Twelve Midnight by Michelle C., age 9

I was in my bed dreaming about Halloween when I heard a church bell. I woke up. I looked out my window. I saw people walking to a church. It was midnight. I saw my parents and my aunt and uncle. They were acting like zombies. I could hear them from my room. They were all saying, “Migphy, migphy, migphy.” The people were hypnotized by a monster covered in green slime. It had purple eyes and blue eyebrows. I saw the monster with my own two eyes. It was seven feet tall, it had two slimy, purple arms, two slimy, blue legs and a pink mouth. I didn’t know what to do. I felt scared. I sniffed my room and it smelled like daisies. I looked at my nightlight. It was a glowing perfume bottle. It used to be a bunny. I looked to my left. I saw a paper with my name on it. I took it and opened it. It said:

Dear Sally,
We’re going to church and we don’t know why. Take care of yourself. We will be back tomorrow morning.

Your Parents

I was scared. I tried calling my best friend, but the phone wouldn’t work. I thought to myself If my parents don’t come home tomorrow, what am I supposed to do? How am I going to buy new clothes? How am I supposed to eat and make food?

I got out of bed and ran to the door. I opened it and went to my parents’ room. I opened the door. The bed was neat, the closet was closed and organized, and the table was piled with paper. The phone rang. I picked it up. It was my cousin Shirley! I told her about people going to a church at midnight. I said to her, “I saw your parents at church too.”

“Really?” asked Shirley.

“Yep,” I told her.

After the talk with my cousin, I ran to the living room. My sister Lina was there! I didn’t know she was home. I ran to her. I asked her, “Have you noticed that mom and dad aren’t home?”

“Yes,” answered my sister.

She was watching the Nature Channel. The show was about a group of bears chewing on a deer. I went online to a website called It said monsters can’t stand light, so I grabbed my flashlight and jacket and went to the church. I shined the light at the monster and it turned into a dust cloud and floated away. The peoples’ hypnosis wore off.

I went back home and went to sleep. The next day when I woke up, I went to my parents’ room. Their bed was the same as it was the night before. I heard someone in the kitchen. I tip-toed to the kitchen. Inside I saw my mother! Next to her was my father! I started to sing and dance.

My sister came out of her room and turned on the TV. She turned on the Nature Channel again. This time the show was about flamingoes dancing around a pond, doing a chicken dance. It’s good to be with the whole family.

About the Author

My name is Michelle. I am nine years old. My birthday is on December 29. My friends are Nhung, Holly, Kimberly, Catherine, Anna and Tiana. This is my first published book. I wonder about caves. Do monsters live in them with bears?