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15 06 2010

“Sshh! Mustn’t make any noise.”

“I don’t like it here. I want to go home.”

“We can’t, it’s gone. Remember?”

“Oh, … yeah.”

“Just be quiet.”

“Why isn’t there any light? I don’t like the dark, not when it’s this dark.”

“We’re in a cave, silly. There’s no light in caves. Not down away from the opening.”

“I’m cold.”

“Hush, you might wake it.”

“What? Wake what?”

“The thing that lives here, in this cave.”

“Please, can’t we leave?”

“Where would we go? We’ve got no home anymore. It’s just the two of us now.”

“Why do we have to hide?”


“That’s not a reason, you know it isn’t “

“I just know we have to, that’s all.”

“I want a nice hot bath, food too, I want some food.”

“We don’t have any.”

“What was that?”

“I told you to be quiet, I think you woke it.”

“I’m scared.”


“I want to leave now. Wake up, it’s cold in here. Let’s go, please?”

“Please, wake up? Why won’t you wake up?”

“I’m so cold. Please? We don’t have to hide anymore.”

“I want to go home. I want Mama and Papa. Wake up!”

“Cold. Want Mama.”

Police report that the children of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Kruger were found today. They left home while playing hide and seek with their parents but disappeared in one of the numerous caves in the area. After two weeks of intensive searching their bodies were found deep in one of the caves. The cause of death was hypothermia. There are no criminal charges pending against Mr. and Mrs. Kruger since the authorities are satisfied the incident was accidental the police spokesman said.



One response

5 07 2010
Cerridwyn Tiponi

Nice piece. I like how it makes you think one thing at the beginning and then there is the twist. Very telling none the less. Thanks.


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