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Part Two: Shadow Kids Strike Back



NINE




JimJim had been a Council Kid for a while. To be exact, it
had been five weeks. The time had passed quickly for JimJim. It didn’t feel
like it had been over a month but it had. The time had definitely flown by for
him.



Some good things were happening. He was getting much better
at concentrating and thought-zapping.



Whenever JimJim saw a kid who was doing some stuff that
would get a timeout, he concentrated. He thought-zapped. The kid stopped doing
whatever was about to get a timeout.



It was cool when it worked and it worked most of the time.
But for a few days, it hadn’t been working so well.



It was Thursday. Things changed about a week ago.



Things were going along just fine. JimJim was getting to
thought-zap every day. There were more chances some days and less other days.
JimJim was having a good time. He thought he was getting very good at
thought-zapping.



The day before things changed, JimJim only got to
thought-zap once the whole day. That was just dandy. No one in his class at
school got a timeout that day. There wasn’t even one timeout all day. The next
day, it changed.



JimJim wasn’t surprised. He was disappointed but not
surprised. TT wasn’t following the classroom rules. He was fooling around. He
was playing with his gadget again. He was going to get a timeout. JimJim saw
that it was going to happen.  That is
when things got strange.



JimJim started thought-zapping. He concentrated. He thought,
“Straighten up. Put your gadget away. Pay attention. Turn around and
listen to the teacher.”



It was just a regular thought-zap. JimJim expected TT to put
his gadget away. He expected him to straighten up and start paying attention.
That wasn’t what happened. It wasn’t even close to what happened.



TT glanced at JimJim and smiled. He was getting JimJim’s
thought-zap. It was working just like the other times. So far, so good.



JimJim was surprised. TT started playing again with his
gadget. He pushed some buttons. That was when it happened.



The purple shadow suddenly appeared. JimJim figured that it
would drop over TT but it didn’t. Instead, it popped between JimJim and TT. It
was very dark.  JimJim could barely see
TT. This was very strange but there was more.



A second purple shadow popped up on JimJim’s right side. A
third one popped up on his left side. JimJim looked behind himself.  There was another purple shadow back there.
He was surrounded. There was no way out. 
JimJim was caught in the Shadow Kids’ 
trap.



JimJim wasn’t sure what was happening. Was he afraid? Was he
going to scream for help? Would the purple shadows attack him? What was going
on here?



JimJim hung in there. He didn’t get scared. He didn’t yell
out for help. Instead, he concentrated. His thought-zap got stronger. He sent
all of his energy directly into the purple shadows.



He quickly looked from one shadow to the next. He kept
looking. He concentrated. He thought, “You can’t win. You can’t defeat me.
You can’t stop a Council Kid. You won’t succeed, no way, no how.”



JimJim gave it all he had. He concentrated. His powerful
thought-zap held back the purple shadows 
but his power was quickly slipping. How long would he last? It was using
up all of his energy. He was getting weaker. It was getting harder and harder
to hang in there. He was within a blink of giving up.



JimJim didn’t know how he could continue but he could never
quit. He could not give up. He was down to his last ounce of energy. He had to
hang in there. He had to do it for the Council.



At that very second, the purple shadows began to fade.
JimJim was finally winning. The  shadows
got lighter. JimJim could see through them. The purple shadows floated to the
corners of the room. JimJim wasn’t surrounded anymore. The purple shadows were
gone. It was like they were never there.



JimJim shook his head and looked around. What happened? Was
it really over? He was a little scared now. He could not believe it. It was all
way too weird.



JimJim calmed himself down. He took a big breath. He looked
at the teacher. He glanced at the other students.



At first, he didn’t see it but then he did. TT and two other
kids weren’t in the classroom anymore. Where did they go? They were just gone.
He thought, “Where did they go? What happened while I was battling the
Shadow Kids? It’s all way too weird.”





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