Chapter 1 What makes up a monster
Stan’s a geek, he knows this. He never doubted this fact of life. Stan was one of those strange kids in school and was so often picked on because he was different. He knows he was odd but did not want to be seen as different. Stan wants to be a regular kid.
For Stan and the small band of high school friends, they are fed up with the constant harassment and teasing from the other students. The other kids in school regard them as sport. Every time hurtful things are said, it drives a dagger deeper into their souls. But Stan was not alone. Many of his school friends are in the same predicament. The brunt of jokes, the teasing, poking, and prodding, they just want to be left alone.
“The annual Halloween party was coming up,” Stan announces. “We should make an impression on our tormentors from school. Something they’ll never forget. Maybe it’s time to turn the tables on them. Are we willing to study the skills and the perceived requirement to become a horrible monster? How can we transform into the hideous creatures we see in the movies or read about in books? What deformity do we have to take on? What do we need to work on to become truly monstrous?”
Stan and his band of misfits have decided they are not going to take it any longer. The Halloween party would be a good time to make their transformation. They are going to change their image. It’s time for a little payback. They would become the deepest darkest fears from their imaginations, the monster which lives and grows under the bed. The things that go bump in the night. This was what Stan and his friends want to become.
The kids in the geek squad are already considering which hideous and repulsive creature they want to be. What could they do to make themselves any more frightening?
The kids want to make their transformation as real as possible. They realize they need to find out what real monsters are and how they act. What makes a monster really monstrous? They don’t want to be just scary; they want it to be the scariest. But… are they willing to do whatever it takes to become the very best monsters?
“Are we talking about Frankenstein?” asks Stan. “Or can any scary horror movie beast be sufficient?”
“What we need, are lessens,” Tammy informs. “Do we know what it takes to be the perfect monster?
“We have all seen horror movies, right? We should be able to make a list of the things we need to know and learn.”
Stan asks Marcie to take some notes. “We need to keep track of what ideas we come up with.” Marcie flips open her steno pad and writes down the list of monster traits as they talk.
1. The creepy walk, arms stretched out in front, as you walk.
2. The limp.
3. The horrible scream in the night.
4. The growl at your victim.
5. The really cool makeup.
6. Hysterical laugh.
8. Dripping blood.
9. Old tattered clothes.
“We can do most of this with just costume and make-up,” said Stan. “But there are a lot of ideas here. They are just the proper frame of mind. We have to, ‘want to be,’ the big bad monster. We need to implement as many of these monster traits as possible.”
“We have to work on all this before the party,” said Dutch. “We only have two weeks. Can we get it all done before then?”
Each night they gather to watch old horror films and work on their plans to become the monster of their dreams. Tammy brings some old books she found in her attic.
“One of my books are filled with spells and incantations.” said Tammy. “My mother said her great great grandmother was a witch. I don’t believe it, but maybe we can find something in here we can use.”
When the group meets they sit in front of the television in the den. They each take turns bringing videos to watch. When the movies are over, Tammy talks about the new spells she’s read about in her book. She identified several she thinks will help them become their choice of monsters.
“We are playing with fire here, with this book?” Eric said. “I mean, we can do something we’ll be sorry for later and not know how to get back out of it.”
“What… are you scared?” Dutch sneers. “I think we should do everything we can. I want to get even with those brats at school.”
Stan moves close to Tammy, “Keep looking for something we can use, but be careful. We don’t want to turn into frogs or aardvarks.”
After the movie Tammy stands in front of the group and recites a few passages from her book. She selected a couple of spells which claim to bring forth the true creature inside and show itself.
The kids work on their costumes and go through their monster lessens. They are ready to go out for the night. The new monster group walks along the sidewalk while trick-or-treat was going on. Most every house has their porch light on and the small groups of children are scurrying from one house to the other. With each new person the monsters encounter, they do their best to scare them and drive them over the edge with fright.
Some of the adults comment, these are the best costumes they’ve ever seen and they can’t get over how realistic they seem to be. One of the parents try to pull off part of a costume to find the costume was not fake, the blood was real the horns are real. The creatures before him are truly monsters.
The Halloween party was underway and all their school friends should be there. They are the most hideous creatures these kids have ever seen. The party goers are not really frightened because it’s Halloween. They know it’s only, make-believe.
Chapter 2 The transformation
Stan and his friends are so into the transformation from their scared lives to the powerful self-confidant lives they now have. They decide to keep the costume and makeup all in place for the next day. They attend school all made up as they were the night before. The kids made fun of them because Halloween was over last night. The other kids tease them because Halloween was over and the costumes are not fun anymore.
Stan and his friends like the way they can scare their friends. They agree to keep the costumes on throughout the day. Near the end of the school day, Stan and his friends meet up in study hall. They sit in the corner of the room and discuss their experiences of the day.
“How did your day go?” asked Stan.
“It was great,” said Tammy.
“I too had a great time,” said Dutch. “Everyone commented about how my costume looks so real. They wanted to touch my horns, but I wouldn’t let them.”
Marcie recounted her experiences. “I was asked by the drama coach, ‘Who did our makeup?’ She wants to have us do the makeup for the next production for the school drama club. I told her we did our own makeup and costuming. She acted amazed. I also told her we would not be interested in helping her with their drama club.”
“I think we should keep this going for as long as possible,” Stan suggested. “Let me ask you all something. Have any of you got harassed or picked on today?”
None of them had. It’s been a very calm day. None of the bullies treated them badly. Because they still had their costumes on, and they still acted the same way they had practiced from the night before. No one bothered them, except for the curious people who wanted to look behind the mask.
“What do you say we keep things going like this for as long as we can?” asked Stan.
“I am all for it,” said Dutch. “For the first time in my memory I did not get chased down the hallways. This time, I did the chasing.”
“Me too,” said Tammy. “I am respected for being an individual. No one bothers me.”
“What about at home?” asked Stan. “Will any of you have any problems at home?”
“I am sure, I will have some problems,” Marcie said.
“I think we can help with that,” said Stan. “We’ll go over to your house when we leave school today. We can tell your parents we are in the drama club’s new production. We are working on our parts in the play and need to get into character. Do you think they will believe us if we all go there as we are right now?”
“That might work,” said Marcie.
“OK, anybody else?”
“No,” said Dutch. “They don’t care about what I do or who I do it with.”
“Me either,” said Eric.
“How long are you planning to carry this out Stan?” asked Tammy.
“How long do you want to be the monster you are?” replied Stan. “I am tired of being picked on. I like the respect the others are giving us. I don’t know if it was their fear or if they just don’t know how to handle us in our costume.”
Chapter 3 Change is not always good
Stan wakes the next morning and he does not feel well. He feels sick to his stomach and thinks he should hurry to the bathroom. Stan glances in the bathroom mirror as he walks by. He notices his makeup was still looking good. Relieving himself and feeling a little better he does not think he will be sick after all.
At the mirror he examines his look and was amazed how well his makeup has lasted so long. He reaches up to his face and rubs on his cheek to smear the makeup. It does not smear. He then takes ahold of the large prosthetic ear. He pulls on it in an attempt to pull it off. It does not budge. Stan pulls off the t-shirt he wears at night to find his chest was covered with thick luxuriant mat of monster hair.
“This can’t be! I didn’t have any chest hair for my costume. Where did this come from?”
“I have to check on the others,” Stan thinks.
Stan calls Tammy and inquires if she was having a problem with her look. Was she able to remove her make-up?
“No! Stan I can’t get it off. I have been in the shower for the past hour or so and it won’t come off. What are we going to do?”
“Calm down,” Stan said. “We can get together. We’ll get this figured out. Come over to my house and bring that book! I’ll call everybody else.”
At Stan’s house the monsters meet in the den again and they are afraid they will stay this way forever. How are they going to fix this mess?
“I’ve been reading through my book,” informs Tammy. “I can’t find anything that tells how to reverse the first spell and turn us back into the kids we were. Right now I think we’re stuck.”
“Well that’s just great!” Eric nearly screams. “I can’t stay like this and walk around looking this way for the rest of my life! Stan, you’ve got to do something.”
“Look,” everyone calm down,” Stan said. “We’ll figure this out and get back to our old selves.”
“Wait a minute.” Dutch said. “I like it this way. I don’t want to change a thing. This was great! I wish I would have done this, years ago. No one messes with me.”
“Dutch? You like this?” Marcie asked.
“Yes I do. I’m not changing back. I am not going back to be the scared kid running in the halls all the time.”
Chapter 4 Now what?
In Home Room, Stan and his friends appear to be made up for another day of post Halloween. Now the other kids are not taking this lightly. They demand an answer for the continued costuming and freighting appearance? Stan and his friends have to explain they are not playing a joke on them, they cannot remove the make-up. They tried everything and nothing works. As much as they wish to be normal again they are stuck. The Home-Room class rallies around them and throws out suggestions to help. It became a class project to help their friends. The word quickly travels around the school the Geek monster squad was in trouble and they need help. All the students gather around and offer their suggestions to help the monsters change back into their old selves.
Stan gathers his fellow monsters together for a private talk about the love and sincere reactions to their problem. None of the other students believe they are lying to them or pulling their leg. They believe their story and they honestly want to help them fix their problem.
“I have kids come up to me and offer their thoughts of how to fix this,” said Tammy. “I have talked to girls who have never spoken to me in the past.”
Eric offers, “Everyone wants to help. They all think it’s terrible.”
“Do any of you have an idea how to get back to our former self?” asks Stan.
“I for one am glad we can’t change back,” Dutch said. “The moment we change back, they will be on us like piranhas circling us in a pond.”
“I don’t think it will be like that,” said Stan. “I think they are honestly concerned with us. I think they will be a lot more sympathetic with us in the future.”
“What should we do now?” asked Tammy.
“We should just go back to my place and read through Tammy’s book and find the cure before it’s too late.”
“Do you think we can eat a few of these people before we go back to your place?” asked Marcie. “I’m starving.”
“NO, Marcie. I think that would be very bad,” Stan growls. “Come on we need to go.”
All of the monsters convene back in Stan’s basement again. Tammy starts to read aloud from her book. The rest of the kids listen for anything that sounds like the spell which transformed them into the monsters they’ve become. After reading all the passages Tammy had selected, none of them said any of them sounded like it was the problem.
“Don’t worry, we’ll figure something out,” said Stan.
“We want to reverse the process,” said Marcie. “What if we record the spell and then replay it backwards?”
“Do you think it will work?” asked Eric.
“It’s worth a try,” Tammy said. “My mom has such a recorder, it will play backwards.”
“That’s it!” said Stan. “That’s why she’s got such a recorder.”
“Let’s go to my house and give it a try,” offered Tammy.
“I’m not going,” said Dutch.
“What?” asked Stan. “Why not?”
“I’m not going to change back. I like it just the way it is. I want to stay this way.”
Dutch leaves Stan’s house by himself and the rest if the monsters go over to Tammy’s house. They take the recorder and each one of the monsters talk into the tape deck. After each monster records the spell, they reverse the heads and play the tape backwards. One by one the monsters slowly return back into the geeks they were.
“That feels strange,” said Stan. “I am glad that’s over.”
“I was afraid we were going to be stuck like that forever,” Eric gasped. “It’s all that book’s fault and Tammy for bringing it into our group.”
“Stop right there, Eric,” said Marcie. “You can’t blame Tammy for this. We are all in this together.”
“You could have stopped any time,” said Stan. “Look at what we’ve accomplished, how we changed the perception of the other kids in school.”
“I think we are more respected and this changed some of the kid’s minds about being different,” said Tammy. “But what are we going to do about Dutch?”
Stan stood next to the recorder, “We know how to change things back as before. Let’s just hope Dutch will come back to his senses before it’s too late.”
Dutch has been seen running the streets late at night. On nights of the full moon a creature howls in the dark. The former monsters know Dutch was still around. They leave notes for him to find but it’s been several months and there’s been no contact. They assume they will never talk to Dutch again.
Author: Grant E. Fetters