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A Humorous Suspense

Published : Saturday, 24 November, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 867
Ayesha Binte Islam

A Humorous Suspense

A Humorous Suspense

The clouds clustered overhead, preventing the warm sunlight from being filtered through the canopy. Twelve-year-old Haiwee's scrawny figure cautiously trekked over the carpet of dead leaves. His spear, a robust tree-branch fastened to a tusk of an elephant, was all set. To Haiwee, any forest animal was wild. His ears were cocked. Abruptly, a rustling of leaves alerted Haiwee. His nerves gave a jerk. His jaws tightened. His eyeballs darted from side to side. Without giving him a chance to interpret anything ominous, something soft and furry jumped onto his back. It scurried over his skin, causing a simultaneous tickling and itching sensation that made Haiwee involuntarily try to poke it away with the head of his spear. As the result of a hit, it flung away and landed in front of a thicket not too far.

Haiwee froze on the spot. Two long ash-coloured ears hid the creature's face. Haiwee's sight traced the motion of the grey-furred animal as its ears sprang up to expose the appearance of something like a cross between a rabbit and a squirrel (for its tail).

For a moment, Haiwee and the rabbit-squirrel stared at each other. He had never seen it before. He noticed the rabbit-squirrel's beady black eyes glistening with tears. Within a tick of time, its whiskers zipped up to expose a pinkish mouth that released a shriek like how a stubborn juvenile would cry.
Was it hurt? However, the high pitch was so terrible that Haiwee did not feel like pitying it. Instead, he relaxed his firm hand-muscles, grimaced at the creature, and walked away to do what he came to the forest for-- catch a satisfactory amount of salmon fish from the nearby river. That would really make a finger-licking supper!

The writer is student of ninth grade, Maple Leaf International School

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