ALL ALONE

ALL ALONE

By Hayat Haji

Halima and Hafsa stepped closer into the woods but stopped in their tracks as they saw a pathway in the forest. As the branches which looked like distorted limbs swayed aggressively in the breezy, chilly wind, the dark, crusty floor crunched below their feet. The freezing wind whipped around her body; the silence was so quiet that you could slash through it with a knife. Halima’s mouth was dry as she frantically looked in the distance. ‘Why, oh why did I agree to this dare?’ she thought to herself. ‘ I should have said no.’  But then she remembered Hafsa’s taunting voice, how she teased Halima of being a scaredy-cat. Halima stood there and fidgeted with the side of her black Hijab that covered her hair: she always did this when she was scared.
 ” Why are you standing there looking gormless? ” teased Hafsa, when she found that Halima was lagging behind. ” You’re not scared, are ya?”     
“No!” protested Halima. “Why on earth would I be scared?”                       “Come on then!” snapped Hafsa. They both trudged along until they reached their destination, the middle of nowhere. It was this moment when she saw the setting clearer. They both looked up and saw the loud, booming lightning light up the night sky. Their mouths hung open as they stood there, mesmerized. As the devilish moon grinned at them, a wave of anxiety washed over Halima.
 Immediately, they could see a dark, spooky mansion that looked a century old. The grotesque gargoyles, which stood on either side, looked as though they were beckoning them to come closer. Halima could taste fear and hostility in the air. She frantically looked around, taking in all the surroundings. She could almost hear a ghost whispering in her ear. Her whole body trembled.  ‘Why is this place in the middle of nowhere?’ she thought to herself. As soon as she said that, a burst of childish laughter filled up the atmosphere…
“What was that?” asked Halima nervously.
“Probably nothing,” said Hafsa, but she still had a nervous look on her face. As soon she said that they both heard a noise. Knock! Knock! Knock!   “Now, that is definitely something!” squealed Halima. ‘We should go now!’ she thought.  “No, we should go check this thing,” answered Hafsa, and she headed for the direction. It was as though she could read her mind. ‘Was she crazy?’ thought Halima. The number one rule of being in a scary place is to not go investigate. Now, she could make a decision. Go with Hafsa and risk losing her life OR stay and wait for how long it would take Hafsa to come back…… If​ she would come back at all. For the first time ever, she refused and agreed to stay here. As she saw Hafsa heading to the direction, she felt something she never had felt before. Loneliness. She did not know what to do. Knock! Knock! Knock! She was all alone…
Hayat is a year 6 pupil in the UK