ESCAPING DEATH - TEACHING MATERIALS-TEACHERS' SHORT STORIES AND ARTICLES- LEISURE

TEACHING MATERIALS-TEACHERS SHORT STORIES AND ARTICLES- LEISURE

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

ESCAPING DEATH



All people were terrified and they were all looking for a shelter to protect themselves from the fierce soldiers who wanted to kill all the inhabitants of the city. "let's move to the crypt in the underground" Said Hillary to her family members. Hillary was a mature experienced woman and her she was more than fifty years old, she had white hairs and sharp eyes. Her two daughters were terrified, and they could not support the smell of death that overwhelmed the city, the older daughter called Jennifer was trembling and she couldn't control her skinny body from vibrating because of fear. What's more, her beautiful eyes were filled with tears mixed with kohl running on her cheek and she was looking backwards expecting any coward attack from a soldier; her younger daughter, Adel, said: "be quick sister, I smell the cadavers burning…" "it's the smell of death daughter, it is the smell of the unfortunate and disastrous decisions of the politicians. Unfortunately, only the civilians pay" her mother said interrupting her daughter, "your father was killed in the first world war, and I think we certainly will have a common destiny if we don't find a shelter" she added with a strong voice. They were walking speedily trying to escape death, escaping the black world that nobody wants to enter. Although, we are all going to visit that mysterious world. Adel was always asking strange questions, "why don't we let them kill us and join our father, if our father didn't like the world of death, he would have come back to us, why don't we join him mum!?" asked Adel, her mother was totally shocked, she couldn't remember the appropriate words to answer, and her mind was stuck and blocked because of that philosophical question, and suddenly she stopped under the smokes of burning houses and buildings, "you must be crazy my daughter, have to escape now those savage killers, they don't differentiate between a woman and a man, or between a boy and an elderly" "are you must be kidding me, all the people are looking for refugees and shelters to protect themselves from death, whereas you are talking about letting soldiers kill you !!! you are going to commit suicide with such strange ideas in your small head, and you have to know that you are responsible for yourself, in addition, we don't have time to discuss such issues, let's get a shelter" her mouther said shouting. Jennifer, the older sister called her sister Adel and told her «let's move sister, I'll explain to you later" she knew that the only way to persuade her to keep walking is lying to her and make her believe that she's going to answer her question later. Adel saw a silhouette of a soldier getting closer to them, she was terrified and scared. "let's go mum, let's move and find a shelter as she said", while a smile and a frown were amalgamated in her face, because she felt that her daughter understood that fear from death is natural and innate. Moreover, it's undeniable that anger and the will to revenge the murder of her husband was awakened once she saw the soldier getting closer to her daughters, fortunately she was carrying a gun that she inherited from her beloved slain husband, she was pretending she didn't have any weapon, and once the young sexually hungry soldier started to put his hands on Adel's breasts, she shot him dead with unexpected skilfulness, "we didn't know you have had a gun mum, let alone the ability to kill someone!" said Jennifer. And their mother responded: "this gun was given to me by you father before he departed to his last battle where he was killed defending his country" "and I was hiding it from you, because I didn't want you to remember anything related to you father' death" your father loved his country from the bottom of his heart, let's move my daughters, we might be attacked any time because the arrival of that soldier I killed is a sign of a troop getting closer to us" , the mother said, while walking towards the refuge. "did he love you more or less than our country mum?" asked Adel as she always raises controversial questions. However, her mother stopped again, she could not answer her daughter's question, so she said, "I'll let you know once we get to the shelter" they were crossing dead corps and recently killed and burnt people. Jennifer was vomiting and she couldn't support the savage scene that changed her views towards the world, she used to live in peace, and she used to think that the human race is the best race on earth. However, she discovered that she was wrong, the human race is the most savage race on earth, "the humans are the craziest living species on earth" she said loudly crying and scratching her innocent face. "why sister, why do you say this about people?" I always told you this and you never accepted that people are crazy, that's why I always kept telling you that the humans are the craziest race on this planet because of many reasons, and wars are just one of the reasons. What's more, I can't believe that the countries are involved in the arms race just to kill each other, where is love they teach us at school? where is love they were always talking about in the songs, where is brotherhood, where is humanity!!?" Adel said. meanwhile, she was unable to control her emotions. Her skirt was red with blood, and her skinny hands were dirty with black smoke. What's more, she couldn't support the fume coming out of burning buildings. So, she was coughing and her eyes were red and full of tears again. The sky was covered by the smoke and shouts of wounded men, women and children were heard from everywhere. Therefore, Hillary and her two daughters realized that they reached the shelter their mother had heard about. "thanks god" said Hillary with signs of relief, finally we got to the refuge to protect ourselves from the killers. Once they got to the Refuge, they were welcomed by the inhabitants of the city who survived from the attacks of the enemy, and smiles were filling their faces. Moreover, a part of the refuge was specialised only for the injured who were being treated by a famous doctor in the city. What's more, Adel, the young girl, was attracted by the children who were playing and it seemed to her that they totally ignore what's going on "how lucky they are!", their innocence was lightning the place and it gave the people, especially the injured ones, the will and determination to resist and overcome the current situation. "let me treat you injures miss, there is a deep wound under your left eye" said the doctor to Adel. She refused to be treated by the doctor and she moved went next to her mother, asking the same questions again "tell me mum, did my father love you more than the country he was killed for" , her mother answered "my daughter, you father loved me more than anybody else in the world, however, love of one's country cannot be measured especially if it was pure like your father's that's why I'm trying to protect you, because his last recommendation was taking care of you and protecting you till you get married" I still love your father, and I won't be able to forget his death" Hillary added. Let the doctor treat you Adel, and let's stay here till the war is over and go back to carry on our life.
JAMAL AIT YAHIA

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