This is the pattern Bianca used to create their matching costumes, as she is an accomplished seamstress. http://www.simplicity.com/p-1951-costumes.aspx
I looked ridiculous.
And I wasn’t happy about it.
“Oh, come on Doc, it’s fine.”
I flattened my ears against my head and sulked, refusing to walk in the stupid human clothing. My human said I was a bat. I wanted to tear the fake ears from my head and the cape from my back, but I would leave them on to make Kevin happy. He’d been so sad recently.
My human was dressed in a similar cape with fake dead-thing fangs. I thought he looked stupid too.
“Let’s go Doc.”
I stared in horror as he went out the front door. He couldn’t possibly expect me to go out in public like this? What if Nelli found out? I snorted at that thought, Nelli had no idea who I was, but that didn’t mean I was going outside.
“Doc, come.” His voice was stern, and I had to obey. I slunk across the floor “Let’s go.”
I whined in protest but I followed him outside. I couldn’t even look at Rose, the poodle next door, as we walked past but I thought I heard her snicker. I wasn’t even comforted by the familiar surroundings of our park when we arrived. It was full of people who looked just as dumb as we did.
Kevin walked to a table and handed me a piece of meat. I grudgingly accepted and followed when he started talking to other humans. I knew some of them, some of them I didn’t, but I ignored them all, even when they tried to pet me.
“He’s not happy about being a bat tonight,” my human said.
“I’m going to take him to the edge of the crowd for a while. I’ll be back.”
I followed Kevin, happy to be out of the crowd. He leaned against a tree and I leaned against his leg, anxious for the night to be over.
The only warning I had was a faint whiff of garlic and then my human crumpled to the ground, trapping me beneath his body.
* * *
I lurched to my feet, staggered, and fell down.
“If you’ve hurt my dog!”
“Your demon you mean?”
“Look you stupid twits, I am not a vampire. It’s Halloween, this is a costume. My dog is not a demon.”
I heaved, and puked all over someone’s feet.
“Demon venom! It’ll infect me!” a human wailed.
I winced as the sound pierced my head.
“You poisoned him. Of course he’s sick.”
I heaved one more time and then lay down at Kevin’s feet and whined – then stopped when the sound rattled my head.
“You and your demon dog will be cleansed by the light of the rising sun.”
I didn’t know what the stupid human was talking about, I just wished he would shut up. He was hurting my head.
“What have you guys been smoking?” My human sounded more annoyed than afraid, so I guessed whatever had happened to us couldn’t be that bad.
The other humans didn’t answer Kevin. They did start chanting and placing candles all around the room. I watched until they lit one of them then I had to shut my eyes to avoid more pain in my head.
“What are you doing?” my human asked.
“Preparing for the ritual cleansing.”
“Don’t stop chanting!” The other human snarled at the first.
“Sorry,” the second muttered.
The chant continued and I started to feel better. In fact I started to feel down right thirsty, so I got to my feet, and stayed there this time. I cast about for some water and saw a bowl by one of the human’s feet. I wagged my tail and trotted over to him. He screeched as I stuck my nose in the bowl. There was a small amount of water and I lapped it up before going back to lie at my human’s feet again.
“The demon, he didn’t react to the holy water,” one of them whispered.
“Of course not,” Kevin said. “He’s a dog, not a demon.”
“Maybe we should just stake them and get it over with.” The other human slammed his book shut.
I could smell the first hint of fear from Kevin. He tried to get up from his chair and growled when he couldn’t.
“Come on kids. I’m not a vampire.”
I tuned my human and the other humans out. The things they said meant little too me, but I was starting to understand that Kevin and I didn’t want to be here. I saw the door, it was close but my human was stuck to his chair. I scooted around behind him and saw rope on his hands.
Inspired, I started to chew.
The humans noticed eventually, but it was too late. Kevin jerked his hands free just as one of the other humans cried out in alarm. Kevin stumbled forward and both he and the other human toppled to the ground, extinguishing some candles in the process. Kevin lurched to his feet and the one on the ground cried out.
The other human wasn’t a dead thing, but he did hold a big stick and he was swinging it at Kevin. I barked a warning and threw my whole body into the human’s chest, sending him to the ground. He hit his head on the table as he fell and didn’t move once he was down.
The other human moaned from the ground.
“Come on Doc, let’s get out of here.”
I followed and we raced out of the basement and into the early morning light.
“Now I think I might know how the vampires feel,” Kevin said softly as we stood in the driveway.
I woofed quietly.
“Ok, let’s call the cops. And next Halloween… we’re staying home.”
I wagged my tail happily when my human removed my stupid costume and ruffled my ears.
“What would I do without you Doc?”
One Sunday afternoon I found myself with some time on my hands. That is an amazing feat for a woman with three children who are six years old and under. With this occurrence, I would usually read a book but decided, instead, to see which movies were On Demand.
I decided to rent a movie I thought my husband would not be interested in watching and chose I Am Number Four, a movie I didn’t know much about except that it was categorized at Young Adult. I watched a few minutes before I decided that the husband would, in fact, enjoy it and I called him to come upstairs and watch it with him.
We sat and enjoyed the movie very much. A few minutes into the movie, in this modern age, I googled the title and—boom—wouldn’t you know—the movie was made from a book. I hadn’t read it but I decided that since I had enjoyed the movie I should read the book. If there was a series being written about these characters I didn’t want to find myself not having read the first book.
So I sat down to read the book on my Kindle a few days later. I had enjoyed the movie. The book is so much better.
Lucky for me, since I had discovered the book late, the second book in the series The Power of Six, was coming out later in the month. I pre-ordered it for Kindle and waited. The day it came out, I read the whole thing.
What is it that I loved so much about these books (and think I will love in the future for the next books?) It’s the WOW factor. Something about these books makes me go OH WOW when I read them. I am so transported to another world—the world from the viewpoint of Four, Six, and the others that I cannot wait to keep reading.
I think every author wants to do that—we want to make the WOW factor but I think it’s particularly important in Young Adult books. Lets face it. They have a lot to choose from when it comes to their reading selections. It is the WOW that is going to make the difference.
And as for me, I cannot wait to go WOW again about this series. Can I beg an author to write faster?
What makes you go WOW?