SECOND GRADE CLASSROOM ANNOUNCEMENT :

"A Story (1)"

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On a cold and windy December day. Nothing was going as it was supposed to be. Jacob was tired of his work and he just wanted nobody to bother him, therefore; he quickly changed himself, put on his running shoes and went for a run in the park. He was running thoughtlessly when suddenly ..(Valerio Z.) he heard a voice calling him. He slowed down to understand what it was. Silence. He only felt his heart beating quickly. He had a very disturbing feeling. He started running again, his mind was lost in thought. After a few meters, he heard that voice again. The voice seemed to come from far away, it sounded like a woman’s voice. Suddenly Jacob saw the park around him changing. The trees became very tall and with dark trunks like coal, the stars disappeared from the sky which became of a deep blue. The atmosphere was so creepy. He couldn’t believe his eyes. It was at that moment that he saw.....(Adriano B.)
...a woman. She stood just in front of him and he couldn't but stop. The woman wore a black old and torn dress. Her skin was so white and her long black hair covered her face. Jacob was paralyzed with fear.The woman stood there, motionless. As soon as he heard her speak again, Jacob startled. That voice was shockingly scary, so he pulled up all his strength and... (Leonardo E.)
....kept on muttering :"It's not her, Jacob! It's not her! Don't be a fool!" He looked up in hesitation, but that figure of a woman was no longer there. It had faded away.He was now alone with his sorrow. How could it be that after more than a year the painful memory of Sarah could still affect him in such a way? He felt as it he had been struck dead. His knees trembled and had the feeling he couldn't even go another step further, when he heard somebody say: "Is everything ok?" "Do you need any help?" (Stefania Gioffre')
As soon as he heard those words he collapsed on the ground, sobbing uncontrollably like a child who had just woken up from a horrible nightmare. Deep down he was embarrassed and humiliated at his actions, but right then and there he only felt an overwhelming sadness, a feeling of helplessness and anger at himself, feelings he thought he had finally overcome, but it was not so.
The stranger didn't say a word, but only knelt beside Jacob and pressed a soothing hand on his back. After a few minutes the sobs subsided, and finally Jacob took a deep breath and looked up to see who had patiently waited for him to overcome his breakdown. To his surprise it was a young woman who he guessed to be about his own age, 25, or perhaps a little younger. She was pale and slim, with a kind smile, big blue eyes and a splash of freckles scattered on her nose. Her blonde hair was tied back into a short ponytail, a few stray locks whipping her face in the cold wind. He was stunned at her beauty, but more so at the words she spoke next.
'' What did you see? Oh, don't look so surprised. This place tends to have this effect on people, but no one can ever seem to remember what they get so worked up about.''...

BIANCA Z.