A shadowy darkness crept over Simon and sent shivers down his spine.
He was sitting in his living room, watching television when he saw
the looming shadow. Everyone was on a holiday in Europe, so there could
not possibly be anyone walking around in the house. Simon jumped from the snug couch and went to investigate.
He walked into the kitchen but the shadow retreated, as if it knew
that Simon was looking for it. It moved towards his bedroom and Simon
swallowed the lump forming at his throat. He could not decide if the
shadow belonged to a ghost or a real thief, who no doubt would be
helping himself to Simon's substantial CD collection by now if he
was in the room. The thought of losing a single precious CD of his
was enough to make Simon rush to his room and turn on the lights.
But first he made sure to grab his mother's priceless Ming China vase for protection against the thief.
He was surprised to find that there was absolutely nobody in his room.
He was even more startled that his neighbor, Mrs Rani, was staring right
at him from just outside his room window. She looked just as stunned
to see Simon as he was to see her. Luckily, Simon recovered fast enough to
stifle his scream.
After settling the misunderstanding, Simon realized that Mrs Rani
was simply checking on the house. She was the one who made sure that
everything was all right and that nothing was amiss during the time
when his whole family was on a holiday. Simon, on the other hand,
explained that he had not gone to Europe with his family because he
had a camp to attend instead. His camp had ended that very day and he had just got back.
Simon invited Mrs Rani into the house for a cup of coffee to talk
over their humorous incident. He was thankful to have such a helpful
neighbor and she was thankful that Simon was not a burglar.