The Council Kid trio felt happy. They were back together
again. They were ready to work on the Council’s mission. It was time to get back
to keeping kids from getting into trouble. That was the Council’s mission. It
was the Council trio’s mission too. Shadow Kids BEWARE.




JimJim said, “We need a strategy. We definitely need a
cool strategy and I have one for us.”




JimJim walked as he talked. “TT and the other Shadow
Kids are definitely bullies and  trouble
makers. They are very good at it. They say stuff. They do stuff. Zip Zap, kids
start getting into trouble. Do we agree about that?”




PosterGuy and SueSue nodded. SueSue said, “You are definitely
right about that.”




JimJim said, “The Council Kids try to stop the Shadow
Kids’ trouble making. We try to keep kids from getting into trouble. That’s our
mission.”




JimJim stopped to stare out the window. He turned and looked
at PosterGuy and SueSue. He could see that he had their attention.




JimJim said, “We try to stop the trouble making but the
Shadow Kids stop us. We concentrate. We use our powers. I do some
thought-zapping. TT pushes some buttons on his gadget. Purple shadows pop up.
We get scared. We stop concentrating on our mission. I stop thought-zapping.
The Shadow Kids do more trouble making. Council Kids lose. Shadow Kids win. How
am I doing so far? Is that what is happening?”




PosterGuy said, “You have it right.”




SueSue nodded. She said, “That’s a thumbs up from me
too. That’s exactly what is going on. What do we do about it? What is our new
strategy?”




JimJim said, “Here is another part of this puzzle. TT
is eavesdropping on us. He listens in on our conversations. He uses his little
gadgets to spy on us. There is one in my room. There may be a little gadget
hiding anywhere we are. We never know. We need a new strategy.




JimJim sat on the edge of SueSue’s bed. He took a big breath
and cleared his throat. He said, “We need a strategy that works even if TT
is spying on us. We need a strategy that works even if we do get scared. We
need a strategy that stops all of that trouble making. The Council Kids have to
defeat the Shadow Kids. We definitely need a cool strategy and here it
is.”




JimJim took one more big breath. He said, “First, we
stop being scared. I have figured something out. The purple shadows can only
capture us if we are afraid. It’s the only time it happens.




“When the purple shadow captured PosterGuy in the Great
Council Hall, he just concentrated. He popped away from it and nothing bad
happened. After the purple shadows disappeared from over the other Council
Kids, nothing bad happened. They attacked me at school but they didn’t win.
Purple shadows only work if we are scared of them.”




PosterGuy and SueSue looked surprised. They thought about
what JimJim was saying. “Is he right? Do purple shadows only work if we
are scared of them?” They thought some more. “Yes, he is right.
That’s definitely what is going on with the purple shadows. At least he might
be right. Maybe he is right.”




JimJim had an experiment he wanted to try. The Council trio
went back to JimJim’s room. When they got there, JimJim wrote a note on the
tablet laying on his desk. He pointed at the note and SueSue and PosterGuy read
the note. It said, “This is an experiment. I’m going to try to get a
purple shadow to appear. Don’t be afraid. We will see if I’m right about this
stuff. Wish me luck. Here it goes.”




JimJim started yelling. He waved his arms. He walked around.
He said, “I have taken all I’m going to take of this. I’m tired of being a
good kid. I don’t want to be a Council Kid any more. SueSue, you and PosterGuy
get out of my room. Get out right now. The Shadow Kids are right. Getting into
trouble is cool. TT really is a genius. He is the greatest.”




JimJim kept yelling. He kept walking. He got madder and
madder. The top of TT’s little gadget on the shelf started glowing. A purple
shadow creeped out of the side of the little gadget. It got bigger and darker. It
floated over JimJim. It dropped down over his head.




SueSue and PosterGuy stared. They couldn’t believe what they
were seeing. The purple shadow was going to capture JimJim.




JimJim made himself relax. He took a few deep breaths. He
concentrated. He smiled and thought, “Purple shadow, go away. You can’t
hurt me today. I’m not afraid of you or those Shadow Kids. You can’t capture
me. I’m a Council Kid. You can’t defeat us today. Goodbye. Have a totally
terrific day.”




Poof. The purple shadow disappeared.