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Write a short story about a girl running away from home and what happened to her
 
Laila came home one afternoon after school and found her mother gone. She knew her mother was unhappy for she did not smile anymore. Moreover, she cried a lot at night. Laila sat on the doorsteps and waited till midnight. Her mother did not come home. Her father, Mr Siva, came back late. He pretended that nothing had happened.

Soon a year passed. There was not a single day Laila hoped her mother would come back. Every night, she went to bed hoping the next day, her mother would be there to wake her up for school. Every day, after school she hoped to see her mother in the kitchen when she came home. Her school grades were dropping badly. Her teachers complained about her homework and tests marks. They often caught her daydreaming in class.

Her classmates and friends were finding her difficult. They thought she was strange. There was one day, her friend, Jill, saw her in the toilet talking to herself. She was talking to her reflection in the mirror! Jill felt frightened and ran out. After this, everyone avoided her like the plague.

It was then she decided to run away from home. She did wonder, "To where?" She did not have the answer. But she had come to a point where she did not care anymore. All she knew was that she just had to leave home.

That morning, she got up early. Somehow, her decision to leave home had made her stronger. She quickly packed her bags. For the first few days, she had nowhere to go. She had little money. So she had to be careful about what she spent on. At night, she slept on the staircase of a block of apartments. She would walk along the streets the whole day till she was exhausted. And she went back to the staircase late at night. This was after the residents were asleep.

Meanwhile, Mr Siva was very worried about his daughter. He checked with her teachers, classmates, friends and relatives. Nobody knew where she was.

They advised him, "Go and make a police report. The police will look for her."

On the sixth day of her running away, Mr Siva heard a heavy knock on his door. He opened the door and saw his neighbour, Ah Seng. He was saying, "Someone saw your daughter."

Mr Siva's hands were trembling. Ah Seng was holding a newspaper. He turned to the second page of the newspaper. "Look! This is your daughter's picture."

Mr Siva looked at the picture. Oh yes, it was her picture all right. The picture was with an article. The headlines read: `Missing girl had an accident'. It continued to say that she saved a little boy who was running across the road.

Without changing his clothes, he rushed all the way to the hospital where his daughter was. He saw her lying on the bed. Daughter and father held each other and cried in happiness. They were so glad they had found each other again. Mr Siva vowed to his daughter that he would be a good father to her.

     
reflection   mirror image
     
exhausted   very tired
     
vowed   promised
     
 
 

 

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