Although Steve was eight years old, he was still afraid of the dark. Every night when the lights went out, he pulled the covers over his head and shut his eyes tight.
Until he fell asleep, every small sound he heard scared him. He wondered if it was a monster or a ghost that always tries to get him.
Last night, he had cried out into his sleep and woke everybody. They came to find out what was wrong.
“I dreamt of where a monster was chasing me,” he said.
“Oh, there are no such things as ghosts or monsters,” his father said.
His father stayed with him for a while, and he soon fell asleep again.
The next morning, Steve watched as his big brother got ready to go to his secret club meeting.
“May I join the club?” he asked.
“No, you can’t,” Brent said.
“Because we are the Fearless Crew, and you are not brave like us,” his brother told him.
“Of course, I am brave,” Steve said.
“Then what about last night?”
Steve said nothing. His brother knew he was afraid of the dark.
But he still asked. “If I show you that I am brave, will you let me join the club?”
“How are you going to do that?” Brent said.
“Suppose I ride my bike without hands? Will that show you that I am brave?” Steve asked.
“That would be dangerous,” his brother told him.
“Maybe, I could climb into the tree at the backyard and jump down.”
“That would be very silly, and you can still hurt yourself,” Brent said.
Steve was determined to join the club. So without his brother knowing, he followed him to Benny’s house. He hid outside while they met inside the garage. He could hear everything they were saying.
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