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The Calm After the Storm

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The Calm After the Storm I don't know whether one could call my life a disaster, or a series of miracles. I have seen tragedies that you think only happen in newspapers or novels, yet I have also seen what comes out the other side and that it is way above average human morals. I am proud to have lived amongst such strong and determined individuals whom I hope will teach others to follow in their footsteps. Of all my childhood memories, one sticks out to have affected me most. I can remember the look of deep fear on my mother's weary face. I wanted to reach out and have her hold me close to her, but I knew that I was no safer with her than in the arms of Edith, my oldest sister under the dining room table. I could hear the huge rip and then crash of the monster waves beating against the side of our house. I had heard of the huge storms years ago before I was born, but they hadn't become real until now. Suddenly, there was the splintering smash of shattering glass and cold salt water hit me in the face. I was sick on Edith but she didn't have time to care as she ran frantically around the swamped house looking for something to barricade the broken windows with. ...read more.


Mother however stopped to help Mr and Mrs Feverell, the owners of the village shop. The London Inn was at the far end of the village, so on my way I was able to look back and see the damage done to the whole village. Even at the age of six I could still tell that last night's calamity had struck catastrophic disaster upon us. Over half the village must have been made homeless. There are few liveable properties here now. It is a miracle that everyone is alive and only two families have left the village of Hallsands forever. When I had nearly reached the Pub I noticed that there was a huge crack in the road, which would make it impossible for me to go on any further. I crouched down on the grass and watched the men scurrying around at the London Inn. The front entrance had been blocked off and the whole cloakroom and cliff half the building was built on had slid into the ocean. Unlike many disasters, after a few days village life didn't return to normal. Even after weeks, months and many years, life in the village of Hallsands would never return to the ordinary. The only thing that rose nearer the norm after a few days was morale. ...read more.


When we arrived at the bay, Sam rushed for help. Mother and the other women came rushing. They informed us that someone had heard the crash of a vessel colliding with the reef in the night. This answered a lot of my questions. She also told me that the men had left with the lifeboat to recover anyone else from the wreck, but this turned out to be a fruitless search. The sailor's family was very grateful to me for saving his life. So grateful that they paid me a huge reward of one thousand five hundred pounds! This made us extremely wealthy and there were many debates within the family as to what we should do with it. In the end I decided to build a large building above Hallsands as a memorial. I am now thirty-five and no longer have to fish for a living seven days a week. I have turned my house into a hotel with seven guest rooms and I have built a platform that stretches over the cliff edge so that everyone can see where once the village of Hallsands once stood. Full of happy people who had no worries and never had to lock their properties because everyone knew and trusted everyone. This is a community that hopefully won't be forgotten in a hurry. Annie Rankin 10C This story and the characters are based on a small ruined village in Devon, in the early 20th century. ...read more.

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