Suddenly, I heard the sound of my chickens screaming it’s lungs out. All of a sudden, I pounced out of my bed and ran down the long hallway. I tried to navigate through the darkness of the night, but I bumped into a wall or two. Eventually I got to backyard door and I peaked through the window. My mouth dropped. I grabbed my cricket ball, and opened the door as fast as I could. But the glowing eyes of the animal was already gone. Suddenly I heard a thumping sound coming from the hallway. Then someone emerged from the darkness.
“What the heck is going on” my dad said, whisper- shouting. “I’ll tell you tomorrow,” and I walked back into the dark.
Beep Beep Beep Beep. I smashed the top of my alarm. I slowly opened my eyes, half asleep. Then I saw my dad, followed by my mum walking into my room. I knew why they were here. “Is this about last night?” They both nodded. “Yes it is” my dad said. “Ok, I think I might have seen… a… a-” Suddenly, at that exact moment my dad’s phone started ringing. Both my mum and dad left the room. I quickly got out of bed to hear the conversation. “So you’re getting the truck out tomorrow, at 9:00. Then we’ll pack the truck. Ok, cool, see you tomorrow, bye”. My dad hung up. I walked out of my room. “What was that?” I said. They looked worried.
They whispered to each other. When they finished their conversation, my dad turned in my direction. “Next week we are moving to the city” My dad blurted out all of a sudden. I was deeply astonished. “Wait, WHAT! How long have you been thinking about this for?!” I shouted
“For years now”
“But why didn’t you tell me?” I questioned.
“We were worried about you and the chickens”
“What do you mean, this place is going to have a backyard isn’t it?”
“JUST GET OUT!”
I couldn’t believe it. Apparently we are moving somewhere in the city. Is this a prank or what? But I doubt it. They sounded dead serious.
Over the week we slowly boxed up everything. Then I thought about the chickens. I cried for most of the afternoon. But eventually the day came.
I woke up to the sound of a truck parking in our driveway. I sighed, and I ever so slowly got up, and started heading to the backyard. I wish my chickens could understand what was going on. Mum was in the kitchen, as if she was waiting for me. “Mum, what’s going to happen to the chickens” I asked.
“Me and your dad have agreed to give the chickens to a couple of people from up the road” She answered. “Will the chickens be fine?” “I’m sure they will”
Eventually I had to say goodbye to my chickens, and I broke into sudden tears. I think I squeezed my mum so hard she might have suffocated.
“C’mon!” My dad shouted. “It’s time to go now.” I slowly walked down the completely empty house. Then I had this weird moment. I’m leaving now. I’m leaving everything. My chickens. My backyard. My home, and where I live. It’s all going. This is the end, the end of everything I loved.
I hopped into the car. It was silent. My dad sighed, “Let’s hit the road!” and we were off.
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