TITLE: How Ty and I Saved the World
GENRE: MG Sci Fi caper
I set the colander on my head and adjusted it so that I could glare at Ty. This whole idea was his and it was just plain stupid.
“That’s good.” Ty stood back to admire the tin foil “antennas” he’d added to the colander’s legs.
“Define good.” I peered at myself in the mirror. I looked like you could plug me in and blow out half of Spokane.
“Quit being negative, Reggie,” Ty said. “This is going to work.”
Colander, green wig, matching face paint. Ty had mined the Halloween closet as well as the kitchen to come up with this getup. I’d lost the toss, of course, so I had to wear it. I looked weird. We were supposedly going for alien. I cocked an eyebrow at him. “Really?”
“Seriously, dude,” Ty said, “you look awesome.”
My cousin Ty is like that. He gets caught up with stuff. Then he keeps on until I get caught up, too. You want to know, most of the trouble I’ve gotten into in the past eleven-plus years has been thanks to him. So this dare wouldn’t even have made our Top Ten Crazy Dares list. Not then, anyway.
Like a lot of our stunts, it started with an argument.
“Wouldn’t it be awesome to meet a real alien?” Ty had asked. We were three weeks into summer vacation, and I was pretty sure he’d been watching way too much of the SyFy Channel. He has cable at his house.