“Hello who’s there?”
“Don’t worry, it’s just me darling” said an unfamiliar voice.
“What do you want?”
“Nothing my pumpkin. Just meet me outside Tesco at 12. Bring no one and don’t tell a soul.”
Susan looked at her watch. It was 11:58. She picked up her coat and ran.
When she got to Tesco there was no sign of any one. She turned to head back then something sharp and pointy tapped her on the back. She turned around; there stood the strangest creature Susan had ever seen and she gasped. It had thick brown fur and sharp finger nails it looked a bit like a human. It hissed at her. Its fangs gleaming in the moon light, it handed her some documents with do not open printed in big red letters. Then the thing vanished into thin air.
Susan was tired because of her late night. No matter how hard she tried she couldn’t get to sleep. She kept thinking of the letter. She got it from under her pillow and opened it .
Inside the envelope was a map of the town. There were some strange letters written on the old sock factory. This made Susan curious, so she decided to go to the factory. Susan discovered that the factory was cold, damp and dark. In the left corner of the boiler room Susan found a pile of sweaty socks. She kicked them with her big toe to see if they moved. The pile was hard; Susan gave it a shove, a trap door opened with a creak to reveal a passage. She peered into the dark, dusty passage. Two red eyes gleamed. Susan tried to hold back a scream but she could hear her own scream in her ears. She slammed the door shut and ran. She didn’t know where but she just ran.
Susan ended up outside the local film rental. It was now 5:18am. Susan wanted to know more about the thing that gave her the papers. According to the films it was a boggle; the sworn enemy of all monsters.
“What are you doing here?” said an all too familiar voice. Susan turned to see her brother, Max. He must have heard her leave the house and had followed her.
“I’ll tell you what happened if you promise not to tell Mum or Dad?”
“Ok” said Max.
“I found the entrance to a cave where there are monsters.” Susan babbled. Max looked at her in disbelief and simply said ”liar”. Susan quickly retorted “Well I’ll take you there and then you’ll see that I am not a liar”
Susan explained to Max the plan; they were to get into their Halloween costumes, tell their parents that they had been invited to a Halloween party, then they would go to the factory and Susan would show Max what she had discovered.
Mum and Dad did not even look up from the TV when they wished Susan and Max a nice evening. The evening light was beginning to fade when Max and Susan arrived at the factory, but the factory loomed out of the murky night like a bad elephant. The children entered the factory; they went straight to the boiler room. Susan took Max to the pile of sweaty socks in the corner and showed him what she had discovered. Max and Susan peered into the dark passage, Max began to loose his footing, in a panic he grabbed at Susan and before they knew it they were falling into the unknown.
They landed with a thud, when they shook their heads they were dazzled by the light; it was hard to focus due to the glare. As their eyes adjusted to the brightness they realised the light was coming from thousands of street lights. Max looked at Susan. “Surely those are not the town’s lights?” Susan merely gave a nod of the head and swallowed hard.
Suddenly a big red hairy monster eating monster munch crisps appeared before them. Max and Susan’s chins dropped to the floor and their eyes were as big as dinner plates. “Go on through” said a gruff voice.
Max and Susan obeyed the monster, too gobsmacked to argue. What opened up before them was a replica of their town, but in some kind of yellowy brown texture. They reached out to touch it, surely not! It appeared to be made of ear wax. They shared a look of disgust, Max felt the sick rising in his throat but quickly swallowed it. They walked on. Before them was a canal of worms. At the edge of the canal were figures gorging themselves on the worms. The figures seemed to be teachers of every kind –English teachers, Science teachers and the worst sort, Maths teachers but dotted amongst these teachers were monsters of all shapes and sizes.
“Go on eat up,” said an English teacher. A shiver of disgust ran through their bodies but they were too terrified to disobey. Max took a worm, closed his eyes, held his nose and put the worm in his mouth and swallowed the best he could. Immediately the contents of his stomach emptied into the canal. The monsters looked up from their feast and yelled “Human!” The monsters lurched towards them. Max and Susan ran. The chase was on. Max and Susan searched for somewhere to hide but there was no where under the bright lights. They could feel the breath of the monsters on their necks. Susan saw a gap and made a dash for it; she squeezed past the guard and made it out of the passage way to the safety of the factory. Max ran on in desperation, but the monsters were closing in on him. One of the bigger monsters opened his jaw wide and pounced on Max, swallowing him whole.
Susan returned home. How would she explain this to her parents?