Grow Your Own Gargoyle

by Valerie Hardin
Illustrations by Carol Moore

Wendy clutched her Slime Sisters comic book. She saved her allowance to buy all kinds of things that were in the back of the comic. She had bought talking fish, dancing dolls, living pet rock, giant super heroes, and all kinds of other stuff.

She'd run to get the mail. "My giant super heroes are here." Wendy had opened it up, but they weren't as big as a child like in the ad. In small print were the words "not actual size."

All the other things she had sent for didn't work right either. The dolls didn't have batteries and broke after just two days. The living rock was not alive, and all the other toys and games she bought were lying twisted and broken in a heap on her bed.

She sat on the floor and frowned.

"Can I come in?" her Mom, Mrs. Delane, asked.

Wendy nodded. Mrs. Delane moved some of the junk away and sat down. She had a tiny package in her hand. "Maybe you shouldn't send for any more toys?" Mrs. Delane said, "but you have one more package."

Wendy took the package. It said "The Living Gargoyle Co."

"I forgot all about this," Wendy said. She opened the package and there were two very small gargoyles with pointy ears, and a small piece of paper.

Grow Your Own Gargoyle

  1. Put each gargoyle in a large bowl of water. (Don't put them in the same bowl; the gargoyles need space to grow.)
  2. Wait overnight and they will have grown more than twice their size.
  3. Dry them off with a towel.

P.S. Gargoyles are very cranky at first, so plan activities they will enjoy like picnics and tag. No, they can't fly.

"I might as well try. I think Stacy had a sponge toy like this and hers grew." Wendy smiled and removed the junk from her bed. "Mom, can you get me two bowls of water?"

"If you promise to clean your room." Her Mom said, and got her the bowls and tucked Wendy in.

Wendy went to sleep and dreamed the gargoyles grew as big as her house and were very mean looking.

She felt something wet on her ear and woke up. The gargoyles were on her bed.

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