A FUNNY MISUNDERSTANDING
By Tan Wei Jian
De La Salle School (Primary 6)
Interesting take on the theme of “funny misunderstanding”. Wei Jian has also crafted an effective descriptive starter.
(Wei Jian was from the Primary 6 Class of 2015 and scored an A* for English. Well done, Wei Jian!)
That afternoon was a clear blue sky with not a single cloud in sight. The blazing rays of the sun flared onto the ground encasing everything and everyone in its tremendous heat. I had just ended my tuition class and was on my way back home. Looking at the blazing ball of fire high in the sky. I felt lethargic as if the intense heat of the sun sapped all my energy from me. As I squinted in the glare of the sun. I quickened my pace to get back home for a glass of icy cold water. A layer of sweat glistened on my forehead and soon was dripping down the sides of my face.
When I reached home, I threw my bag onto the sofa and switched on the air conditioner in my room. Extremely thirsty and exhausted, I immediately got a glass of icy cold water. I glanced out at the sun again while sipping the cold water. From where I was sitting, I could see a few girls at my neighbour’s flat, as their main door was open. My neighbour’s daughter, Mary, was among the group of girls. It seemed that there was an argument between Mary and another girl. Screams and shouts could be heard. Typical girls! I shook my head and sighed. Suddenly, I caught sight of the girl raising a knife in the air. Before I knew it, she had stabbed Mary in the stomach!
Too afraid to know what to do next, I stood rooted to the spot as I saw a pool of crimson blood form beside Mary. My eyes widened in terror. My face turned as white as a sheet. Murder! I was completely stupefied by what I had seen! Regaining my senses, I dialled ‘999’ with jittery fingers. Dumbfounded, I started to feel queasy and my heart pounded like a jackhammer. I felt a deepening sense of panic, so frightened that I found it hard to breathe.
I decided to go to Mary’s house and armed myself with my father’s golf club. What if the murderer killed me too? Would I die? Was she deranged? Thousands of thoughts flashed across my mind as the scene of Mary being stabbed replayed in my head. All of a sudden, peals of laughter came from Mary’s house. Was the murderer laughing maniacally at Mary’s dead body? That thought sent a chill down my spine and I was even more terrified. Approaching the open door, I made sure to hold on to the golf club tightly. To my extreme horror, Mary suddenly appeared at the door with a smile on her face and stains of blood on hair and on her clothes. She was the dead body I had seen just now!
“AAAAAH! Ghost! Ghost! There’s a ghost here!” A shriek rose out from my lungs and in a hurry to escape from the ghost, I loosened my grip from the golf club and it dropped with a loud CLANG. Luck was on my side as I bumped into two police officers while escaping from Mary the ghost. “There! There… there… ghost! There…” I stammered incoherently, jabbing my fingers wildly in the direction of my neighbour’s flat. The police rushed towards the flat immediately while I hid behind a wall, still afraid that the ghost would haunt me. Soon after “Mary the ghost” had explained the situation to them, the policemen chuckled so heartily that their shoulders heaved.
It turned out that Mary and her friends were making a video for a project. I came out of my “hiding spot” and even laughed at my misunderstanding of the situation. It was good that the police officers managed to see the funny side of the incident and did not fine me for triggering a false alarm. After the police officers left, Mary invited me to her house and she even showed me the video that they had made. We were all guffawing at the scene of Mary being “stabbed”. I learnt a lesson to not be so rash and jump to conclusions in future.