I could hear footsteps following me. I stopped and turned to see who it was. The
dim street lamp did not allow me to see far and it looked like I was alone. I
could not hear anything other than my heart thudding
away. Was it my imagination?
I was returning home after a late music lesson.
My parents were attending a neighborhood watch meeting so I had to get home on
my own. The distance from my music teacher's house to my home was just
500 meters. The street was darker than I had expected but I was not very worried
about the short walk home. I was busy thinking about my upcoming music exam when
I became aware that I was being followed.
I continued on my way, alert for any sound. There it was again, the sound of
someone walking behind me. Fear gripped me and I hurried on. My house was just
around the corner. I decided to run. To my horror, whoever was following me
began to run too. I glanced behind me and saw a dark figure catching up with me.
The next instant, I ran into a dustbin by the road and fell flat on my front. I
felt a hand grip my arm and I screamed in panic. The hand released my arm and I
pushed myself off the ground, getting ready to run again. I found myself looking
at a startled young lady dressed in a dark tracksuit.
Next moment, there was a rush of footsteps and someone calling my name. To my
astonishment, my parents appeared together with a few people I recognized as our
The young lady who looked anxious at first now seemed as relieved as me. We
were all shepherded to our house which was
just two doors away. As my mother put ointment on the bruises on my arms and
legs, I was asked to explain why I ran away from Jagdeesh, the young lady. After
listening to me, Jagdeesh laughed. She told us that she was new to the
neighborhood. She had gone jogging that evening. On the way home, she was
walking behind me when she heard footsteps followingher and she decided to run
when she saw me run. It turned out that what she had heard was the neighborhood
watch group patrolling the street. When I
fell, she went to help me up, which unfortunately led to my screaming out in
The night ended with us having supper together. Indeed, it was a strange
introduction to the neighborhood for Jagdeesh. However, after that, we became