Elmo and the bullies

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Elmo and the bullies

ELMO AND THE BULLIES

(This story is the sequel to “How Elmo and Elmorina came to a truce)

Elmo had started kindergarten and loved it, but one day when he was playing in the sandpit, he heard this voice say “Hey, kid, come over here.”, and when he looked up, he saw two creatures who were much taller than him outside the fence. He had never seen them before. He hesitated and then went over. One of the creatures asked him “What’s your name?”  “Elmo” he replied. “Well, Elmo”, said one of the creatures “we’re going to come back here tomorrow and we’re going to kick your butt. And if you tell anyone, we’re going to beat you up real bad.” Elmo was stunned. He couldn’t believe what he had heard “Why are you going to beat me up?” he asked timidly. “Because we don’t like the way you look.” one of the creatures said. The other one laughed and said “Well, see you tomorrow.” Elmo went back to the sandpit, but didn’t start playing again. Instead he sat and thought what could be wrong with the way he looked. When his mother came to pick him up, Mrs Twiddywinkles, his teacher said that Elmo had seemed quiet and distracted that afternoon. As they were walking home, Elmo’s mother asked him if he was okay, and he said that everything was fine. He wanted to tell her about the creatures, but he didn’t want his mother to know that he was afraid. He wished it had been his father instead of his mother who had picked him up that day. At dinner time, he didn’t eat much dinner, and he chose to go to bed early. He didn’t sleep very well; he imagined he could hear the creatures laughing. The next day, when his mother dropped him off at school, she took his teacher aside and had a few words with her.  Elmo’s teacher paid close attention to him throughout the day, but Elmo didn’t notice. He was too busy worrying about what was going to happen to him. During English, which he normally loved, the teacher noticed that he wasn’t throwing himself into the lesson nearly as enthusiastically as normal; instead he just played with his pen and doodled through the entire lesson. During little-lunch, Elmo just sat in a corner nervously until the bell rang. In maths, he was so worried about the bullies that he wrote “65” to the question “What are eight sevens?” instead of “56” which he knew was the correct answer, and had to fix it, which cost him time and made it so he didn’t finish it before it was nap-time. Poor Elmo knew that in half-an-hour’s time he’d have to face those creatures. They were going to kick his butt. Elmo was very scared. He started to cry and his teacher at once went over to his side “What’s wrong, Elmo?” she asked kindly “I…I can’t tell you” he wept. “Why?” she asked “Be…because if I tell anyone, they will beat me up wo…worse.” “Elmo, I am not going to let anyone beat you up. Please tell me what’s going on so I can help.” Elmo looked into his teacher’s kindly eyes and decided that maybe she could protect him from those creatures somehow, so he told her about it. The other creatures all listened, with horrified expressions on their faces. The teacher said “Well, Elmo, if you see those creatures again, you just come and tell me.” During playtime, Elmo’s friends made a protective wall around him. They created an air of “You leave our friend alone, or you’ll have us to deal with.” Elmo actually enjoyed playtime, though he did occasionally have a glance around for the creatures. They did indeed come back, but as soon as they saw that Elmo was surrounded by so many of his friends, they skulked away. “Well, good riddance, you cowards.”, Elmo thought. When Moondust (a kindly, silver-haired creature who was in the same form as the creatures who threatened to beat Elmo up visited the class to get her hat, which she had left behind the previous day), she heard one of Elmo’s friends mention the incident and she said “Yeah, bullies are cowards. They go round threatening to beat someone up, just to scare them and stir up trouble, but if that creature is with a friend, they don’t dare. That’s one of the reasons it’s important to have friends. I’ve been in your situation myself; that’s how I know” Elmo smiled and said to himself “Well, if anyone threatens to beat me up, I’ll just find my friends and they’ll protect me.”

THE END

(By Shelley Goodman. Written on the 29th of September 2011)


Submitted: August 07, 2015

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