31 Days, Day 3: WHAT JUST HAPPENED – Chapters 1-5

[Editor’s Note: One of the things we’re featuring this year as part of 31 Days of Halloween is a short book that Cash, my son, begn writing in a notebook last month. He wanted to share it and, together, we decided to do it in 3 parts, one part each week for the first 3 weeks of October. We hope you enjoy What Just Happened, including illustrations that Cash did with his friend Ethan, on the bus rides to and from school.]

Chapter 1

What just happened to me and the world? Is it the future? I ask someone the date…

“November 21, 2488,” they said.

This is weird and strange. Things like a dark sky, no birds, and I heard hundreds of people screaming so loud.

Then I saw a man and I asked him, “What is happening now?”

He said, “Aliens are taking over the world!”

I said this over and over again, in my mind. “What am I going to do?” I thought this couldn’t get worse… but I was wrong.`

Chapter 2

Sorry, that was not the real beginning. This is the begining. My name is Cash H. Harlan. Some strange things have been happening to me for some reason. I know it’s a bad reason. Like I mean, bad bad… like SUPER BAD! You get it. Really bad things have been happening to me for a weird reason. I think I was born with time travel powers! It is cool, but bad. I feel like I am the guy from Back to the Future, but not.

Chapter 2 1/2

My powers are so weird and strange and stuff! I always feel strange when I travel. It’s really weird. When I touch things it makes me travel to the past, present, and future. It’s hard to explain.

Chapter 3 1/2: The Travel

Good night!

Chapter 3 2/3: The Travel

The next day I went to the library. I wanted two alien books. Here you must remember that when I touch something, sometimes I travel there. I was just about to touch an alien book when I saw a book about the future! I touched it but nothing happened.

“That was strange,” I though.

Then, I traveled.

Chapter 4: Back to Chapter 1

I ended up somewhere in that book. I had the book in my hand, chapter 15. I read, “People are screaming loud!” That’s trouble. Then, I asked someone the date.

“2488, the last year of the world!” they said.

“That’s fine,” I said.

“It’s not fine!” they responded. “Be… be… cause ALIENS ARE TAKING OVER THE WORLD!”

I couldn’t think this could get any worse… but I was wrong.

Chapter 5: Alien Attack

“What’s you name?” I asked.

“Matthew, what’s yours?” he replied.

“Cash H. Harlan!” I said.

Then some things got really weird. Some creature came down from a UFO. “It’s an alien!” Matthew yelled.

This was very, very, very, very, very, very bad. Then, as the aliens got to the ground, I yelled, “Run!”

Cash Hendrix Harlan
Mortal Kombatant / Resident Math Whiz
Cash is Justin's eldest son. He's smart (like way too smart for his own good, in fact) and extremely talented. As a mere 11 year old, he likes to fill notebooks with math equations, hand drawn comic books, and ideas for movie scripts. He's a burgeoning horrorhound and his first rated R movie involved a hero named Ripley and an evil alien queen. He plays flag football, Mortal Kombat on XBox, and french horn. He's definitely cooler than you.
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