The next day at school, TT was feeling just dandy. He had
definitely scared those three Council Kids. They wouldn’t be messing with him
again. He taught them a lesson they won’t forget anytime soon.
The other two Shadow Kids were feeling great too. No one
could stop their trouble making. TT had told them about the show he put on for
the Council trio in JimJim’s room. It was hard for Them to stop laughing long
enough for TT to explain what happened.
For a while after TT’s show in JimJim’s room, JimJim was
very frightened. SueSue and PosterGuy were even more upset than JimJim. The
Council trio was too sad to talk about what had happened but when JimJim got up
the next morning, his feelings had changed.
JimJim wasn’t afraid anymore. He wasn’t sad. He had a new
At school, JimJim walked into his classroom. He took his
seat. He got his homework papers out of his book bag. He was ready for the
teacher to get started.
TT’s Shadow Kid buddies were up to their old tricks. One of
them was leaning over whispering to the kid in the next row. The other one was
poking the kid in front of him. It wouldn’t be long. Someone was going to get a
TT was just sitting there looking around and grinning. His
gadget was on his lap. He looked down at it. He glanced up at JimJim.
JimJim was concentrating. He was ignoring TT. He was
thinking about his idea. “Shadow Kids are bullies and trouble makers. That
is a fact. TT’s Shadow Kid buddies are over there doing some trouble making
right now. How do they get so many kids into trouble? They must have a trouble
making strategy. I definitely need to figure out how they do that.”
TT stared at the other two Shadow Kids. In a minute, he got
JimJim almost missed it. TT barely moved his head from side
to side. JimJim looked up just in time to see TT shake his head and whisper,
JimJim thought, “TT is telling them to stop. He is
telling them to stop trouble making.”
JimJim watched for a few more seconds. The other two Shadow
Kids followed TT’s order. They sat up straight and started paying attention to
JimJim thought, “TT is the boss. They do what he says.
This is very interesting. They are afraid of him.”
The two Shadow Kids straightened up but there was trouble
anyway. The kid who was getting poked was doing some poking himself. The kid
who was being whispered to was whispering to the kid behind him. The trouble
makers had definitely gotten some trouble started.
JimJim concentrated. He looked at the kid who was
whispering. He started thought-zapping. “Stop whispering. Pay attention to
the teacher. You are going to get into trouble. You need to stop whispering
While JimJim was thought-zapping, he glanced at TT. Yes, TT
was quickly pushing buttons on his gadget. At the same time, a purple shadow
appeared over the kid who was whispering. JimJim’s thoughts were echoing back
to him and there was something new. JimJim heard a bell clanging too.
Yes, TT was definitely hard at work. Yes, that was what
JimJim had thought would happen. Yes, JimJim had the right idea.
JimJim turned his attention back to his teacher. She had
started the lesson. He didn’t have time right then but would think about all of
At recess, JimJim was sitting outside on the step. SueSue
was there too. They were talking when PosterGuy popped in.
JimJim said, “We are happy to be back together. We all
agree about that. Right now, we don’t have time to talk about how great that
“We have to get busy. We have to battle the Shadow
Kids. They are getting more and more kids in trouble. It’s getting worse and I
have figured out how they do it.
“The Shadow Kids do stuff to start some trouble. They
whisper. They poke and don’t keep their hands to themselves. They probably have
a lot of other trouble making strategies too. We need to know all of their
“Here is the really clever part. They stop their
trouble making just before the trouble starts. When the teacher finally sees
what is happening, the Shadow kids aren’t doing anything. Other kids get in
trouble. The Shadow Kids grin and laugh to themselves. They start the trouble
but don’t get in trouble.
“That is only part of it. TT is the boss. He has some
very clever tricks of his own. I have finally figured it out. You are going to
be very surprised when I tell you how he does it.”
Right then, the school bell rang. Recess was over. JimJim
didn’t have time to explain things to SueSue and PosterGuy.