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Write a story based on: "Even when darkness threatened to overwhelm us as dusk approached, we kept on digging ..."
 
When Granny realised that it was missing, she turned the entire house upside down in her frenzy to locate it. Everyone in the family caught on to her mood and also frantically turned out drawers to help her. But it was to no avail. It was truly missing. Like any self-respecting matron in a traditionally Chinese household, Granny immediately sat on the floor and started wailing her heart out.

'It' was actually a beautiful gold hairpin of the antique variety, so exquisitely crafted that it looked good enough to have adorned the empresses of centuries past. Inlaid with pearls of a rare luminosity, the hairpin was a much-treasured heirloom that represented, particularly for Granny, our family's aristocratic lineage. Its loss was akin to a slur on the family's impressive heritage, which we could not allow. It was not so much that we minded its physical loss; it was Granny's obvious trauma that prompted us not to cause her any distress. We resolved to search the whole house for it.

Three hours and fourteen willing helpers later, we still had not found the hairpin. Dispirited by our failure, we trooped back to the living room to report the bad news to Granny. Her pale face almost stilled our tongues, but Father was incredibly brave. He went forward and took her limp hands in his, coaxing in a low whisper that we could not hear. But the effect of his words was clear to all - Granny began wailing afresh and wringing her hands in earnest. We were so distraught that someone suggested that we redouble our efforts to find the hairpin.

Suddenly, Ah Siew, Granny's bondmaid since she was only two, rushed into the room to tell us that the family dog, Georgie, was seen burying something in the garden a few days back. As Georgie had free access to the entire house, it was likely that he had hidden the hairpin. What lent this conclusion weight was the fact that he was fond of dragging stuff out of the house to bury them in the garden. Father took control of the situation and assigned us to dig up the spots where Ah Siew vaguely thought she remembered Georgie digging at. Although her dim memory meant that there were a total of fourteen spots that we had to work on, we were nonetheless grateful to her for offering this clue. We set to work immediately, secretly glad to get away from Granny's hysteria.

We kept digging for the rest of the afternoon. The work was hard but everyone was exceptionally cheerful at the thought of finding the missing hairpin. If our enthusiasm was all it needed to locate the hairpin, we would definitely have found it hours ago. But obviously it was not enough. Even when darkness threatened to overwhelm us as dusk approached, we kept on digging, no longer out of enthusiasm but frustration instead. Finally, we were forced to give up when we could not even clearly make out the ground that we were churning up.

However, the house was no refuge from our frustration. Granny's wails had given way to a cold sullenness. My sister, jenny, finally decided to storm over to Granny to talk some sense into her. Before she could cross the distance to her, jenny slipped on the carpet which sent her sprawling over the rest of the distance. Suddenly, a yelp escaped her as she excitedly pointed at Granny's shawl. "The pin! The pin!" she shouted almost hysterically. We all stared at what she was pointing at. To our surprise, the hairpin was hooked onto the threads of Granny's shawl! We were so happy that we practically danced around Granny, who was herself almost delirious with joy. No one thought of chiding Granny for her carelessness - we were too happy that the near tragedy had come to the end.

     
Inlaid   set
     
distraught   troubled
     
delirious   feverish
 
 

 

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