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Getting to Know Acee Ramsey

Updated on September 28, 2015

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Acee's First Adventure


The cell phone lit up and began to warble. I was watching an old black and white vampire movie with my cousin N.J. Our baby-sitter picked up the phone and walked toward the other room.

She was completely out of the room just as the vampire entered the young woman’s bedroom. I grabbed N.J. and held him tight.

" What?"

" That vampire just reminded me of something," I replied.

" Okay, again, what?"

" I think grandpa is a vampire."

" What?" He looked confused. " He’s too old to be a vampire!"

" Vampires are suppose to be old. They live inside things called centuries. Plus grandpa sleeps all day and stays awake all night!"

" But Ronnie says he’s a night watchman."

" Yeah, but what does that mean?"

" I don’t know."

" Exactly!"

N.J. jumped back a bit. " What’s a century?"

" I don’t know, but I think grandpa drives one."

N.J. nodded.

" So, we have to help him!"

" Our grandpa is a vampire," N.J. said slowly.

" No, he’s a Grand-pire!"

N.J. was six month older than I was, but he wasn’t as smart. I once convinced him that the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy were one and the same. He was gullible, but that was only because he was a boy. I had just turned five years old, but I had a mind of a six year old. Which made me easier to baby-sit.

" So how do we help grandpa?" N.J. asked.

" We need to get a steak," I started.

" A steak?"

" Yeah the movie says we need to put a steak on his chest."

" Frozen?"

" I guess it doesn’t matter."

" What else?" N.J. asked.

" Some garlic.."

" Garlic?"

" I guess the steak needs flavor."

" That doesn’t sound right."

" Don’t you want to help grandpa become normal?"

N.J. nodded.

" Okay then," I continued. " I think we need to catch him while he’s sleeping in some coffee."

" Grandpa doesn’t sleep in coffee!"

" His shirt always has coffee stains," I said. " So we need to pour coffee on him."


" But Laura says he drinks a lot of coffee to stay awake."

" Proof, he’s the walking dead," I added.

N.J. nodded slowly.

" Grandpa will be over in the morning," I said. " That’s when we make our move. I want a grandpa, not a Grand-pire!"

" Me too!"

The next morning grandpa came over just as he always does. He quickly sat on the sofa and instantly fell asleep.

"N.J." I called. " He’s sleeping!"

" I’m afraid!"

" Me too, but grandpa needs our help!"

" Why do you have that mirror?" N.J. asked.

" They say that vampires can’t see their reflection in the mirrors."

" But he has his eyes closed," said N.J.

" What does that prove?"

" Nothing I guess."

We had to act quickly before mom and dad got up. I carried the frozen steak to the sofa, and N.J. brought everything else. He didn’t like the smell of the garlic, but he carried it anyways. My dad always called him a trooper. I guess that’s because he always had poop in his diapers.

I grabbed the mirror and put it to grandpa’s face. He couldn’t see himself so that’s when I was convinced he was a Grand-pire. N.J. handed me the garlic and I put it on his chest along with the steak.

" Now what?" N.J. asked.

" The coffee!"

" What?"

" We forgot the coffee."

" There is a pot brewing on the stove," N.J. said. " Grandpa put it on before he fell asleep."

" Go get it."

" But it’s going to be too hot."

" It’s okay N.J. old people can’t feel the heat. They’re always cold."

N.J. nodded and ran to get the coffee.

" Don’t worry grandpa," I said as I looked into his Grand-pire face. " I’m here to help you."

N.J. came back slower as he was trying to avoid spilling the hot coffee on him. " Are you sure this will be okay, Acee?"

" I’m sure."

N.J. smiled.

Everything was all set. We had the frozen steak and garlic on his chest. We tested the mirror, and the last thing we had to do was pour the coffee on him.

" How do we know he’d be cured? " N.J. asked.

" He suppose to scream," I replied.

" Because of the hot coffee?"

" No, no of course not," I replied. " Because when the vampire leaves his body, it’s going to hurt."

N.J. nodded.

" Ready?" I asked.

He nodded again.

I dumped the hot coffee on my grandpa and in an instant he shot up to his feet screaming in total agony.

That was the day we helped free our grandpa from the vampire world.

© 2011 Frank Atanacio

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much savvy for reading my old attempt of writing a children's piece.. bless you

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      Yves 2 years ago

      Eeek! I spent way too much time worrying about grandpa getting third degree burns. Is that you and your sister in the pictures. Ha! So cute. I'll bet you were a mischievous little devil, (kind of like now). ;)

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      three times the charm love-doctor :) thank you

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Well- done piece of writing. I want more. lol. (children stories)

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      LOL thanks Pegcole :)

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This is just too funny. Kids do seem to hear things differently. Grandpire. Great new word, too. I liked it. Poor Grandpire. His ouchy will need some butter.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks Our Ms Brooks.. Marlene and Till.. just trying my hand at a child's story is all :)

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Where will you lead us next? I can't believe I missed this. I can imagine those little toddlers misconstruing and twisting till they cure their Grandpire! Loved it.

      Voted up, funny, and interesting.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      I love this cute story. I had read it before. voted up beautiful!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Frank I stand amazed.. LAUGHING HERE.... I LOVE THIS STORY.. I can see it happening.. these little ones. wanting to free Grandpa.. I have to share this.. I LOVE IT....

      OH MY WORD.. I LOVE IT

      DEBBIE

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you soo much Katz this means alot to me bless you :)

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I was reading this and had to go back and read it to my son. We are both laughing and giggling. Main reason is he has four kids between 2 and 7, we could both imagine them doing something like this. Don't fall asleep when they are awake, you never know what they will do to you. He woke up with peanut butter in his hair one time. We both enjoyed the word play and story.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Oh yes of course Denise where are my manners... let me introduce Acee Ramsey to you :) ... Ronnie and her Husband's first born..:) and Marlene thanks for popping by ... :)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Fantastic story! I enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading more.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      lol Yes, the cutie pie in the photo with the beaming smile and chubby cheeks. As for writing the stories-practice makes perfect. Try reading a handful to that mystery woman on the sofa.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Lol just seems easy until you try it? Lol Mystery woman?

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Frank--no response to my question about the mystery woman? hee hee.

      So, my question to you is "why?" Why are you trying to write children's stuff-as a personal challenge, as an interest, or as a suggestion from someone? You have such a natural talent for the poems and detective style writing-it's brilliant. Just saying...

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      It's difficult writing children stuff.. I tried though.. thank you and happy holidays bless you :)

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Very clever, Master Frank. I chuckled throughout the story b/c of the great play on words. Cute photo-your granddaughter?

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Anytime Frank. You are very talented my friend.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks thelyricwriter

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Frank, this was awesome bro. You know, you are very talented at writing. I bet you would make a great director. You belong in Hollywood Frank. No lie. I honestly think you did a great job. Love the entire concept and storyline. This shows your talent Frank. Well done pal.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thank you time2rite.. I tried perfecting this but I couldn't

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      time2rite 5 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

      Too funny...Frank, you have quite the imagination; thanks for sharing and giving me a smile!

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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      LOL Story.. am I going to witness a fight? LOL kidding.. I was talking about writing for children.. she does it seamlessly.. Thanks for your comments

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Frank, comparing yourself to someone like Susan does not help your writing, lol. You have a unique style. Keep at it!

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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      I dunno Storyteller and Just Ask Susan.. I tried a children's tale but found it very challenging and difficult.. I envy you Susan that can write for children so well.. I pale in comparison.. :(

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      LOL, this was such fun to read. Better than Saturday morning cartoons. I loved it!

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Very clever. Sort of like reading one very long and silly joke! There were lots of word plays here that make me grin- precocious grandkids with a huge vocabulary, yet infantile understanding made for good humor. Thanks for the laughs! Voted up and funny.