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Home Alone

 

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.

     
looming   appearing
     
substantial   abundant
     
stifle   quell
     
 
 
 

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