put down the book she was trying to read for English and looked at
Tyler, the little boy she was babysitting. He was jumping up and down
with excitement and she tried not to laugh, as she gave him her most
“Tyler, aren’t you supposed to be in bed?”
“But Lily,” the boy said, nearly bouncing out of his pajamas, “I have to tell you what happened.”
sighed. She knew there was no point in arguing with him, not when he
was wound up like this. If she wanted him to get back to bed, so she
could get back to her reading assignment, she would have to let him tell
his story. “Okay Tyler, what happened? Did aliens try and take you back
to your planet?”
“No,” Tyler said, his voice heavily laced with sarcasm. “That was last week.”
“And they haven’t been back yet? Well then, I suppose that you were nearly eaten by zombies.”
glared at Lily and she tried not to laugh.
“Lily, I’m serious. This is important, because we have to warn everyone about the new neighbors!”
“The Rosarios? They seem nice.”
Tyler, really, I don’t have time for this. I have a book report due
tomorrow and I haven’t even finished reading the book.”
“But I’m telling you the truth! If it weren’t for Jack Jack, I’d be vampire food right now!”
Jack Jack let out a little woof, as though the pooch were confirming what the boy was saying.
“And how did Jack Jack save you?”
“He scared her off.”
“He scared who off?”
little girl that lives next door. She tried to climb in my window to
bite me, but Jack Jack barked at her and scared her off. He’s my lucky
was always calling the dog his lucky charm and in a way he was. A few
months earlier, Tyler had been playing with some friends at the park. He
wandered too close to the pond and fell in.Tyler couldn’t swim and
none of the other children knew what to do and there were no adults
close enough to see what had happened. Then suddenly this dog came
running out of the woods, dove into the water and pulled Tyler out. The
dog became an instant hero and Tyler had a new pet.
trying to tell me that Jack Jack scared off a vampire? You do realize werewolves are a vampires enemy, not a dog? Jack Jack may be
in serious need of a bath, but he is nowhere near pungent enough to be mistaken
for a werewolf.”
“But he did scare her off. If he hadn’t barked at her, she would have sunk her teeth into my neck and drank all of my blood.”
“Okay Tyler, that’s enough. I have too much to do tonight, I don't have time to listen to your stories.”
said, enough. Now get back to bed.” Lily pointed towards the stairs.
Reluctantly, Tyler turned and headed back to his room, followed by Jack
Jack, who growled his disapproval at the sitter. When Tyler reached the
steps, he turned and looked back at Lily, before heading up, dragging
his feet like a prisoner heading to the gallows.
he reached his room, Tyler turned on the light and looked under his
bed. Then he looked in his closet. The little vampire girl wasn’t there.
Once he was sure his room was safe, he shut the door, leaving it
cracked so that the light from the hall would filter in. Then he went to
his window and looked out. Looking back at him was the little girl. She
waved at him, smiling so that the moonlight flashed off of her teeth.
He could see her fangs clearly. Reaching out, he checked to be sure the
window was locked.
stood there and looked out the window for a little while, but sleep
took hold and he laid his head down on the sill. After he fell asleep,
Lily came in to check on him. Lifting him up, she carried the boy to his
bed and tucked him in, while Jack Jack kept an eye at the window.
Checking to see what he was watching, she saw a shadow fall across the
glass. Jack Jack growled, pressing his ears to the back of his head.
Outside, a little girl was floating. Sighing, Lily pushed Jack Jack to
the floor and opened the window.
“Emma, what are you doing?”
“I wanted to play with the little boy.”
you lost your head? If anyone found out there were vampires in town,
they would hunt us down like vermin. You know they think we’re all
“But I’m bored. I just wanted to play with him.”
“Well now he thinks you want to eat him.”
Emma giggled. Lily raised her eyebrow. “Go back home Emma.”
floated down to the ground and walked across the yard to her house.
Once she was out of sight, Lily turned towards Jack Jack, whose tale was
thumping on the floor. “Don’t be acting innocent, your highness,” Lily
said, her voice dripping with sarcasm. “Your job is to keep the boy
safe, not sit idly by while little girls float outside his window
and aliens try to abduct him.”