Conor goes to sleep on the living room settee that night and has the nightmare again.
He wakes up at 12:07, of course. But there's no monster to be found.
Then, when he goes and looks out the kitchen window, there it is, just chillin' and waiting for him. No creaking wood or calling out Conor's name tonight.
Conor goes outside to have a visit. These two are getting quite friendly.
It's time to tell the first story, says the monster.
But Conor's not having it. He tells the monster it's not real and he doesn't have time to listen to any stupid stories.
Oh really? The monster one-ups Conor's argument by asking the kiddo how the monster can leave very real berries on Conor's very real floor if he is, in fact, not real?
Whatevs. Conor does not think berries are all that scary. But since the monster's here, Conor wishes he would help Conor get rid of his Grandma. You know, do a little slaying of the enemies, as monsters are wont to do?
The monster says he'll tell a story about slaying some enemies.