|Waiting for monsters|
We had been up for hours staring at the trap and nothing had happened. No sign of monsters or anything. It was quiet, almost too quiet. We were both falling asleep, but then I saw a mysterious cloaked figure jumping out of an alley way in the distance and ran after him...
|A mysterious hooded man warns us of danger|
I told him we were trying to capture a scary monster that looked like a big blood covered baby shouting for flesh.
"So this is how New Babbage solve their problems, by sending boys out to capture monsters?" he asked.
"The rest of them don't believe there is a monster," I told him, "they're just playing along really. But I trust the ones that saw it, three of my good friends." I straightened up and made myself look tough, "We've got to look after ourselves!"
"You poor things, if only someone in this retched place knew what they were dealing with."
"You believe it then?"
"Oh I believe in it all right."
"Do you know what the monster is? If you don't mind me asking."
"It is a creature that feeds on flesh of others, it is a creature that cannot die."
"How do we stop it then? Can we cage it up?"
"Only the strongest of cages will hold the creature for it has the strength of 10 men."
"And boys like you should not be out alone on the streets trying to capture it."
"I'm not alone, Gadget's here! There's been a whole bunch of us, safety in numbers."
The hooded man turned away. "The sun is rising, and i have need to be somewhere else," he said. Then he started striding away from me.
"Can you tell us what we can do to fight it? Or trap it?" I shouted after him. "Does it have a weakness? Stuff it doesn't like?"
He turned back, "you would do well to heed my warnings children, you are not safe on these streets, nor any who have no fighting skills." And then he turned the corner.
"Wait!" I shouted after him, "Who are you mister?" But he was gone.
...and then I realised that my shouting had drawn something's attention... up above me in the ruins of Loki's old shop, directly above the mysterious statue, something pink and bloody was scratching around!
Gadget had fallen asleep, but I shook him awake and pointed to the beast.
|The monster appears and chases me|
It was bloody scary and I wanted to get far away, but I knew I needed to lure it back to the trap! Thinking fast, I ran around the block and led it back to the trip wire and bait!
|I lead it back to the trap which briefly slows it down|
It seemed like we might have it, but then suddenly it pulled free, and before I could think to move it was leaping through the air!
|It jumps the rope, ignores the bait and goes straight for me!|
I nearly passed out it hurt so much! There was blood everywhere, it was horrible! It was shouting "YUM!" Gadget ran at it and fired his slingshot and I think I passed out.
|Gadget's slingshot drives the monster off but not before a big chunk is taken out of my leg!|
|Eventually help arrives...|
Eventually Mr Blindside left to talk to the mayor saying he was an archaeologist not a doctor and they should bury me for a thousand years if they wanted him to be helpful. Giving up on finding a medical doctor, Sky Netizen, Scottie Melnik and Maltheus Canis decided to take me to the free clinic and treat me themselves.
|Emergency medicine in the New Babbage free clinic|
More people had arrived, Zaida and LaughtonMcCry were there asking how I was. I was nearly passing out from pain it was so bad. Mr Melnik went to the counter and came back with a needle. Gadget and Zaida were scared he might be hurting or poisoning me, but the grown ups said it was morphine, a wonder drug that would take my pain away and make me feel really good. So I grit my teeth and let him jab me with it.
|I would still need stitches, rest and my dressings replaced, but until then I had morphine|
I remembered the monster and told them they we have to catch it! I told them all about it, how scary it was. Gadget and Zaida agreed and showed them the picture Victor drew. The grown ups were finally taking us seriously!
They told me that I had to rest though, that my leg was worse than it felt. I wanted to go back to the hideout and barricade the place up to hide from the monster, but they insisted I'd have to stay close, stay in the warm and near a doctor. I was worried it was so near to where the monster had bit me, but Gadget said he'd stay by my bed and guard me until the doctor showed up.
|I had to rest and keep my leg dry and warm, so I slept in the clinic while Gadget stood guard|
( Gadget's photograph and his side of the story can be found here )