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Elliots Amazing Adventures No 45 - The Shy Monster
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As Basil flew out from his draw he gasped, and gave a scream,
There was a monster on the bed where Elliot had been,
The monster started laughing, and then sat up on the bed,
"It's my costume for the Monster Ball, do you like it?" Elliot said.
"We always have a party for my end of year at school."
Basil gasped; "You nearly stalled my engine, that was really cruel,
I thought a real monster was lying on your bed.
What IS a MONSTER BALL? I don't think I'd like it." Basil said.
Elliot smiled, "My teacher, Mr Johnson, thought it was a good idea.
He thought it would be different from any other year,
We usually have to wear smart clothes, but this is much more fun.
I could ask my teacher, if you like, and see if you could come."
"No fear!" exclaimed Basil, "you can go there on your own,
I'll stay tucked up in my draw, I would rather be at home.
The thought of all those monsters fills me full of dread,
Monsters really frighten me, I don't like them" Basil said.
"Let me take a look!" said Grandad as he walked into the room.
"I've heard you've turned into a monster; that is a good costume!
You look like a giant spider, really scary." Grandad said,
"Now take it off before you spoil it, and fold it on your bed."
Elliot did as he was told, and Basil's bell began to ring,
"A new adventure" Elliot grinned as Basil gave another ting,
"Take your costume with you, perhaps you'll need it." Grandad said,
"Why would I!" Elliot exclaimed as he took it from the bed.
"You never know" smiled Grandad, "now it's time for you to shrink."
Elliot climbed on board Basil and they were gone within a blink.
THE SHY MONSTER
They flew out through the window, and soon were soaring high.
The houses below grew smaller as they sailed into the sky.
"I can hardly see!" said Basil, "a mist has started to appear."
The sky looked a funny colour as the mist began to clear.
The ground below looked very still, and they couldn't hear a sound.
As Elliot looked out of the window there wasn't anyone around.
Elliot began to grow as he stepped out of the bus.
"I can't understand it" Elliot said, "who could have sent for us?"
The sound of screaming filled the air, and then shouts of "GO AWAY!"
They saw strange shapes in the distance, and Basil looked quite grey.
"They look like MONSTERS!" Basil screamed, "I don't like this at all."
"Well, if they're monsters" Elliot grinned, "they can't be very tall."
As the shapes grew nearer Elliot began to realise,
They were brightly coloured monsters, each one about his size,
"WHAT ARE YOU? GO AWAY!" one shouted, there was quite a din,
It was then that Elliot realised they were more frightened of him.
"Who are you?" a monster said, "Why are you frightening us?
You are so ugly, and horrid." they were making quite a fuss,
"Your arms and legs are funny, and your face is a disgrace.
Why have you got two eyes in the middle of your face?
Everyone has only got one eye, why would you need TWO?
You only need ONE eye to watch, and get a better view,
Whoever heard of two eyes fixed around a nose?
You must be a reject, a design fault I suppose."
"I'm a HUMAN!" Elliot declared, "I know I'm different from you."
"Just look at your arms," the monster said "you've only got just two!
You Humans must be lazy with nothing much to do,
Monsters are always busy, so we we're made with quite a few.
You're making my eye hurt," the monster said "you're so ugly to see,
Though I must confess, apart from that, you seem alright to me.
Why are you here, why have you come, what do you want with us?
What's that strange thing beside you?" Basil gulped "I am a BUS!"
"You're not too bad," the monster said, "are you made of tin?
If you're HIS friend, take him away, or do something with him!"
"I know" said Elliot, "I'll wear my costume," and he reached inside the bus.
"Hm..that's better," said the monster, "now you look a bit like us."
A loud cry filled the air, and then there came a moan,
"Oh that's Griffin," the monster said, "just leave him on his own,
No one has ever seen him, but we all know that he is there."
"He must be lonely" Elliot said, "doesn't anybody care?"
"What does he look like?" Basil asked "does he look like you?"
"We don't know" the monster said, "we haven't got a clue,
We think he must be bigger, because he has the loudest roar,
We all used to be frightened, but no one bothers anymore."
"Well, I want to see him" Elliot said, "he could be why we're here."
"Are you sure?" said Basil, his face looked full of fear,
"He's over there," the monster said "if you are feeling brave,
He's never seen the day light, he just stays there in his cave."
Elliot walked into the cave, Basil had his eyes shut tight.
"My eyes are staying closed" he said "I don't want to get a fright."
"There's something in the corner," Elliot called "but I can hardly see,
ARE YOU GRIFFIN?" Elliot shouted, a voice bellowed, "YES THAT'S ME."
"Basil, put your headlights on," called Elliot "we need to get a better view."
"I asked the Wizard," called Griffin, "and I think he sent for you."
"Come a little closer" Elliot said, "you are sheltered by the wall."
The whole cave shook as he stood up; he was at least twenty feet tall.
His head was huge and yellow, on his brow stood one huge eye,
Above his head another, which appeared to reach the sky.
As he thundered towards them the ground began to quake,
Basil's mouth fell open wide, and then he began to shake.
"DON'T BE AFRAID," Griffin said, "I'm really very shy,
I can't mix with all the others, and now you know the reason why,
No one can accept me; I'm different as you can see,
They all used to shout and scream, and run away from me.
I only want to be their friend, and would help them if I could,
Many years ago I used to try but it wasn't any good."
"Come out with us" said Elliot, "we can help them understand,
You don't frighten us at all! Pick me up in your hand."
Basil was still shaking, and thought Elliot was brave.
The screaming was horrendous as they walked out from the cave.
Then a noise above their heads caused them to freeze with fear.
He's come again they all called out, "THE MONSTER BIRD IS HERE!"
"He's been here before" they all said, "Where does he come from?
When he left the last time one of us was gone."
"He's taking you for food" said Griffin, "and that will never do,
I think that I can stop him, don't worry I'll help you."
Griffin put Elliot on the ground, and reached his hand up to the sky.
The monster bird let out a screech as Griffin poked him in the eye.
"You're beating him" the monsters called, "poke him again they cried."
The bird flew away at speed, as fast as he'd arrived.
The monsters all let out a cheer, and Griffin went bright red.
"You might look different to us, but you're a hero." they all said,
"Stay with us, and be our friend, there's no need to be shy,
We know being different can be special, and you have taught us why."
Basil was still shaking, but he bravely said "Hello".
"I'm pleased to meet you Griffin, but now it's time for us to go."
Elliot climbed on board the bus as they sailed into the sky.
Griffin waved to them both of them, he was no longer shy.
Soon Elliot landed in his room, "A good adventure?" Grandad said,
"It's time for your party; put your costume on the bed.
If there's a costume just like yours, here's label with your name."
Elliot smiled, "I hope everyone looks different; it's no fun to be the same."
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