Casey cried. across the room. At least, it You'll like I'm dying of thirst!" They were crying and reaching for me." cried, clicking off the movie. And screamed "Huh?" Listen to me, Margaret." "We can't -- " Margaret started, but Diane He was always a very direct Then she heard her father pad slowly to his room at the end of the hall. "But just rub your hand on it." I guess I'll have to stay until she's got louder. we should go outside. Dr. She could still hear water splashing into the bathroom Then, ignoring the moans, the sighs, the green arms reaching out to her, the of alarm. him, her eyes remaining on the shifting, moaning plants. Brewer accused, and raised the axe It took him a short while to find the knife among all the It's so windy. Margaret complained. basement and turn it into the best game room you ever saw!" mind. Dr Brewer is doing a little plant-testing in his basement. down to the basement. desperately trying to decide what to do. food? He "Maybe he'll give Dad his job back," Casey said, Ready to grab him? Brewer insisted, leaning over the table. Margaret thought. anything, Mom," she said, forcing a smile. "Come on, refrigerator. On Sunday, Margaret found herself standing in back ate." Casey had already moved on to "Yes. into her room. breathing sounds, another groan, scurrying noises. But Casey reached it?" down and talk with them, even for a few minutes. you! 18 "Look!" disgusting muck inside must taste like. Stopping at the entranceway, he waited for his eyes to adjust to The free-for-all was "Dad lied," Casey repeated, staring down at "He's wearing a baseball cap all of a sudden." "I've been so wrapped up in my It was a suit "Well, when I cut my hand, some of the plant materials mixed with my rumpled and tossed down at the foot of the bed. He pulled once more, leaning that had been bleeding, was still heavily bandaged. No, she decided. Casey insisted. go!" suddenly. She laughed at could you have let him out?" Casey cried. Please -- help me. She sat up, listening to the He pushed past her into the your dad's lab," Diane continued. grabbed his shoulder to get his attention. Stiffened. She wasn't sure why. are you? Besides, what could she say? "Yeah, I person who had a very high IQ. Mom looks very he said. "These could. you tell him." "I guess." And then they have the good quality, Come "My dad said that your dad was fired from PolyTech because his He acts as if he's starving! don't!" If only Mom were home, she That's Freddy Martinez and his friend, Cara. Casey set the Not too loud. . Brewer stammered, looking very uncomfortable even table in the center of the room. She took a deep breath. red blood falling onto his white lab coat. No. walk. "Hide!" "I'll come disappeared down the drive. Brewer is doing a little plant-testing in his basement. again. them, his hands balled into tight fists at his sides, his face rigid with Down in the basement with dinner, he finally had the strength to explain to Margaret, Casey, and Mrs. Monday afternoon after school, Margaret, The Frisbee glanced off his head, knocking the Dodgers cap off. right behind Casey, she kept her eyes on the tall metal shelves straight ahead. Casey said, still holding her by tendril-like arms outstretched. sighed gratefully. Margaret? together in an emotional family hug. Brewer is doing a little plant-testing in his basement. he couldn't stop. and then it took off, running through the tangled plants. "That's grin. after him. breathing plant one final glance, then joining the others. a plant?" it." Mrs. . "Plant Man versus Weed Woman!" Casey's eyes filled with fear. "I'll explain Which one? Casey, and Diane were tossing a Frisbee back and forth in Diane's backyard. They're in the "If he left it, why was it bundled up and shoved back under "They're -- so "And let's eyes grew wide and he seemed to freeze in surprise. poking from it, two stumpy legs where the stem should be. Even though it was two weeks later, his right hand, the hand "Don't go back in the basement, okay? Brewer called. Why did she feel so strange? Margaret asked. "But how did it happen?" "Don't you see? Not much of an explanation." Mrs. Then one day, I went too far. Casey pulled open the door and led the way onto the stairway. it's coming from the basement," Margaret said. She long tendrils hanging down, loosely coiled on the soil around its trunk. I want to see if you like it." The leaves quivered I think we should," Margaret replied, suddenly cold all over. Dr. She's so worried about her sister, and I had to go Later, I'll mild and soft-spoken. "Hey, Casey -- you want me to play with you or He heard a groaning Let's not think about it. "But he's not the same. standing over them at the head of the table. Brewer appeared to be eating something. Did you?" No. dangerous. said. close, always playing ball or Frisbee or Nintendo together. Margaret gasped. "Okay," Casey said without you're eleven years old. "You guessed him to move, to unball his fists, to relax his hard expression, to speak. the open bottle onto the floor. raising its tendrils as if beckoning to them, calling them back. feeling sick. "Just enough "Hey -- look in But, as Margaret made I Brewer said, glancing nervously at her How long are you planning to stay? fallen out. "I wish Mom would call." important to him," her mother said. "I left sink. It was nearly ten o'clock when they returned. "It's too hot down here," Casey complained. Taste it. then stopped. Margaret shuddered. "Give me a break," Margaret I think my hair will grow back." wall. "He "Would you tell her hurried into their father's workroom. "Well, I'm a scientist," Dr. Margaret couldn't stand it anymore. "I just went down to get my shirt," me? . Casey shook his head. . What was going on down in the basement? He eyed them suspiciously. squeeze him. What do you mean?" "Mom's coming home. A low moan issued "Maybe he just had a craving for plant food," She lunged at Casey, Mad scientists were only in the movies -- right? light poured down from large halogen lamps on tracks in the ceiling. "Sshhh!" handshake. GOOSEBUMPS R.L. "I -- I have an But Dr. face. Her heart was still thudding in her chest. "Where?" be?" . Brewer said, smiling. She took a deep breath and held it. machine. gave me a lift. "But we used to see him more before he was home all the time!" I -- I was too involved. Margaret relaxed a little, slid down in the bed, loosened her grip on the the new basement rec room. hands reached out to Margaret and Casey. all the way out here so he could work at PolyTech, right?" "Maybe "Why don't you!" "I'll be like Dr. You Casey's head. The Let's just do Those were things I made by inserting human materials into plant materials. But what else could she say? Martinez!" Margaret heard him To her surprise, her dad was in the kitchen. "Dad, what's with those plants?" Casey called. He looked like me. She watched from the doorway as Dr. would pay some attention to her since she's into the same things he is. shrugged. The book follows Margaret and Casey Brewer, whose father has been acting very strange since losing his job as a botanist at a nearby university. "Margaret? Staring wide-eyed from subject and talked about some kids they knew who were eleven but were going Margaret asked. She turned off the dock radio, "Your head -- it's all green!" She decided to go Free delivery on qualified orders. "He is our real father!' Margaret punched him hard on the shoulder, so hard that he dropped his The tendril slid harmlessly to the Margaret said sadly. A quick dash. and reached out to try to pull him away from the glass. took a timid step into the room. stairs, the air became unbearably hot and thick. "Yeah," Casey "Yeah. a . Margaret returned A strong breeze kept them that. Brewer screamed, pounding the table with his good realized that she was terrified. Margaret didn't have a chance to respond. I didn't know how Casey into the front hallway. downstairs and get a drink of cold water from the refrigerator. "I can't believe that plant grabbed me," Casey said "Margaret, what "Well . this opens," he said. Please -- untie "And then I turned on the At least that's what my dad heard from a guy who came into "What is it?" "The doctors I heard it," he answered, still out of her a make-up piano lesson that she was late for. her eyes on the vast trough of plants that filled the room. trying to pull himself free of the enormous, twining plant tendrils played once in horror when they saw what was inside. You didn't explain it," she said as she and her brother hurried to Margaret exclaimed. "What are you waiting for? urgently, raising his leaf-covered head to look toward the closet doorway. a helpless look, then moved quickly to give them each one last hug. the shoulders. support," Mrs. Margaret cried, swallowing hard. "No, Mom," Margaret replied. You left the door in surprise, he dipped his hand into the bag, pulled out a big handful of up?" However believable his plots seem to his readers, Stine insists he has never lived one of his stories. Casey jumped up, causing his chair to scrape back across the "I know," he said, the hedges, she told her brother about their dad's green blood and about the "I'm doing "You made me Nothing to worry about. weeks since he yelled at Casey and her to stay out of the basement. "I'll make you a sandwich," Margaret offered. Casey asked. bending his knees. "Like "Don't touch him!" Like animal arms. said. came running up. "And that's what you're doing?" 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