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The Cellar

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The Cellar During one boring December afternoon, I decided to wrap some of my Christmas presents. I found everything I needed, except for the wrapping paper and I soon came to the conclusion that it must have been placed in the cellar when I had recently moved. Eager to get the wrapping paper, I made my way to the cellar. What happened next I will never forget: I reached the bottom stair, and squinted my eyes to try and get accustomed to the darkness that enveloped the room. I tenderly reached out and flicked the light switch. It was just as I had thought, the light didn't work. There must have been a fault with the wire. I looked back, the hall light casting a thin beam down the stairs. It would take me too long to venture back, so I hesitantly departed from the only strand of remaining light and entered the dark void. I edged my way down the columns of ageing books, which had deteriorated from the dampness that seemed to suffocate me and press down heavily on my lungs. As I walked down the aisles, I felt something compress under my left heel on my boot. Unable to see what I had stepped in, I crouched down and inspected the pulpy mush. ...read more.


I was not going to lose this in a hurry! Calming myself down, I focused my attention on the light. Would it work? Would it stay alight for long enough? Deciding that I needed the light more now than later, I decided to turn the little switch that ignited it. It worked! My eyes squinted, trying to get accustomed to the new bright light that encircled the room and squeezed itself into every nook and cranny. It was such a relief to finally be able to see further than in front of my nose, I became inquisitive. Excited, I slowly swivelled around and noted everything I could see: A rocking horse from when I was little slowly rocked back and forth from where I had just hit it, its mane tangled and dusty. Books that I had forgotten I had in my possession called out to me, wanting me to open their pages and take part in their adventures. But then I noticed staring straight at me was the family portrait we had had done when I was little. Four sets of eyes stared at me unblinking as if absorbing all my secrets and knowledge. The photo showed my dad wearing a smart suit, my mum wearing a dress and her special earrings and necklace, my sister and I were both wearing jeans and grinning toothless at the camera man. ...read more.


I carefully quickened up my pace, watching out for any obstacles that may easily fall or hinder my quick escape. As I neared the window, I noticed a thin beam of light being cast down through the window and breathing a sigh of relief, I hastily began to find boxes that would withstand my weight. Five minutes later, I had managed to pile three boxes on top of each other, and had reached the top of the pile. Struggling, I tried to wrench open the window but found to my utter horror that the window was jammed shut. Deciding that it was a matter of getting out now or trying to find another way, which could take ages, I grabbed the nearest thing possible. It was an old rusted candlestick, which I thought I had thrown away years ago. My heart pounding, I threw the candlestick as hard as I could possibly try at the window. Smash! The glass shattered all over the lawn outside, the candlestick bouncing away and rolling under a nearby bush. I hurriedly scrambled out of the windows opening, being careful that I didn't cut myself on the shards of glass that remained in the window. Breathing heavily, I passed over the freshly cut lawn, my bare feet getting tickled by the short strands of grass and crept up my front porch. Back in my house, I breathed a sigh of relief. I looked around at my familiar surroundings. I was safe. ...read more.

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