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Monsters Aren’t Actually That Scary

When you hear the word monster, what comes into your mind? What sort of information can you find on such an odd creature? Do you think of one with a long tail or one with a big red eye? Does it walk on all fours or would it prefer to fly? Or is it something completely different from what has been said? Instead, are they actually not that bad?

I think they aren’t. I know they aren’t. I know they’re good creatures because I actually got to meet one. Oh, do I have to introduce myself first before I tell you about my adventure? Actually, my mom taught me not to tell strangers my name so I think I’ll skip that part, so I guess it’s time for me to start. Story time!

Washington DC is the place for me— because it’s just so pretty. All these big statues and amazing places, beautiful buildings and cute faces, it’s just so mesmerising! Do I live here? Unfortunately not. My family and I along with a few friends came here for a vacation and to tour the area. However, I ran into one small problem— I’m lost. I somehow got lost and now I can’t find anyone. I looked around and walked a little, called for my mom or dad and asked a few people but to my luck, no one knew where they were. I didn’t even know where they were. I was 8 how am I supposed to find— oops, my mom also told me not to tell strangers how old I am so please pretend you didn’t hear that.

As I was scratching my head for what to do, I noticed a piece of paper on the floor. “That’s odd timing” I thought as I picked it up and read through what was written.

“Are you lost in DC? Well, you’re pretty lucky. I have just the thing for you. Find the items written here but do not fear, all is in good hands. Follow the map and as simple as a finger snap, you won’t be lost anymore.”

That’s pretty weird not going to lie, but I guess I don’t have anything to lose. This really feels like a treasure hunt though! I’ve never been on one so this should be fun. Now all that’s left is to make the most out of the situation I guess.

I began walking through the streets one foot after another and I felt like something was a bother. “Weird” I thought and ventured off but something was definitely off, like someone was watching me. I shrugged it off because I’m a cool person and just continued walking. I walked and walked and walked until I eventually found myself in some sort of park. I see people of all ages in all sorts of colourful shirts. One’s in red, one’s in blue, however I still didn’t have a clue on where I was. The details of the map are a little blurred out, and the one containing the name of this park is too. I see this big statue in the middle though, of someone riding a horse and right next to it is a bundle of eye-catching flowers. The map told me to find something long in the flower bushes. I love flowers so I automatically tried going near them. Once I was about a step away I vaguely saw something sway and saw a slight rustle in the bushes. “Weird” I thought of yet again. What sort of thing would be hiding in the bushes? But as I was about to go see for myself, I heard two girls talking.

“Have you seen that monument at Lafayette Square? It’s really cool!” One of them said as they both walked past me. Apparently I’m in a place called Lafayette Square, interesting. Oh yeah, the bushes. I looked into them and found nothing except dirt and rocks. I began inspecting each portion of the flower bushes but found nothing. Aren’t you supposed to find the items in a treasure hunt to actually win? I sighed and gave up after spending like 10 minutes in the area. As I was walking away to the next location, in the corner of my eye I saw what seems to be a long tail. I immediately turned to the direction of where I saw it but was met with nothing. It was probably just my imagination.

The next stop seems to be the White House. I’ve been here before with my family so it’s somewhat familiar to me. It’s where the president usually lives and does his job. Just like the name implies, it’s this big white house filled with various floors of different rooms, bathrooms, and even fireplaces. I learned last week that there are at least a hundred rooms in there which is pretty cool to think about.

Before I get more distracted than I already was, I check the map. It told me to find something sharp, and to check somewhere high. I automatically look to the top of the White House and of course just like the first area, there was nothing out of the ordinary there. Just a white ceiling and the American flag waving in the wind. I keep staring at the top of the building to— I don’t know, hopefully see something, but to my luck there was really nothing there. That’s what I thought at least. Similarly to what happened at the previous park, I think I saw something moving but I’m not that sure. At the edge of the ceiling I see what seems to be claws latching on. Of course, I was intrigued and thought maybe this was what I was supposed to find. Claws are pretty sharp, right? But once I got closer, it wasn’t there anymore. It just automatically vanished. Geez, today is definitely not my day that’s for sure. I sighed yet again and decided with a heavy heart and like 10 minutes of surveying the area that I would, just like last time, move on to the next area. I wonder if I’m going crazy? I guess I shouldn’t have played Minecraft until 2 AM in the morning.

I walked along until I arrived at the next destination, the US Department of Treasury where Alexander Hamilton’s statue resides. I heard you could watch money being made here, that sounds really cool! But of course I had to remind myself that I wasn’t here to watch money, I was here to find an even better treasure that I hopefully get to see this time— if I actually get to find it. This time I was looking for something shiny. Well, I’m at the treasury so it has to be money right? Coins are shiny aren’t they? The map told me to look through the statue to find the item. I looked at the front of the statue and to my surprise, I still couldn’t find anything shiny. Wow, this must be why I haven’t played treasure hunt before, I think I’m really bad at it!

As I finished looking through the front part of the area, I walked to look around the back when I suddenly collided with something. I fell flat on my behind and landed not so smoothly, might I add. When I opened my eyes, I was greeted by a shiny— belly? Before I could register in my confusion, I blinked my eyes once and it was suddenly gone. As if it wasn’t there in the first place. I’m not losing my mind, right? I definitely collided with something. I wouldn’t be on the floor if I didn’t. I look around at the people passing by and they seem oblivious to what happened or what had been here. Am I the only one weirded out by this?

Shaking my head, I got up and began inspecting the back of the Hamilton statue. And just like before, I didn’t see anything as well. I’m starting to think this isn’t a simple treasure hunt.

Once I was sure that nothing “shiny” was within the area, I was off yet again to the next location— the Washington Monument. I arrived a few minutes after and it was just amazing, such a beauty. The monument was huge and was adorned by a bunch of American flags all around it. The greenery looked all fresh and there was a huge body of water in front of everything. I’ve only seen this place in pictures so it’s so exciting to actually see it in person. Before getting lost in the attraction’s spectacular view, I was reminded of the reason why I was here, the treasure hunt. Scanning through the map I was tasked to look for something big and this time there were no hints on where it could possibly be. Without thinking much of it, I began scanning the area. Various families were passing by, taking pictures and just enjoying the scenery. I apparently had no time for that because I was on a mission, a mission to find treasure. I searched and searched every nook and cranny of the area but of course, I was unsuccessful yet again. I was about to give up when I saw something hanging on the actual monument. Like clinging to it. Clinging to the actual monument. I literally have no idea what it was but it looked to be a big— dinosaur like creature? This time though was a little different from the previous locations. This one I actually get to see. Is this what I’m supposed to be finding? This big thing?

Of course I was confused. I had all these questions in my head. What is it? Why is it hanging on top of the monument? Why is no one reacting to it? Can no one see it at all just hanging there? My head was starting to hurt a bit so I tried rubbing my eyes and when I looked back to the monument, it was back to normal. No hanging dinosaur-like creature there. Now I was even more confused. I knew there was something there, I actually SAW something there. Or did I?

With a heavy heart, I decided to move on to the next location— the Jefferson Memorial. This time I was supposed to be finding something fast. All I could think about were cheetahs, they’re fast right? Hopefully they aren’t at the memorial though. I think I wouldn’t be able to outrun a cheetah. A sloth though, I think I could. While thinking about various animals and how fast they could run, I eventually arrived at the next location. Now when you think of memorials, you think of sad things right? At least that’s how I see it. This though, all that came to mind was beautiful. It was a dome like building that was painted in white with the statue of Thomas Jefferson in the middle of it all. Four quotations were written on each corner of the dome, and among those quotations, lines from the Declaration of Independence can be seen as well. Now, what’s something fast? The memorial is pretty open so I could see most of it if I do a 360 around the whole thing.

I was about to give up yet again when I saw the same thing I saw during the last attraction. This weird creature was hiding behind one pillar and looking at me. I tried to come closer but it immediately shifted to the next pillar and when I tried to do it again, the same thing happened. At least I know that it’s fast. I wanted to show it that I meant no harm so I sat down on the floor of the monument, of course, earning a few weird stares from people passing by. I was equally weirded out on why they didn’t see this creature that I was seeing. I know the normal reaction would be to run for my life because the unknown is scary, but it didn’t feel like it would hurt me. In fact, it looked more scared of me than I was of it. Upon realising that I meant no harm it slowly stopped hiding, but before it could come near me, I heard a faint thud behind me. Two kids who seem to be five fell down and now they’re both crying. When I turned back to my front, the creature was gone, like it never even existed. I may be going crazy now. I shook my head and got up from the floor, dusted myself off and began walking again. Guess I’m off to the next location.

My next stop was the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and I was excited for this one because the monument also had Fala, the “first dog” during Roosevelt’s term. I also have a dog so I loved how they made a statue for one next to a president to show just how important the dog was to the owner. I read stories about Fala where he was a big deal to the people around him and apparently he was shaved a bit by a bunch of sailors because they wanted to give their little brothers some dog fur as a gift. Of course, that didn’t really sit well with Roosevelt but I can’t really blame him. If I was Roosevelt I would be equally angry.

I finally made it to the memorial and now I was tasked to look for something fluffy. Fala was fluffy, well the real Fala so I’m guessing I’m not really supposed to consider that as the treasure. I needed to find something else that was fluffy. Of course, that weird creature thing came to mind because he looked really fluffy, but what are the odds that I see him here right?

Apparently really lucky because out of the corner of my eye, I see him petting Fala. Of course, I don’t know how to react to that. I mean, who would? I was frozen for a solid 10 seconds until the creature and I made eye contact. He tilted his head a bit and I sorta followed after. He tilts his head to the other side and I do too. After a bit of head tilting, I slowly approach him only to see him scurry away. I wouldn’t even describe it like that. It seemed like in an instant, he just disappeared. I’m even more confused now but I think I realised something. I sort of get this treasure hunt now.

I think I’m supposed to find this creature.

It all makes sense now. The long tail, the sharp claws, shiny belly, big figure, fast movements and even the fluffy exterior, this greatly described everything about the creature I keep seeing.

After realising that, I hurriedly made my way around the next few attractions. I ran to the next stop which was the Martin Luther King monument, a jaw-dropping statue of a great man who although didn’t run for president, still made amazing contributions to the American Civil Rights Movement. This was also one of the first monuments for a person of color.

I was tasked to find something soft here and of course, with the creature being fluffy, I automatically knew that I was looking for it. I zoomed past the attraction and immediately saw the soft fluffy creature who began running away once it saw me. That didn’t stop me though because I chased after it. Surprisingly, I could catch up to it meaning it’s still within my sight. It had been disappearing instantly so I thought the same thing would happen again, but it didn’t. We made it to Lincoln Memorial where I was tasked to find something pink. Now that I can actually take a longer look at the creature, I noticed that it was in fact, pink. Why no one is being weirded out by a fluffy pink dinosaur-like creature being chased by someone still confuses me but I ignored all that and continued running after it. Before exiting the Lincoln Memorial, I passed by the area where they misspelled future with an e instead of an f. You really could see it if you looked hard enough.

Somehow with all this running, I made it to the Einstein Memorial which was really cute because the statue reminded me of my grandpa. It had Einstein holding a piece of paper with his math equations written on them. Okay, he was starting to feel less like my grandpa now.

Looking at the map for a bit, I was supposed to find something pretty here and I think the weird looking creature was really pretty so I continued to chase after it. I wanted to shout for it to stop but it was too far away for me to do so. Besides, I didn’t know if he could understand english.

I ran and ran and ran until I finally was able to catch up to him. In a panic, I jumped on him and we both fell in the water that was coincidentally right in front of us. I noticed that we made it to the Constitution Gardens, the last place on this map. I read before that this is the memorial of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. Before I got distracted even more, I looked to the creature that was in front of me which was surprisingly still here. I checked the soggy map in my hands which was fortunately still readable and the last item I had to find was—

A “friend”.

“Hi.” I said as I awkwardly reached out my hand to the creature. I think this isn’t how to make friends exactly but I was in a lake with an unknown creature so what do I know about making friends. Now that I got to look at him clearly, I saw how pretty he was. He looked about 6 ft with a dinosaur’s body. He was covered in pink fur which was now soggy from the lake and he had these sharp claws on his paws. He also had this long fluffy tail sitting perfectly on his body. If I had a word to use to describe him, I would have automatically said monster. But somehow, he didn’t feel like a monster. He had no dangerous vibes to him and he looked more scared than he was scary.

The creature looked at my still stretched out hand weirdly and didn’t try to grab it at all. He seemed like he didn’t know how to respond.

“Want to be friends?” I said as I continued to stretch my hand out in hopes that he would somehow take it. He didn’t, instead, he nuzzled his head on my hand and began softly rubbing itself on it. It was really soft and cool, just like petting a dog. This was the strangest day of my life.

While I was petting the weird creature, I was reminded that I was still lost and my family and friends are probably worried by now so I tried to get up from the lake.

And that’s when I woke up.

“Jeremy darling, it’s time to wake up. The trip to Washington DC is in a few hours from now, you need to get ready.” I heard my mom telling me as I looked to my bedroom door which she just opened. A dream. It was just a dream. Just a weird dream.

Honestly, I had been scared of monsters ever since I was little. I’ve had nightmares about them hunting me down and taking me to unknown places and I would always wake up in a cold sweat afterwards. I don’t know when it started, but I kept getting scared to the point that I was scared to be alone. Everything just felt scary.

Until this weird dream I had about this pink “monster”. It’s the first ever dream about a monster that I actually liked and wasn’t scared of.

When you hear the word monster, what comes into your mind? What sort of information can you find on such an odd creature? Do you think of one with a long tail or one with a big red eye? Does it walk on all fours or would it prefer to fly? Or is it something completely different from what has been said? Instead, are they actually not that bad?

I think they aren’t. I now know they aren’t. For the first time I thought that—

Monsters aren’t actually that scary.

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