Still a few stories to revise, but I think they’re getting shorter…
“Don’t worry, Maya, there are no monsters under your bed,” her mother said as she tucked Maya into bed. “Even if there were, Teddy will keep you safe,” she handed Maya her Teddy bear.
“Thank you, mommy,” Maya smiled up at her as she hugged him.
“Goodnight, honey,” her mom kissed her on the forehead. She turned off the lights and closed the door, dropping Maya into darkness.
Soon after she fell asleep, a gurgling sound came from under her bed. “You again!” Teddy slipped out of Maya’s grasp, careful not to wake her. “I won’t let you hurt her,” he jumped onto the side table to grab his wooden sword before hopping to the ground and dashing under the bed.
Glowing red eyes peered at Teddy before creeping forward on all fours, fangs bared. “You!” it hissed and lunged at Teddy, swinging its claws at him. Teddy sidestepped, but one of its claws cut his side.
“Go back to where you came from!” Ignoring the pain, Teddy thrust his sword into the creature and forced the sword out the side, slicing through it. The creature gurgled, black gunk coming out of its mouth as it dropped to the ground. It faded away, leaving only a dark stain.
Noticing the cold from Teddy’s absence, Maya woke up and panicked, as he wasn’t on the bed. Teddy threw his sword off to the side and slid out from under the bed. “Teddy?” Maya sat up and searched the floor. “How did you get over there?” Maya reached down and picked him up. “Teddy, you’re injured!” Maya carefully pushed the stuffing back into him and hugged him, “I’ll fix you up in the morning.” She pulled the covers back up, over her and Teddy, and quickly drifted back to sleep.