A Short Story by Azalea Dewi Calista Egerton
A BBC-2 500 Words Writing Competition – longlisted entry by Azalea Dewi Calista Egerton
The cawing ravens flew from the ominous woods. I was curled up in a ball under a tree as I watched them go by. The trees loomed over me and they cast shadows that stretched miles and miles. The mist hung from the mountains ahead of me. The sky was grey and dull. I was alone and lost in the woods. I had walked too far from home and I had got lost. I kept having an eerie feeling something was going to jump out and eat me. Just as I started crying, the ground started to shake and the crows started squawking. Even the strong trees started shaking. I could feel footsteps getting closer and closer so I ran. I ran and ran and ran but when I turned around, a giant was staring down on me. He was made up of wood, with some occasional leaves growing out of him. He had wild, blue eyes and he had leaves for hair. He was basically a giant tree.
It was like my brain switched off, I was just staring at him in awe. And he was staring back. His long and wooden hand reached out for me and that was when my brain switched on again. I tried to run, but before I knew it, I was in the air, in the hands of a wooden giant. He brought me up close to his face and I stared into his deep eyes. He stared back at me for a bit and put me on his uncomfortable shoulder. I could do nothing but sit still because I was hundreds of feet in the air. The view was amazing and the forest was actually quite beautiful. I could see a glistening lake and the dears running. The birds were singing but I still had a horrible feeling because I was with an unknown creature and I didn’t know where we were going. From afar, I could see a hut in a deserted area.
When we arrived, the giant put me down in his giant wooden hut. The giant picked some sticks from the ground. He then made an eating hand gesture. “Am I supposed to eat this?” I said. ‘’Ug” he said in a deep voice. It was like thunder rumbling across the sky. I assumed he said yes so I said, “No thank you.” He grabbed the sticks from me and stuffed them in his mouth. He let out a strong burp which made the ground shake. I immediately burst out laughing and so did he. It seemed like he was actually a friendly giant, so I was not scared anymore. He suddenly put his hand on his eyes and said, ‘’Ug,Ug,Ug,Ug.” I ran to find a hiding spot and hid behind a bush. He looked everywhere, behind the hut behind the trees. He sat down with a worried look on his face. “Here I am!” I said jumping out of the bush. “Ug,” he said happily. I then realised the sky was turning a beautiful orange colour and the birds were flying across the sky. I realised it was getting dark and so did the giant. The giant picked me up and put me in the wooden hut and put a leaf over me. I stared at him and he stared back. That was when my eyes started to get heavy. I then drifted off into a deep, deep sleep.
I woke up the next day to a blue ceiling. I sat up and I realised I was in my room on my bed. “Was all that just a dream?’’ I said to myself. I ran downstairs and found my mother cooking breakfast. “Morning,” she said. I ran outside and sat down in our garden, staring at the forest. I was utterly confused. I stared at the forest and that was when I saw a giant amongst the trees, waving at me. I waved back.
We thank Lea for sharing her short story with her Stamford Family! Congratulations for getting your story longlisted and keep writing! We hope to see you soon in Bandung.