The Graveyard

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The Graveyard

A graveyard is seen by many to be simply a place of burial for the dead. However, these people do not realise the interesting features of a graveyard and all of its properties. Graveyards, although all have the same function, have many different sizes, arrangements and can give a totally different atmosphere depending on the way the bodies are arranged. While one graveyard may be beautifully decorated with flowers and blooming with other wildlife, another may be overgrown, decayed and untended. A graveyard isn’t necessarily a haunted place; in fact, it can be quite an interesting and even exciting place to go to when you have some spare time.

It is around 4 o’ clock in the afternoon on a normal day in autumn, near the centre of London. It is raining lightly. He stops and looks at the sign to the entrance to the cemetery. He notices that although there are a few scratch marks, the sign shows that vandalism is almost non-existent in this area. A car whizzes past behind him and he feels a slight cool breeze behind his back. He walks through the entrance past the large iron gate. The wooden fence nearby is covered with vines and ivy. He immediately notices that he is the only person present in this graveyard, for now.

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He slowly follows the gravel path to the left towards the scattered gravestones. He stops by the nearest gravestone he sees and examines it closely. It reads “Edward Banan 21 April 1689”. He notices that the gravestone has worn away, particularly at the corners; and he also notice fungi at the sides as well. He moves on to the next gravestone beside the one he just looked at. He attempts to decipher the name inscribed on the gravestone, but it is so faint that he could only work out a “p” in the name. Everything else engraved on this ...

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