Jessie was hiding under a chair. A shadow was chasing her.
“The monster can’t crush me here,” she whispered.
“‘Yes I can.” He roared.
Jessie raced into the kitchen shivering.
“Come on Jessie let’s go to the park.” Granddad said. Bob, her dog, began to jump and bark.
“Wait till I put my coat on, Bob,” Jessie whispered looking around, searching for the monster. She didn’t want to be crushed. A tear rolled down her face. Bobs sloppy tongue licked it off making Jessie giggle.
Bob walked with Jessie close to Granddad and Granny.
In the park Granddad went to get ice cream. Granny sat in the sun.
Climbing into the playhouse, Jessie felt safe. Bob was sitting beside her so there was no room for a monster.
“Jessie are you ok?” Granny asked.
“Yes. It’s nice here, try it Granny!”
“I’d get stuck in the door. Then you and Granddad would leave me.”
Jessie peeped out. “Oh Granny, I’d never do that.”
Granny smiled, “You might not, but Granddad would”
Granddad walked up to them carrying icecreams. He said, “One for you, Granny, and one for me.” He scratched his head, ” Was someone else looking for an ice-cream?”
Jessie giggled. Climbing out of the pipe she said, “Me, Granddad.”
“Who is this me?”
Skipping over to him she said, “Jessie.”
Bob was drooling. Great lumps of blob were hanging from his mouth.
“Thank you Granddad. But Bob is sad,” Jessie said. She stuck her finger in her ice cream and Bob licked her finger.
“It’s ok Bob. I have one for you.” Pulling a tub of ice cream from his pocket Granddad placed it on the ground. Bob looked at Jessie.
“Eat it up Bob.” She said. He did.
Jessie noticed a shadow looming behind her.
“You are tiny. I could swallow you in one gulp,” the monster shouted. He was huge, blocking out the sun. Jessie began to shake.
Bob was barking. Granddad said, “Stop, Bob.”
Huffing and grunting Bob moved closer to Jessie. She bent down to him and sat with her hands about the dog’s fluffy neck.
Later that afternoon Granddad handed Jessie a packet of crayons. “I am going to draw fairies and pixies but not leprechaun’s. They frighten me.”
“But, you are not afraid of anything, even spiders.”
Granddad said, “Do you want to know a secret? I’m afraid of lots of things especially nasty leprechauns.”
“Why?” Jessie asked.
“They want to take me away but I have a secret weapon – it’s a magic circle locking them out.”
“What is it Granddad?”
Granddad said, “Love! Leprechauns don’t understand love because their world is nasty. They don’t have you, Granny and Bob to love them.”
Jessie thought about all the nice things the monster couldn’t understand.
Granddad showed Jessie his drawing.
She laughed. “You drew funny coloured shapes Granddad.”
“They are fairies sprinkling butterflies everywhere. What did you draw?”
“You, Granny, Mum, Dad, and lots and lots of Bobs,” she whispered.
“Who will we bring to the park next time?” Granddad asked.
Jessie smiled and said, “We will, Bob and me. But no monsters allowed!”