Read Alba’s winning story
ALL throughout England, at every school you happen to come across you will find a lollipop lady, so named because of the long sticks they hold.
They are there to tell children when it’s safe to cross.
They wait for a gap in the early morning traffic and hold up their sticks to signal cars to stop and allow the multiple school children to cross so they can begin their day of fun and learning.
Or so it seems…
The truth of all crossing ladies begins with one of many parents who are grumpy, tired and always in a hurry. This particular mother has to literally drag her son to school today.
She has to go to work quite soon and can’t afford to be made late again by Josh, her son.
In her hastiness, this mum makes the reckless decision to ignore Ruth, the crossing lady at Josh’s school, and speedily drags her son into the road. But she only gets one step away from the pavement before Ruth springs into action, doing what she often does!
At the speed of light, Ruth bashes her lollipop stick to the floor, freezing time – and the battle commences.
Ruth hit the invisible monster, just missing it as it ducks and lies on the car, as flat as it possibly can.
The beast uses one of its long tentacles to grip the poor woman’s throat before biting her nose in an attempt to yank it right off her face.
While the ugly creature in front of her was distracted with her nose Ruth hit the monster three times: one to knock its tentacle away from her neck, the second to rip the suckers clean off the car and the third to hit it into a parallel universe far, far away.
These monsters are road trolls and are one hundred per-cent hideous flesh. They come in all different colours, with a dozen eyes dotted around a blob of a head.
Instead of legs the road trolls have suckers to attach themselves to cars; each Troll having about five.
Instead of arms they have tentacles varying in length of up to three metres and are absolutely smothered in warts and scars.
Having bashed the troll off the car Ruth unfroze time. Completely oblivious to what Ruth had done,
Josh’s mother finishes her journey irritated at the crossing lady. Ruth couldn’t help but smile.
Ruth, like all other crossing ladies, started out as an average adult until called upon by a secret society of others who also have the gift of seeing the road trolls. From there, Ruth fulfilled her duty of freezing time, battling road trolls and banishing them from the planet.
And although only a small number of people are aware of it, Ruth joined all other crossing ladies and became a super hero.
So next time you see a lollipop lady be sure to thank them – preferably without revealing their secret.