Are you Afraid of the Dark? Season 2 Episode 10: The Tale of the Shiny Red Bicycle

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“It really ticked me off that someone could take something that was so important to me! Because once you have the right bike it’s yours forever, no matter who has it!”- David

Tonight’s tale is from our resident sensitive Midnight Society member, David. His stories always seem to tug at the heart strings and this one is not any different. So get your tissues ready for his tale about a kid and his friend and a red bike.

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Someone forgot the graham crackers and chocolate bars to make s’mores. I am looking at you Kiki. #s’morebetta #campfirefood #MidnightSociety4life

Our night starts with the gang minus Kristen and David, roasting marshmallows. Once again you can sense the tension between The Gary and Betty Ann. The Gary says “Let’s give them a few more minutes”, (so if they did not show up were they going to call it a night? Do they not have alternates in case of an emergency?) Just than we hear some twigs cracking and Frank says “I think that is them now.”  Also Frank’s mallow is on fire. Kristen says “Sorry we’re late.” The Gary says to David “Hey, I heard about your bike getting stolen. You O.K.?” David says “Yeah well, what can you do?” Kiki is outraged by the news of David’s bike being stolen and says “How can anyone steal a bike? (I am not sure Kiki but I am guessing on foot. My bike got stolen several times when I was a little kid, so I can sympathize). The Gary says “Yeah. It’s like ripping off a part of somebody.” (Actually The Gary it is the complete opposite of ripping a part of somebody off, it is more like stealing a wheelchair from a cripple). David gives his introduction to his story and mentions how much a kid loved his bike that he took it to the grave, and Kiki looks intrigued and Frank looks like of skeptical. But honestly the way they are looking at each other makes me wonder if they stole David’s bike. Then David submits his story to the Midnight Society, as The Tale of the Shiny Red Bicycle.

We are introduced to young Mike and young Ricky. They are best friend and love to ride bikes together, and are excited about the up and coming fishing season! They are on a bridge when all of a sudden the ledge gives way and Ricky’s bike flies over into the stream with Ricky following. Mike tries to save Ricky, but he slips out of Mike’s hands. Then teenage Mike wakes up in a cold sweat, it was just a nightmare he was having. He yells out “Ricky!” and his little brother sees him and ask if he is okay. Mike says he is fine and for his brother, Ben to go back to sleep.

The next morning, while at the dinning table Mike’s dad makes note that it “looks like someone’s going to fall asleep in his corn wackies.” He is talking about Mike. Also his parents are real assholes who obviously do not care about the mental health of their son or about the dead kids parents. Then Ben tells the parents that Mike had another nightmare. They kind of give Mike grief about still having nightmares (seriously these parents are the worst and should be taken away).

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Young Mike and Ricky

Then at school, Mike sees Ricky’s bike in the bike rack (OMG!) and has a flashback (I think Mike might have PTSD).  He friend ask him if he is O.K., and the bike mysteriously vanishes. Mike starts to ask his friend if he saw the bike but than decides against it and they go into the school.

Later on in History class, Mike sees Ricky outside the window. His teacher (who I did not bother to learn the name of), kind of gets personal about her in-laws being at her house and how crappy it is, a real woo is me moment on her part. She embarrasses him in front of the class. Mike then has a full on panic attack and passes out. He gets sent to the nurses office.

We learn that Ricky has been dead for about 5 years. She asks him if he still thinks of him and she gets real and tells Mike that even if he saves Ricky in his dream, that Ricky will still be dead. She sends Mike home early. Mike sees Ricky again outside of the window and inside the nurses office. Ricky has his bike with him.

Mike is upset about going to the doctors and missing the first day of fishing season. Mike is on bed rest. On the way home Mike thinks he sees Ricky riding his bike and asks his dad go follow him to prove he is not crazy. His dad follows the person on the bike and Mike runs out of the car, only to see it is a girl and not Ricky.

Mike’s dad is not having it and tells him that Ricky is dead. Once at home, Mike is in bed and his mom is taking his temperature. Ben tells Mike that he is nervous about going fishing, but Mike tells him it is fun and he has done it since he was 10. Ben then asks Mike if he really saw Ricky.

Mike has another dream about Ricky, only this time he is walking into Mike’s room. The dad tells Ben that they will drop him off at the river, but you can tell Ben does not really want to go.

Mike once again hears Ricky calling to him from outside and he appears next to a tree with his bike. When going to the river, Ben’s friends ask him if that is where Mike’s friend got killed (they are pricks).

Mike reaches out to touch Ricky, but he cannot as Ricky is a ghost. Mike tells Ricky, that he tried to save him and he is there to warn Mike. He warns Mike about Ben, and how he is in danger at the bridge, the one Ricky got killed on. Some how Mike is able to take Ricky’s bike and they tell each other they miss each other.

Mike rides to the river to save Ben, whose foot gets caught under a rock  trying to retrieve a sinker. The person in charge of the dam does not bother to look and see if anyone is trapped under the bridge and nearly kills Ben when the water starts to flow. Luckily Mike is able to reach Ben in time, but at first has a flashback to when Ricky dies and it nearly paralysis him. But at the last moment Mike is able to save Ben.

When Mike sees the bike again, it is all rusty and laying on the grass.

Then we cut back to the Midnight Society, and David says “The very next day, a man who was fishing found the remains of Ricky Hagerty. Frank asks “Why had it taken so many years to find him?” David says “Mike Buckley will tell you that it’s because he wasn’t even down there….. not at least until he had paid back a favor to an old friend. They all seems satisfied with the ending and The Gary motions for Betty Ann to hand him the water bucket, also I want to point out that Betty Ann never said a word during this episode, she only smiled and nodded. Then The Gary declares the meeting of the Midnight Society closed. The Gary puts out the fire as he is the only person who can prevent forest fires (I think smokey the bear came to him in a dream).

Moira’s Thoughts:

While this is not my favorite episode, I really enjoyed the story. As a person whose bike has bee stolen on many occasions as a child, I can relate to David. I think in total my bike has been stolen about 3-4 times, but I honestly think I grew up in a ghetto area. The bike was eventually found like 2 miles away abandoned on the side of the road. I am not sure why anyone would steal a pink mermaid bike, but they apparently needed it way more than I did. Then later on I got a mountain bike, which also got stolen. That bike was also eventually found on the highway about 5 miles away from where I had lived. While it sucked, we got a dog to guard the house and prevent thrift, but he was bad at it, wasn’t the dogs fault as he was a Pomeranian and not an actual guard dog. I am almost positive that my current dog, would sleep through someone breaking in to the house or possibly try to get them to give her food. I feel like Robin would throw me under the bus if she could sometimes.

  1. It is kind of odd that they never offered David or Kristen marshmallow to roast. I would have thought that they could have at least stay a little after the meeting to roast some more marshmallows.
  2. It was odd that all of them but Betty Ann talked during this episode. Maybe Betty Ann caught whatever Kiki had and that is why she could not talk or perhaps someone jinxed her.
  3. I can see why this is Jason Alisharan’s favorite episode, it is a good story.

This is the last David tale to be summarized as David will sadly not be returning to the Midnight Society next season, his family moved away.

Lets give David a round of applause for his efforts tonight. Up next we have our last Kristen story in The tale of the Frozen Ghost, with special guest star, Melissa Joan Hart!

If you want to tweet it at anyone in particular like *cough*Ross Hull or Raine Pare-Coull or Jodie Resther, *cough* to make them aware of me wanting to interview them, that would be cool. I feel that if enough people tweet at them or Facebook them, they will think it is a good idea. As a thank you, I will upload a video of me doing the nea nea and if you all help me get all three, I will upload a video of me singing He Mele No Lilo in full Hawaiian (since I took 2 years of the language). Mahalo for your continued support in this endeavor.

Until next time…..Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story: The tale of Moira’s Afraid of the Dark? (But not really), Blog number 11 of season 2 Goodbye David we will miss you!

Photo credits: Google images young Ricky and Mike   Midnight Society  title card

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