On The Moon
was grounded -- on Halloween! It was one of those days when
everything went wrong. And then, when Freddy accidentally
spilled paint all over his sister's costume, his mother sent
him to his room for the night -- no trick-or-treating for
Freddy was sitting on the bed in his spacesuit costume when
there was a tapping on the window. Freddy looked up. A witch
on a broomstick was tapping at the pane. The window flew open.
Hecate Fitch, the space age witch," she announced. "I just
stopped by to see if you'd like to come to a Halloween party
with me -- on the Moon!"
yelled Freddy. "How could we get there?" "On my broom, of
course," said the witch, patting the broom handle. "It's the
latest jet-propelled model."
Freddy shouted, and he began to climb out of the window. Halfway
out he stopped. "How will we breathe?" he asked. "There's
no air on the Moon."
don't need air," Hecate laughed. "And you have a spacesuit."
Freddy climbed onto the broomstick and put his arms around
Hecate's waist. "Hey, wait," he called. "My spacesuit isn't
worry!" said Hecate, and with a whoosh the broom took off.
There was a loud meow from under Hecate's cloak. Two bright
yellow eyes gleamed out at Freddy.
darn cat!" exclaimed Hecate. "He never could get used to the
acceleration." Quiet down now, Moonbeam!" Freddy reached out
to pat the cat.
With a jerk the broom jetted upward and picked up speed. The
sparkling lights of the city below quickly faded to a tiny
pinpoint of light. The Moon above was getting larger and brighter
each minute. "Hey!" Freddy exclaimed. "My spacesuit is working!"
They were flying down toward the Moon now. Freddy could see
the mountains and craters. And high in the sky above them
was the earth.
your seat belt," Hecate called. "We're coming in for a landing."
Freddy had just opened his mouth to ask "what seat belt?"
when Moonbeam's long black furry tail suddenly whipped out
and wrapped tightly around him.
they went. The broom's jets brought them to a soft landing
at the edge of a large crater. There were dozens of brooms
already parked. In the center of the crater a crowd was gathered
around a fire.
Freddy took his first step on the Moon and bounced six feet
into the air. "Say, this in great!" he shouted.
In five bounds they reached the group by the fire. "Here I
am, girls," Hecate cackled, "and I've brought a guest."
cautioned one of the witches. "We're just starting the conjuring
contest." At the center of the group, a witch with a very
long neck was just beginning a spell.
Suddenly the rocks and craters disappeared. They were surrounded
by a rolling green meadow. Nearby some deer were drinking
at the edge of a pond.
'What a spell," Freddy gapped. "It's just like Earth. I wonder
how far it goes. Does it cover the whole Moon?" He climbed
up a tree to look around. Greenness stretched out as far as
he could see. Down below, Moonbeam was meowing up at him and
twitching his long black tail.
wonder what Moonbeam is trying to tell me," Freddy thought.
Just then everything turned black, and the tree disappeared.
Freddy came tumbling down. It was lucky the moon has weaker
gravity. He landed as lightly as a feather.
Back at the fire, the next witch was beginning her spell.
As she chanted, she threw a handful of pebbles down on the
ground. The pebbles disappeared.
deal," thought Freddy. "What's so great about that spell?"
Then everything disappeared. The Moon and the stars were gone.
Freddy was floating in black and empty space. "Help!" he shouted.
A black furry tail wrapped around him. He hugged Moonbeam
close to him, and soon the spell ended.
at the fire, another witch began her spell. She took out a
handful of pencils from her pocket and threw them on the ground,
chanting over then. Suddenly the pencils began to wiggle and
grow. They were changing into scary monster shapes. "Don't
worry, Moonbeam," Freddy whispered.
Just then the witch looked up. She shrieked and backed away.
Then she tripped and fell, striking her head on a rock. She
lay still. And now the monsters were out of control!
Witches scattered in all directions. But as Freddy tried to
follow them. a monster seized him in one of its hairy legs.
It carried the struggling boy off into the shadows, and the
other monsters followed.
The witches clustered around the unconscious witch. Only she
knew how to end the spell and make the monsters disappear.
But when she sat up dizzily, she couldn't remember it.
worry," said Hecate. Reaching under her cloak, she pulled
out a pocket computer. Quickly she punched in the beginning
of the witch's chant and set the computer to run at super
speed. There was a whirring and clicking, with red lights
flashing on and off. Then a tape popped out.
Hecate exclaimed. Printed on the tape was the rest of the
spell. Hecate quickly read it off, as loudly as she could.
Deep in a crevice at the edge of another crater, Freddy saw
the monsters suddenly disappear. He was safe. But where was
he? There was no sign of the witches or their camp. Freddy
was lost on the Moon.
Up above he saw the Earth, hanging large and blue in the night
sky. He tried to pick out just where his house might be. "Will
I ever get home again?" he thought.
Just then he felt a furry tail wrap about him, and Moonbeam's
bright yellow eyes glowed up at him. The cat led Freddy back
to the witches' camp. It was time to go home now. For they
had to be back to Earth before sunrise.
Hecate Fitch jetted right down to Freddy's window. As he climbed
off the broom, he shook hands with Hecate and hugged the cat
goodbye. "That was the best Halloween I ever had!" he exclaimed.
"I'll always remember you and Moonbeam." The cat gave him
a peculiar smile.
It seemed that Freddy was hardly back in bed when his alarm
clock rang. He opened his eyes. He was still in his spacesuit.
As he sat up, he noticed something black and furry at the
foot of the bed. Two bright yellow eyes gleamed at him.
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