Fantasy Drabble #309 "Now I Lay Me"

Mother will come back to the bedroom, tuck me in, whisper soft words of comfort, kiss me on the head. Father will call from the doorway with a tired smile in his voice: "Night, sport". I won't bother asking them to check under the bed: it won't be there yet. Uncle Rey has explained the rules carefully.

Tonight will be a bit different, at least for the monster. Uncle Rey built the trap, and installed it. Pressure plates and springs and chains. It will be loud, it'll wake Mother and Father, and they'll come rushing in, and then they'll believe.

18 comments:

  1. Love it! Wish I had had an Uncle Rey monster trap when I was a kid. That would've shown my parents! ;)

    I know it's not your thing, but this would make an excellent children's book. Some Seussian contraption built by a twinkling eyed uncle. A humbled and sorry monster caught and delivered up to disbelieving parents come morning...

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  2. oooh...love this!! my son had imaginary friends...a vampire and a knight...they lived under his bed. we never did catch those little fellers.

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  3. Get 'em, Uncle Rey!
    I was never afraid of monsters under the bed. But I did grow up poor in New Mexico. I was afraid of las cucarachas, because they were the size of a tractor.

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    1. If you had a monster, it would've eaten the cockroaches, and left you alone. Everybody wins.

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  4. If Uncle Rey told the poor kid all about the monster under his bed in the first place, he's a mean Uncle! Well done!

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    1. It's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it!

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  5. I love it! My kiddo needs an Uncle Rey monster trap of his own.

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    1. I'll be selling the plans for $9.95. Not really. But I should. ;-)

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  6. The monsters and evil that we created in our child minds...the dark...the scary... the foreboding... Thank heavens Uncle Rey came to the rescue..sounds rather like an over sized mouse trap - good take on the prompt.

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  7. Everyone needs an Uncle Rey!

    Great use of the prompt

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  8. in the end we all see/believe in the monsters under the bed. And, I echo VV - write the book. :)

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    1. My box-spring is directly on the floor, so there's no room for one here! :-)

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