Son of Starlord: Patience.

WyldClaw: Indeed

I am a burglar: Uh-huh.

Sorry for the delay. Got caught up in other matters.

We were rushing towards the cabin as fast as we could. We had to get there before the Mud Monsters reached the cabin or else all the children would be doomed. But even if we did get there first, I had no idea what we were going to do to save them.

As we neared the cabin, the sound of panicked shrieking filled our ears. "Oh no!" Molly shouted in horror as she recognized the voices of the kids in the cabin. "We're too late!"

"No we're not!" Kevin snapped, pointing a finger at Molly. "Come on!" He waved for us to continue and charged towards the cabin. Despite brief hesitation, we obeyed.

Running out the woods, we saw the cabin in sight. To our horror, there was a Mud Monster at the cabin entrance, and in his grip, was an utterly terrified Mary.

"Help me!" She cried as the Mud Monster lifted her up into the air. "Let go of me!" She pounded on the Mud Monster's arms, but it did little damage. It only seemed to irritate the monster further, as it opened its gaping mouth and growled into her face.

I saw Courtney recoil in horror. Before I could think of anything, Kevin, Vic and Gregory rushed forward. Kevin and Vic tackled the Mud Monster, forcing it to release Mary, who was then scooped up by Gregory and rushed into the cabin.

While the Mud Monster was currently being subdued by Kevin and Vic, I could just barely see the silhouette of more of them nearing the woods. "Come on, you guys!" I told the others, mirroring my older brother.

My friends raced towards the cabin door as fast as they could. I followed, but stopped when I saw Courtney standing still, petrified with fear. "Courtney, come on!" I shouted, grabbing her by the wrist and violently dragging her towards the cabin.

As soon as Courtney and I were through the cabin door, Kevin and Vic released the Mud Monster and followed suite. They could see the rest of the Mud Monsters approaching the cabin.

"Come on, come on, get in!" One of the kids, dressed as a mummy, urged the two teens in. The moment they were inside, we slammed the door shut and locked it.

By now, several kids were in the living room, in shock at what they had just seen. "What was that?!" Paul shouted incredulously.

"You know exactly what that was!" Kevin snapped at him. "Now help us keep 'em out!"

Hat turned to a few kids on the left. "You guys!" He said, pointing a finger at them. "Barricade all entrances!"

The kids looked terrified, but they obeyed. Quickly, they took whatever pieces of furniture they could find and stashed them in front of the doors and windows to keep the Mud Monsters from entering.

Mary sat in the center of the room, covered in mud. "Ew," She groaned, hugging herself tightly. "I need a bath!"

"What we need is to keep from getting killed!" I said. No sooner had the words left my mouth that I heard the sound of windows being smashed. Whipping my head around, I saw a Mud Monster punching through one of the windows.

Quickly, Kevin elbowed the monster in the face, knocking it back outside. "Block this window!" He ordered the younger kids. Quickly, they stacked some dressers against the windows to keep the monsters from entering.

I peaked through the barricades. Outside, I could see several Mud Monsters encircling the cabin, watching us with their black, lifeless eyes.

"What are we gonna do?" Charlene asked me.

Gulping, I stuttered, "G-Get everyone upstairs. We'll discuss things there."

As everyone crowded up the stairs, I took one last look outside.

From the looks of it, we wouldn't be leaving this cabin for a while.

"What's going on?" Paul asked in a panic once we were all upstairs.

"Don't ask questions you already know the answer to!" Kevin snapped. "What's going on is that we're trapped in this cabin with mud-covered zombies swarming the forest that will kill us if they get their hands on us. What you should be asking is how we're going to get out of it."

"How about we ask Courtney?" Devin pointed out. "She's dealt with those creatures before, I'm sure she can do it again!"

"Yeah," Mary agreed. Turning to Courtney, she asked, "Courtney, how do we beat them?"

Immediately, Courtney shrunk down as everyone turned to her with hopeful expressions. Sweat dripped from her forehead, and she half-covered her face with her hands and looked down.

"Come on, Courtney," Paul said. "Tell us what to do."

"Well I, you see. . ." Courtney said, stumbling on her words. "The thing is-"

I couldn't believe this was the same fearless person who had been outwitting me and my friends for years. With the state she was in now, I couldn't help but pity her.

Molly stood up and stepped in front of Courtney. "Courtney can't help us anymore than either of us can," She told the other kids. "We need to think of a way to get out of this ourselves."

The hopeful looks on our classmates' faces were replaced with pessimistic despair at the realization that their "hero" wouldn't be able to save them. They sunk to the floor, miserable.

"Come on, you guys," Kevin said. "Those barricades won't hold those Mud Monsters forever! We have to think up a way to escape!"

"I have a phone," One girl, Lucy, pointed out. "I can call the police!"

"Can you call our parents?" Charlene asked.

"Uh, that's gonna be a lot of phone calls. . ."

"Who cares?" Kevin asked, clearly stressed. "Just call someone!"

Quickly, Lucy dialed the police. "Um, officers, my name is Lucy Dark," She said once she got an answer. "Uh, we have a situation here. . ."

As the kids attended to trying to call for help, I walked over to the window and peered out. Below, I could see the Mud Monsters, still encircling the cabin, but making no attempts to enter. They peered up at the window to stare at me, causing me to recoil.

I knew, right then, that no matter what, we had to escape.

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