“Don’t buy those Monsters food,” the store manager yelled, “You’ll only encourage them.”

John did it anyway. Monsters or not, he decided, no one should go hungry.

Over time, though they looked like nothing he’d ever seen before, he came to understand their stoic ways. This he learned, was why polite society called them ‘Monsters,’ as they didn’t show emotion and rarely spoke a word.

Then it happened, polite society fell apart and what had been commonplace and taken for granted, was lost. But  John found himself accepted, while others, like the manager, were left to fend for themselves.

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