Books Before Bed

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Action and Adventure  |  House: Booksie Classic
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A boy travels to a world full of book characters, but not everything is as it seems...

Submitted: April 30, 2016

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Books Before Bed

by Jonah Jensen

Featuring characters from R.L. Stine, Michael Buckley, and Dav Pilkey

The gnomes cornered Joe in the garden, getting ready to attack.

I looked over at my brother, who was laughing his head off.

He was reading Captain Underpants. I smiled, remembering how much trouble the main characters in that book caused. But Kellen, my brother, needed to stop interrupting my reading.

“Kellen, can you please be quiet?” I asked.

“Okay, I’ll try,” he replied.

Our parents made us sit on our couch for one hour a day so we could read. The worst part was that they made us read at the same time, so Kellen always distracted me from my book.

I was reading Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes, which was way below my level, but to me it was still reading.

I got back to my book and continued reading.

As I got close to the end of the story, I heard Kellen rapidly flipping pages. I thought he was trying to distract me on purpose, but when I looked over at him I saw a bright beam of light streaming out of his book. Suddenly the book in my hands started vibrating. A figure that looked like a child flew out of Kellen’s book and into mine.

I could feel something pushing me towards the book. When I finally made contact with the book I felt like I was being squeezed into a small space.

And before I could start screaming in pain, I landed on a patch of grass. The childish figure lay down on the ground next to me. I looked at my surroundings and saw that I was in a garden.

I spotted a single gnome by some purple flowers. The gnome started walking towards me, shovel in hand. I thought of my book and how the gnomes in the story only moved at night, yet this one was moving.

The gnome approached me and hit my left leg with his shovel.

“Ow!” I yelled as I fell to the ground. The gnome was smaller than me, but he was ridiculously strong. I heard the child on the ground laugh. I looked over in time to see him stand up. I realized he was Harold, a character from the Captain Underpants series.

I didn’t understand how this was happening. What was going on? Was I in a universe full of book characters? Was I inside of a book? These questions filled my mind. The only thing I knew was that I was in a garden and there were two book characters in front of me. But where was Harold’s partner in crime, George? And why was there only one gnome? I had no idea why these things were happening.

I snapped out of my thoughts when I heard mischievous laughter. I looked over at the two trouble makers and saw Harold pulling ketchup packets out of his pocket.

“Don’t do it,” I said. This was followed by more giggling.

I realized that since both of these characters liked to cause chaos in their books, they would be great partners in crime. But they didn’t just pull little pranks, they inflicted pain and damage.

I thought of how much trouble they could cause. My thoughts were interrupted again, but this time they were interrupted by a stream of red, gooey liquid heading straight for my eyes.

My vision was disabled, and I fell to the ground once again in pain. I furiously rubbed my eyes, trying to get the ketchup out.

“ARGH!” I yelled. It stung so much.

When I could finally see it was obvious that the two immature figures had run away.

I ran out of the backyard garden and into the street. There was no sign of another living being. The silence was broken by the sound of a car. When I looked to my left, I saw nothing. But when I looked to my right, I saw a golf cart that was being poorly driven heading towards me.

Unfortunately for me, I was standing in the middle of the street. As the golf cart raced by me, I could feel a tiny hand grab the collar of my shirt. I was now being pulled behind the golf cart, my legs getting dragged on the rough road, my legs getting cut open in many places. I tried to wriggle out of the gnome’s grip, but like I said before, he was strong.

“STOP!” I yelled, “Please let me go!”

If I continued to be pulled by the gnome, my legs were going to be ripped to shreds.

I heard loud ripping sounds. My shirt ripped off and I skidded along the road for a few feet. Now I was furious. I stood up, shirtless and cut from the road, and started running after the golf cart.

They weren’t driving really fast, which was probably because they were terrible drivers. So I was quickly able to get within five feet of the golf cart. I was really going to give it to them. I saw Harold make a sharp turn with the steering wheel, which turned out to be a mistake because it caused the golf cart to go into a ditch on the side of the road.

“I’ve got you now.” I muttered to myself.

But of course, when I arrived at the ditch, they were ready for me. Harold held a baseball bat and the gnome had an armful of rocks.

“Oh man,” I said before I started sprinting away from them. A sharp pain filled my back and I instantly hit the ground.

Why did that gnome have to be so strong? He also had good aim. I felt Harold striking me with the baseball bat again and again. Thankfully he wasn't that strong.

These guys showed no mercy at all. I waited for the right moment and rolled over so the baseball bat hit the ground next to me. I grabbed the barrel of the bat and yanked it out of Harold’s hands.

Harold grew a terrified countenance. I didn’t want to hit him. He had been with me throughout my childhood, and he was way smaller than me.

The gnome brought his arm back, rock in hand. He threw the rock straight towards me. I got in position and swung the bat. I made direct contact with the rock.The rock hit the top of the gnome’s hat causing the hat to shatter because it was made of cheap glass.

Then I realized all I had to do to defeat the gnome was smash him into tiny pieces. But I didn’t think I’d be able to knowing the gnome was way stronger than me. I knew I’d need some help.

Then I had a brilliant thought. If I found a public library and read another book, maybe the character would join this world. I’d have to find a good character that would help me.

It was as if Harold read my mind when he said, “You know, I’ve never liked books that much!”

“Yeah!” the gnome agreed in his squeaky voice.

“Not today!” I yelled as I started running down the road, hoping to find a library.

The duo chased after me. The gnome was extremely slow because of his stout legs, but Harold was very fast for a fourth grader.

The chase continued for only a few minutes when I spotted a sign pointing to a public library. Harold had ran ahead of me earlier so I knew I needed to quickly get to the library before Harold caused any destruction to the books. I ran in the direction of the library.

I was running on a dirt road, which I thought couldn’t lead to a library, but the sign showed that the library was this way.

I heard a massive explosion from behind me. I turned around and saw a giant mushroom cloud in the opposite direction of where I was running.

And then I knew what had happened. As I mentioned before, Harold had gotten ahead of me during the chase. Harold was known for switching up signs. He must have switched the direction of the arrow on the sign.

They had done it. They destroyed the library. I fell to my knees on the ground, feeling defeated.

I didn’t even know how I was going to get home. I could see debris from the explosion flying through the sky. A single brick landed beside me creating a small crater in the ground. I looked up, getting ready to move out of the way of flying objects, when a book, completely intact, landed in front of me.

It was the first book of the NERDS series. I loved these books. They were about a group of school students that used technology to save the world. They would be able to help me.

I opened the book. Nothing happened.

“NO!” was all I could manage to yell. It didn’t work. I set the book down, wondering what I should do, when a bright beam of light came out of the book.

My melancholy feeling was instantly replaced with excitement. There was still a chance that I could get help.

The silhouettes of characters leaped out of the book. Help had arrived.

Agent Braceface lifted me off of the ground.

“What’s the problem?” he asked.

“A devilish child and a mischievous gnome.” I replied.

Agent Pufferfish stepped in. “Okay team, you know the drill. We’ve got a lot of other problems we need to take care of today.”

“C-c-can I help?” I nervously stuttered. After all, I was talking to some of my favorite book characters.

Pufferfish answered, “Sure, but are you ready for the dangers that lie ahead?”

“Let’s do this!” I replied. I was ready to get my revenge on the destructive duo.

I hit the off button on my alarm. I always woke up just when I was getting to the good parts. Three books rested on my nightstand next to my alarm clock. A Goosebumps book, a Captain Underpants book, and a NERDS book.

“Man, I need to quit reading before bed.” I said to myself.

I got out of bed and went to prepare myself for a normal, actionless day of school.


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