Fantasy camp

By ARIEL SHEARER  |  August 10, 2011

Today's battle lasts three rounds. The zombies are horribly outmatched — all they have to defend against the Heroes' nerf swords are "zombie spitballs," squishy foam balls they lob at their kids with little effect.

Gwen is healing a wounded Hero, while Vance organizes group attacks. Zombies that get hit enough times put their arms over their heads, frozen in place, to show that their limbs have been hacked off.

I'm hiding behind a tree. My blue triangles are not doing me much good. There are swords and spitballs flying, and I'm unarmed. All I've got is a notebook. "Why are you still here?" a Hero shouts at me.

The Heroes roundly defeat their parent zombies, who return to their non-evil living state after three rounds of beatings and a group trip to death's realm. Then, former zombies and their forever hero kids pack up their costumes and leave Sidleterra together, exhausted and happy.

The story will continue next summer.

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