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The Old Oak Tree

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The Old Oak Tree The day was just beginning to break; the morning dew was glistening with light too pure to be destroyed. Sounds of the day were emerging; the playful song of birds in the old oak trees leaves. An alarm rang out of the stillness and a moan quickly followed. Phoebe dragged herself out of bed half-heartedly, time to start her day; get ready for school, walk to school, walk back; it was the same old boring routine, but Phoebe never realised how her day would end. The walk home dawned on her much faster than she anticipated. Today something in the air felt different; a cold chill ran over her body, even though it was the middle of summer. Dragging her bag along the floor she dumped it in the cupboard under the stairs. "Phoebe, is that you?" her aunt cried from the kitchen, but Phoebe didn't have the energy to deal with her today, so she retreated up the stairs without a backwards glance. ...read more.


"Because, dear cousin, I don't want you to suffer the same fate as we did." Suddenly she was surround by eyes; staring at her through the black of her room they were crying and screaming at her. Phoebe's eyes started bleeding. "You either die fast and painlessly by us; or slow and painfully by her." Phoebe felt herself letting go. Bang. Bang. Her aunt was walking up the stairs; the glint on her knife reflected the glint in her eye. The knife rammed into Phoebe's back but she only felt it for a split second, suddenly she felt light. "Why did she do this; I...I just don't understand." "Maybe I can help you understand what she has done and why she has done it." Her cousin took her hand. The room blurred past her; a vision of a small girl came in to view. ...read more.


The room blurred past Phoebe again, the girl was being restrained by two men she cried out to her mother. "Please mum; don't let them take me" tears were streaming down her face. Her mother turned away and whispered: "It's for the best." Everything blurred past Phoebe again, the girl was being released to return to her mother. This would be the last time she saw her real home; the one she had lived in for only five years. She needed to take care of some unfinished business. Her face was like stone but the hateful look in her eyes bore down into her soul. Finally Phoebe was back under the old oak tree; her cousin let her hand go. "Maybe now you understand." He said with a heavy sigh. "We all died the same way. She buried all of our bodies in the garden, under the old oak tree. Twenty years ago she lived in a mental asylum, since then she killed all of us on the same day; the day when she was first admitted by her mother." ...read more.

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