The hours past slowly as I sat alone. Locked away from life. Forced to be secluded. Forced to be alone. Anything would be better than this I decided. Anything! I picked up a book from the small round table in the centre of the room; 'the magicians apprentice' I'd read it a hundred times before. I dropped it back again. I walked to the single, small window, the only source of light in this dank room, and stared at the street below. People past below smiling, laughing, talking. I can't remember the last time I smiled or laughed. They were all completely oblivious to the pale girl watching them from above. I saw a family in the park across the road; the parents pushing the children on the swings and all of them laughing. "those kids don't know how lucky they are" I thought.
Footsteps were getting progressively louder as someone approached my door. I ran for my chair. just as i sat down and opened the book the door creaked open. standing in the thresh hold was was the huge figure of jamie, my uncle, the one who kept me locked away. he gained custody of me four years ago when my parents died in the fire. i've been in this room since. jamie smiled that evil smile of his and walked over to me. he stood behind my chair resting his arms on the back. "what are you reading Danica?" he asked, he already knew as it was the only book i owned but i answered anyway. "the magicians apprentice uncle." i said it quietly as he got angry if i was loud. " again?" he asked
"ah well. good job i got you a new book then hey?"
"oh, thank you uncle. what book is it?" he produced a smallish book from his pocketand held it out to me. i took it gently and looked at the cover ' a mid-summers night dream' i'd read it in school but that was before my parents died and my uncle didnt need to know. i placed it gently on the table and stood to face him. his arms were spread for me to hug him. i reluctantly moved in to his embrace.
my stomach heaved at my hugging this monster. he let me go after about a minute of unbearable closeness to this beast. he walked over to my bed and sat down on the edge. as he did so i asked him a question i had never dared ask him in the past "Uncle" i said my voice shaking "why can't i go outside like other people?" his face darkened like thunder and i saw his fists clenching. "what?" he whispered "did you just question me?!" he stared at me as if he were ready to strike. i grew stronger from this look "yes uncle. yes i did question you. i want to know why you keep me prisoner. i want to know why uncle. why?!"
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