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"Suckers!" is the fifth short story in More Tales to Give You Goosebumps.

Plot

The main character, Ashley, is spending the summer with her cousin, Greg, and her younger brother, Jack. Sadly, her summer is continuously worsened by two boys, Alex Pratt and Jimmy Stern. These two boys bully Ashley, Greg, and Jack because they see the trio as wimpy.

One day while Ashley, Greg, and Jack are exploring the beach, they find a trunk. They open it and a green and slimy blob leaps out and grabs Ashley's leg. Ashley quickly learns that the creature has suckers, like an octopus. The kids are able to coax the creature away from Ashley by feeding it gummy worms. When the kids run out of gummy worms, the creature latches on to Greg. Jack and Ashley have to leave Greg so they can get more gummy worms, which they do. On their way back to the beach, Jack and Ashley are almost stopped by Alex and Jimmy, but the siblings manage to evade the bullies and get back to Greg.

When Ashley and Jack return, Greg is completely covered by the blob creature. The siblings use their new gummy worms to lure the creature back into the trunk it came from, and they shut the trunk, enclosing the creature and candy inside. After they do this, Alex and Jimmy find them, so the trio runs away. Alex and Jimmy don't chase after them because Alex notices a bag of gummy worms sticking out of the trunk on the beach. Jimmy decides to pull open the lid of the trunk.

Trivia

  • This story references the 1984 film The Karate Kid.
  • Ashley states that Jimmy and Alex, who are fourteen, are a year older than her. This would make her thirteen years old, a rarity for Goosebumps protagonists outside of sequels.
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