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Intermediate. Years 7/8/9

Where is my mum?

By Jennifer Ballay, year 7, Blanchelande School

Confused, puzzled, exhausted. I was on a train, my younger sister Barbra sat next to me. After a while, Barbra started crying. I told her it was okay, but I wasn't sure that it was.

Anyway, let me explain... the war has ended and five years ago when I was eight and my sister was three, we got billeted up north at a farm. I had lots of fun there, Mrs Chester was really nice, although at first I missed my mum. I was dreading to meet mum today as I have no idea what she looks like.

After what felt like eight hours we got off the train and looked around. Hundreds of people surrounded the train. I looked around not knowing where to go. After hours of looking I realised there was no hope. We sat down on a park bench and eventually it started getting dark and Barbra, who was sat on my lap, fell asleep. I finally fell asleep but kept waking up because I was so uncomfortable.

In the morning I woke up by someone tapping on my shoulder. I thought it was a menacing teenager, but when I opened my eyes I was so surprised as I saw Mrs and Mr Chester! I was so excited that I jumped up and hugged Mrs Chester, but when I put my head down I realised she was holding an envelope. It was a telegram. My mum had died.

I felt guilty as I didn't feel to sad. But then I got the best news of my life because I didn't have anyone to stay with ( my dad left when I was small ), we got to live with Mr and Mrs Chester as they had never had children and they loved us!

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