We’ll wait until your glow flashes and then I’ll flash mine too. Then we will fly as fast as we can across the middle of the field. We’re both fast flyers.”

“I’m the fastest in my class at school.”

“You will probably flash again about half way across, but don’t stop.”

“Ok. But I’m still scared.”

“Get ready. We’ll wait here until your next flash.”

“Do you see any monsters?”

“If you listen carefully you can hear that awful noise we heard earlier. It’s not close, so we should be ok.”

“What do you think they do to us if they catch us?”

“Old man Flicker says he was captured once.”

“Mama says he’s crazy.”

“Yeah, so do my parents, but he says he was trapped in some kind of clear container. He could fly around, but only a certain distance in each direction. It was like a force field.”

“What did they do to him?”

“He says they just looked at him for a while and then let him go.”

“You think that really happened?”

“Go! Now! Keep going and don’t stop.”

“I think I see one!”

“Keep going!”

“It’s getting closer.”

“If one tries to grab you make a quick dash to the left and then go straight again.”

“You sound far away. Do I need to slow down?”

“No. Keep going as fast as you…”

“What happened? Oh no! It’s got you.”

“Keep going! As fast as you can!”

****

“Mama! Mama! A monster got Sparkle!”

“Honey, slow down. What do you mean? What happened?”

“It was horrible. We were in moonlight field and the monsters came out. We tried to get away, but I kept flashing. If only I could stop flashing. It’s all my fault…”

“Slow down, dear. You’re talking too fast for me to understand you.”

“Yeah, she’s a fast one, alright. I couldn’t even keep up with her.”

“Sparkle! You’re alright? How did you get away? It had you captured.”

“Yeah, it was scary, but when you turned and flashed, it release me for a second. I think it was trying to get you too, but you were too fast. That was all the break I needed.”

“I didn’t even know I flashed.”

“Well, I’m glad you did. You saved my life.”

 

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