There, in all his unhooded glory, stood an all to familiar and frightening figure from Bobby's past. Immediately, a soundtrack entered his brain and wormed it's way right now into his gut. "I love you. You love me. We're a great BIG family." Bobby liked to think there weren't too many things in this world he was afraid of, or at least he tried his hardest to not let on when Sam, Kyle or other classmates were around. He was, however, deathly scared of a certain giant purple dinosaur with a green belly, no discernable teeth and beady jet black eyes, who now frighteningly towered before him. He wasn't even sure why. Whenever he heard the music or the voice he'd shudder. And now, his grape-infused captor was even more ominous as he scanned the hovering crowd of prisoners before him.
"Eeny, meeny, miny mo. Catch a cartoon by the two. If it hollers...." and Barney, with the un-Barney voice, broke into laughter. Bobby cringed when one stubby lilac finger pointed its way from person to person before eventually landing on him.
"And who do we have here?" the purple behemoth queried. "Cmon lad! Speak up! I ain't gonna bite....much." More belly laughter.
"I'm B-B-B-Bob," he decided to answer, as authoritatively as he could muster.
"B-B-B-Bob, huh? And do you know who I am?" the beasts trademark smile looked more like an evil sneer from B-B-B-Bob's vantage point.
"B-B-B-Barney..." jumped and sputtered from his quivering lips.
"Correct kid!" the fake dino shot back. "Gee, you're a little pale. You're not afraid of the world's friendliest purple dinosaur are ya?"
"No-No...sir," Bobby now whimpered.
"Sir? Well that's just an excellent start my new friend B-B-B-Bob. Now, who's your favourite cartoon character."
Bobby looked down at the throng of toons milling below him and his shudder turned into a tremble. He did not like where this was headed.
"Never mind," Barney suggested, "I'll just guess. I've gotten pretty good at it, if I do say so myself. How bout one of those Pokemon? All the kids love the Pokemon."
And as he said it, Bobby spied a Charizard and a Jigglypuff weaving their way in and out of the crowd as if they were evading capture.
"NAH, how bout someone from Disney or Pixar?" his purpleness continued. "Take your pick B-B-B-Bob. But hurry up cuz we don't have all day."
Bobby could feel the glare intensify. Tried to not make direct eye contact. Had no idea what to do or what might come next. He couldn't think and was too scared to speak.
"Ok son. Time's up. I've decided and I think you'll be pleased. " Barney's eyes turned from black to glowing red. He raised his purply arms high above his head and then back down, outstretched towards Bobby. He thought he saw some sort of waves coming coming from the monsters fingers. He started to feel a bit unbalanced. Something really weird was happening...