Co-written in collaboration with J.Woo (12 years old)
Shawn and I were walking home one breezy night after a movie. We heard footsteps behind us and they seemed to be getting closer and closer to us. I felt so frightened that I broke out in cold sweat. I reached for my brother’s hand and held it tightly. “Shawn, I think there is someone tailing us. When I count to three, let’s turn back at the same time and see who he is,” I whispered.
“One, two, three!” I shouted. Both of us turned and saw a silhouette in the dim streetlight. As he approached, we could make out a tall, burly man. He was completely covered in black. He wore a black T-shirt, black jeans and black shoes while a black hood covered his head. The fellow looked downright sinister.
“Run!” Shawn yelled. We took to our heels and the menacing figure in black immediately gave chase. “This way, Shawn!” I called out. Quickening our pace, we ran until we ended up in a dead-end alley. “We are doomed!” Shawn muttered under his breath. Indeed we were, for the evil fellow was blocking the exit. By now, we were scared stiff and trembling like leaves blown by strong gusts of wind. Our legs had also turned to jelly. The situation looked utterly dismal. How had a casual night outing turned out so wrong?
The black hulk continued to advance steadily. “Not outnumbered but outsized!” I thought despondently. Snapping out of my immobilised stance, I opened my mouth and began to scream for help at the top of my lungs. Just when he was about to reach out for us, someone cried out loudly, “Stop right there or else I’ll shoot!” It was a policeman and what a welcomed sight he was with his pistol pointing at our assailant.
The felon panicked to see a man of the law. He quickly whipped out a parang and snarled, “Let me go or else I will kill them!” Shawn and I started to cry. With our safety topmost on his mind, the policeman let the parang-wielding maniac go.
“You shouldn’t be out alone by yourselves at this hour of the night,” admonished the constable before escorting us home. My parents thanked him gratefully for saving our lives. After the near abduction, I told myself that when I grew up, I would become a police officer and save people from danger.