Ethan put down his phone and sighed. He really wanted to go look for the haunted scarecrow, but It had been weeks since anyone had even said a word about it!
Maybe I should just give up and forget the whole thing. He thought.
Then Ethan looked up at the Star Wars posters on his wall, and started to think. If the Rebels were faced with a big challenge, would They give up? Thought Ethan.
No. They would keep on going. Ethan decided. He slipped off of the bed and started to walk out of the room, but stopped.
But, what if I get in trouble again? He thought.
But than he smiled to himself.
Well, at least if I Do lose this battle, unlike the Rebels, there won’t be dire coseqices! Ethan thought.
He walked out of the room and closed the door. Than he turned around and saw Linda right in front of him.
“Oh, Linda! Um, hi, what are you doing?” asked Ethan.
“Oh, I don’t know, probably the exact same thing that you’re doing,” Linda said grinning.
“Which would be?” Ethan asked.
“Looking for the haunted scarecrow of course!” said Linda.
Ethan grinned. “Well, then why don’t we start by looking in the garage first since that was where we last saw it?”
“Ok!” Linda said.
Once they got down the stairs, they crept quietly towards the mudroom door. (If you are wondering what the mudroom is, it is the room next to the garage where we keep all of our shoes and coats.) Right before they opened the door, Linda stopped.
“Hang on,” said Linda.
“What’s wrong?” asked Ethan.
“I think I hear something,” Linda answered.
“I don’t hear anything-
Ethan paused for a second and leaned his head toward the door.
Is that, voices? thought Ethan. He leaned in closer
“I can’t believe that they-even Tenny is starting to-do you think that they suspect you yet? -no one has seen the-yet-I think that we’ll be safe until tomorrow-shhhhhh! Get behind the-“
Ethan and Linda looked at each other. They nodded at each other and opened the door.
“Lea? What are you doing in here?” asked Linda.
“Oh, um, hi guys! I was just looking for my, um, coat!” Lea said nervously.
Ethan frowned. “Lea, your coat is upstairs.”
“And who were you talking to any way?” asked Linda.
“Oh, uh I wasn’t talking to anyone-
“SCARECROW!!!!!” screamed Ethan.
“Ethan wait!” Lea yelled.
But (of course) Ethan did not wait. He ran towards the scarecrow, and pushed it on the floor. When he looked back up, his jawed dropped.
Right there in front of him was a girl with super curly blond hair that looked about the same age as Linda.
Lea and the girl than looked at each other and burst out laughing. “Gotcha!” they both said.
Ethan and Linda looked at each other confused. Than it dawned on them.
“So, You were the scarecrow?” Ethan asked the girl.
“Yes, it was me. Oh, and my name is Courtney by the way! I’m your new family member.” Courtney said laughing.
Linda and Ethan glared at Lea.
“You knew about this, and you didn’t tell us?!” asked Linda.
Lea smiled sheepishly. “First let’s go upstairs, then me and Courtney will tell you everything.”
So, anyways long story short, Lea had been looking on Mom’s computer and saw an email pop up about Courtney arriving that day. When Lea asked about it, Mom had told Lea not to say anything to the others, because it was going to be a surprize on Thanks Giving. After Courtney arrived, she and Lea had started secretly meeting in the mudroom every day.
Lea ended up learning that Courtney loved to play pranks on people, and Lea had been wanting to get back at Ethan for a prank that he had recently played on her.
So as you can imagine, Lea told Courtney about the haunted scarecrow story and Courtney came up with the idea of going around pretending to be the scarecrow using an old scarecrow decoration that Grandma was going to throw away.
“So that’s the scarecrow that we were scared of?” asked Ethan.
“Yep,” said Lea.
“Sooooo, I guess that means that the haunted scarecrow story isn’t real then huh?” asked Ethan.
“Yep, it was all just a big prank that me and Courtney came up with!” Lea said.
“Speaking of Courtney, where is she?” asked Linda.
“I’m back!” Courtney said as she raced into the living room carrying the scarecrow. “And I brought Susie!”
“Susie?!” everyone else said at once.
“Yep! Susie! That’s what I named that scarecrow!” Courtney said smiling. “I think she looks like a Susie. Don’t you?”
“Hey, yeah! I guess she does! I still can’t believe that we were scared of this thing! She doesn’t look scary at all huh Ethan?” said Linda.
“Yeah,” Ethan said, still slightly embarrassed that he had been scared of a porch decoration.
“Well, now that the prank is over, what should we do with her?” asked Lea.
“Throw her away I guess,” Courtney said sadly. “I mean, it’s not like we’re going to use her again or anything.”
“Well, I’m just glad that this whole thing is over with,” said Ethan. “But I’ll probably still have nightmares about evil sith lord scarecrows attacking me tonight.”
Lea and Courtney burst out laughing. Linda however, just stood there with a confused look on her face. (Linda has never watched Star Wars before).
“Hang on a minute,” said Linda. “I know that Thanks Giving is tomorrow but, won’t Mom be mad that we all found out about Courtney before she told us?”
“Oh, I’m sure that she won’t be Too upset,” said Lea. “And besides, Tenny hasn’t found out yet! And I know the perfect way to let her know…………..”
“I still can’t believe that I burnt the turkey again! For the Third year in a row!” Tenny complained as she sat down.
“Well at least it didn’t catch fire like it did last year,” Ethan whispered to Lea.
“What’s so funny?” asked Tenny.
“Nothing,” Lea said giggling.
Tenny raised her eyebrows and shrugged.
“Well, I guess we’ll say thanks, and than eat,” said Tenny.
“Wait Tenny, before we do that, we all have a surprize for you!” said Linda.
“You do?” Tenny asked surprized.
“Yep! Under that box!” Lea said pointing to it.
Tenny got up and walked over to it. She stared at it for a second and then turned around.
“Courtney’s under that box isn’t she?” asked Tenny.
“Courtney? Uhhhh, who’s Courtney?” asked Linda nervously.
Tenny rolled her eyes and lifted up the box. Courtney quickly rolled out from under it.
“Boo!” Courtney yelled, but to her disappointment, Tenny didn’t look surprised at all.
“You knew?!” asked Lea.
“Yep,” Tenny said grinning.
“But, how?!” asked Lea.
“Did you really think that you fooled me into thinking that you were going to the bookstore every single day at exactly 3:00 for a whole month?” Tenny asked.
“Well, I guess I should’ve thought about changing up the time and story every once in a while, but I didn’t think that you would find out!” said Lea.
“Well, now that everyone’s met Courtney, let’s eat!” exclaimed Ethan.
“How about an oreo?” asked Courtney, offering it to Ethan.
Ethan stared at it for a minenit.
“There’s toothpaste in that thing, isn’t there? asked Ethan.
“No, why?” Courtney asked.
Ethan stared at it again and shrugged. He took a bite of it, and immediately spit it out.
“COURTNEY!!!!!!!” Ethan yelled.
“Hahaha, gotya!” Courtney exclaimed, as she raced out of the room.
“Hey, come back here!” Ethan yelled, as he raced after her.
Lea rolled her eyes and smiled. Something told her that having Courtney around was going to be a lot of fun.
Sooooooo, what did you all think? I am so glad that I am finally done with this story, and am also glad that Courtney has finally been revealed to you all! She will definitely be in a lot more post soon!
I hope that you all enjoyed this photostorie!