JimJim was getting more and more worried. It had been over
two weeks since PosterGuy’s last visit. Things at school were getting worse,
much worse.




TT was still smiling and playing with his gadget. The other
two Shadow Kids were definitely bullies and trouble makers. Kids kept getting
timeouts.




Even the Teacher’s pet got a couple of timeouts. JimJim
couldn’t believe it. The Teacher’s little darling got a timeout. He couldn’t
figure out what was going on.




JimJim and SueSue were very busy. They didn’t talk about
PosterGuy. They didn’t talk about the other Council Kids. They didn’t talk
about what was going on at Council Headquarters.




They were both worried. They didn’t talk about it.




It was Saturday morning. JimJim was hanging around in the
back yard. He was still worried about stuff but didn’t know what to do. He
thought, “This is all very strange. PosterGuy has disappeared. Poof. He is
gone. I don’t see him anymore.




“The other Council Kids are probably still hanging
around in the Great Council Hall. They probably think everything is just dandy.




“SueSue is too busy to worry about stuff. She probably
thinks everything is just dandy too. Everyone figures nothing important is
going on.”




JimJim kicked the ground. He took a big breath. He thought,
“It’s just my imagination. They are right. Everything is dandy.




“Sure, there are a lot of timeouts. Sure, the Shadow
Kids are definitely trouble makers. Sure, TT is smiling and enjoying himself.
Sure, PosterGuy is gone.




“It’s not my problem. It’s not my job to be the only
one who worries about this stuff. What can I do about it? I don’t know what to
do.”




“We need to talk.”




JimJim felt a big shiver. He was startled. He had thought he
was the only one in the backyard. The voice surprised him.




It was SueSue. She was behind JimJim. He turned around and
stared. She wasn’t smiling. She looked serious. JimJim said, “You startled
me. I’m surprised to see you out here. What is up?”




SueSue pointed to the step to the back porch. They walked
over and sat on the step. She took a while before she started talking.




“I’m worried. I don’t know what to do.”




JimJim waited. He wondered what SueSue was thinking. She
said, “I’m worried about PosterGuy. I’m worried about the other Council
Kids too.”




JimJim and SueSue just sat there for a long time. They were
thinking. They thought some more. JimJim said, “I’m worried too. I’m very
worried.”




SueSue said, “I don’t know what is going on. I don’t
know how things are in your classroom. In mine, it’s very bad. The trouble
makers are getting worse. Even the good kids are getting timeouts.




“I haven’t seen any purple shadows or any of that
stuff. I’m not talking about that kind of stuff. It’s just regular getting into
trouble stuff but there is a lot more of it lately.”




JimJim said, “I know what you mean. That’s the way it
is in my classroom too. It’s bad and getting worse. I don’t know what to do.




“TT is happy about it. He just keeps smiling. The other
two Shadow Kids are having a good time too. They are doing their bullying and
trouble making stuff. No one stops them. They just do whatever they want to do.
It’s weird. It’s like no one cares.”




SueSue spoke quietly. She said, “You are the head
timeout stopper. It’s your job. Have you been thought-zapping? Have you been
trying to stop all of those timeouts?”




JimJim didn’t want to tell her. He didn’t want to answer her
questions. He looked around. He took a big breath. He finally said, “No. I
haven’t been thought-zapping.”




JimJim took another big breath. He said, “I wish I
didn’t have to tell you. I don’t want anyone to know. You need the truth.




“I’m afraid. The purple shadows scare me. I’m okay
until the bad stuff starts up. It’s worse since what happened in the Great
Council Hall.




“I’m kind of scared of TT too. I’m still worried. I’m
scared but it’s not right.




“I have to do something. Being scared isn’t a good
excuse. It’s my responsibility. I need to do something but don’t know what to
do.”