Kingsley, William, Jun, Brendon and I wanted to go on a camping trip in the jungle, so we decided to go on Saturday because everyone was free. I got my small yellow rucksack and packed t-shirts, pants, a hat and everything I needed for the trip.
My phone rang at 8 am. It was Kingsley. “Are you ready to go on our trip, Ken?” he asked.
I had forgotten that we were going on a camping trip and that the bus was going to pick me up at 8:30 am. I ran and put on some clothes and waited outside for my friends to arrive.
They finally arrived. “Beep! Beep!” I could hear the bus coming closer and closer. As I boarded the bus, I saw that it looked really old. The seats were half torn and the cushion from the seats had come off their broken frames.
We played candy crush on our phones on the bus. After a few hours, the bus came to a sudden stop. We had arrived at our destination.
The jungle looked much bigger than I had expected. As we walked through the jungle, the tall trees looked ready to greet us and the long green grass looked like a person with a bad hair day.
William was the one to find a perfect spot to set up our tents on. I got out my navy green coloured tent and set it up. Jun and Brendon were sharing a tent because Jun was scared of sleeping alone. If he heard an owl hooting at night, it would make him jump and run away, so we did not want to risk that when he could share a tent.
Kingsley, on the other hand, had a big red tent with a picture of an ugly looking wolf on it. Did he know that we were camping, not on a wildlife safari?
I wanted to collect the wood for the fire so I walked through the jungle. Seeing all the birds and animals around made me feel very happy to be here. I came back with about 20 sticks and some logs, hoping they would be enough.
William and Jun went to get some rocks to put around the sticks for the campfire. We roasted some marshmallows and potatoes over the fire. They tasted really good.
Later that night, I was in my tent, ready to sleep but couldn’t. In Jun and Brendon’s tent, all the lamps were on. Jun was the reason all the lights were on because he was scared. He thought that a ferocious wolf like the one on Kingsley’s tent would come and kill him or injure him real bad.
In the other tent, Kingsley was talking to someone, probably one of his friends about our camping adventure on the phone rather loudly. How did he even get any signal in the jungle?
Eventually, peace reigned. I could finally sleep but not for long. “Ahhhhh!” shouted someone from outside.
We all went outside the tent to see what it was. Jun was curled in a ball near the campfire. “I…I…I… s…ss… saw something in the trees,” he stammered.
William, Brendon, Kingsley and I knew it was just Jun’s imagination. Just to make Jun know that there was nothing there, we went into the forest with our torchlights. We walked and walked. It felt like forever and there was nothing there. We couldn’t even see any birds or squirrels.
We all walked back to where our tents were. Jun’s eyes were wide open, looking around to make sure nothing was coming to attack us. When we arrived back, Brendon was angry that Jun had woken him up and he had to share a tent with him. Kingsley just sat playing with his phone, oblivious of what was going on and there was me, half asleep but still aware of my surroundings.
“Snakes!’’ I shouted while scrambling to get out of the tent. There were snakes in the tent. William came running to see if I was lying or not. I ran past him while Jun was with Brendon. There were snakes everywhere. We had to get out of there as soon as possible or the snakes were going to eat us alive.
William said, “I’ve heard that if you don’t step on a snake or harm them, you’ll be safe.’’
That might be true but nobody wanted to stay. The snakes seemed to be everywhere as we ran off into the jungle . We ran until I realised someone was missing. “We’ve left Jun and Brendon behind. They‘re not here. We’ll have to go find them,’’ I whispered to William and Kingsley.
William said that he was not going back but he would stay at the spot and wait for us to return. So, Kingsley and I tiptoed back to where we had last seen Jun and Brendon.
“Help! Someone help!” It sounded like Jun.
We found Jun and Brendon a short distance away. Brendon had been bitten by a snake and it looked like he was going to pass out. I looked around to look for anything that could stop the poison from spreading into his body but failed miserably.
I took Brendon’s jumper that was lying on the floor and gave it to Kingsley and told him to wrap it around Brendon’s leg. Jun and I helped Brendon up. Brendon put one arm around my neck and the other around Jun’s.
We all walked back to where William was waiting for us. “Do you think we can go now?’’ William asked.
I nodded my head and we took our first steps out of the jungle. Kingsley was already calling an ambulance on his phone.
We got near a road and saw a truck approaching. So, Kingsley and I waved wildly for help but to our dismay, the driver did not stop. Maybe he was thinking that he was hallucinating or seeing apparitions.
Jun was even more scared now than before and William was very tired out because he was carrying Brendon on his back. Finally, the ambulance came and we all got into it and went to the hospital.
Three days later, Brendon was still in the hospital but the rest of us decided to go back to the jungle to retrieve our stuffs. Only William, Kingsley and I went because Jun was too afraid so he stayed at home.
We took our knives and medicine with us this time. Luckily, the coast was clear. We got all our stuffs and then made a run for it.
A week later, everyone was at my house planning where to go next for our camping trip. We all knew where not to go – the jungle.