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Entrance to the Unknown I am alone. There in no-one within sight of me, in front or behind.

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Entrance to the Unknown I am alone. There in no-one within sight of me, in front or behind. I don't know how I got here, or were to go from now. All I know is the well known myth about the woods that lies ahead of me, were 'He who enters shall never return'. I stand, shivering in the crisp air, next to a gloomy neglected barn. I enter the deserted storeroom, hoping to come across some resources which will help me through the cold, dead of night which lies ahead of me. I scatter around, clearing dusty shelves and wading through cobwebs. I stumble over a small metal object, which rolls towards the far corner of the barn and down a set of steps. I crawl through a small hatch, to discover it was a rusty old oil lantern. The lantern was still intact, but without any source of fuel. I desperately needed to find some sort of ignition and paraffin for my lamp. By this time, my eyes were becoming inflamed due to the vast amount of dust and soot present in the barn, and my sense of stability and direction had deteriorated. ...read more.


I hadn't gone very far through the dense trees and undergrowth, before the light started to fade and the air grew colder. I felt the branches pulling at my coat as I passed, almost as if they were reaching out trying to stop me. Then I felt a sharp sting in my side and realised that something was sticking into me. I stopped in my tracks, feeling all around me for the obstruction, to discover sticking out of the tree on my right, an arrow. An arrow, complete with flights at one end and, buried in the tree trunk what looked like a flint arrowhead. A piece of flint! It seemed that everything I needed for my journey was made available to me as I went along. First the lantern, the water, the fuel, the map and compass and now it seemed the means of lighting my lantern. With some difficulty I prised the arrowhead from the tree. Now all I needed was a suitable stone to strike it with, and some tinder. I felt that my destiny was no longer mine to control, as I moved on into the darkening woods, wondering what lay ahead. ...read more.


Then I remembered the arrow. Slowly, so slowly, I reached into my bag and drew out the arrow feeling the sharpness of the flint between my fingers. Hardly daring to breathe, in case the animal attacked I summoned all my courage and remaining strength, and rammed the arrow, point first, towards the head of the bear. I felt the arrowhead go into the bear and then stop when it hit something hard. Then, a tremendous weight pushed the arrow out of my hands, and I just managed to roll aside, as half a ton of very dead bear hit the ground. I saw to my amazement, that my blind thrust of the arrow had entered below the jaw of the bear and obviously pierced its brain - probably the only way I could have killed it with the primitive weapon. My immediate problem behind me, lying on the path, I turned my thoughts once more to the future. I had a lamp, and the means to light a fire with plenty of food, but was no nearer finding out how I got into this situation... ?? ?? ?? ?? Jack Colman Original Writing Coursework ...read more.

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