BANG! Shazia flinched at the sudden noise, and her friend Emma laughed. ‘I didn’t know you were scared of fireworks.’
‘I’m not,’ Shazia lied. She pulled her coat around her neck more tightly. ‘It just made me jump, that’s all.’ She glanced at Emma’s face, rapt in the flickering coloured lights of a Roman candle. It had been a mistake, coming here. She shouldn’t have let Emma talk her into it.
There was a series of shrill squeals from a firework, twizzling and sparking through the air. Shazia bit her lip and clenched her fists so tightly her fingernails dug into her palms. It was bringing it all back, what had happened. The whole reason she’d moved to this town. Emma didn’t know – how could she? She knew nothing of Shazia’s previous life.
Shazia stared through blurred eyes at the fountains of silver and gold and remembered this day last year…
This day last year... Shazia was pushed down the memory lane... She tried hard not to... But as if the smoke and noise just engulfed her and snap... Like a time machine she was back in the pain... She was surrounded by crackers of all sorts, lots of them... and first she was happy to be here all alone on adventure, she thought while going she will carry many with her. It was a fireworks factory and she had come just out of curiosity ... As shazia moved around she stumbled upon something and it fell down with a loud noise... Scarred she looked around... And saw an old man running towards her.... Shouting what have you done... Oh my god... With this I saw a little spark on the floor and it become big immediately with the liquid I just dropped... I realised immediately that this is trouble .. It was something combustible and was catching fire... The old man shouted again RUN... Run..RUN for your life.... I looked around and felt blank as I couldn't find the way out... I started running, but it had started... Lots of fireworks together ..under one roof.....i couldn't breathe... It was all getting blur... I tried to keep my eyes open.... Finally i saw the window from where I came in... I immediately got up and as I was ready to jump, I looked back and saw the old man trying in vain to stop the fire that I started....i felt ashamed of myself but I knew I won't survive here and ran out to get some help... I ran just few metres and heard a loud bang.... When I looked back I couldn't believe my eyes the whole factory just burnt out... With another explosion I was thrown away by the impact.... Bang bang again.... I cam back to Emma with the sound of fireworks ... It really creep me off.
But this year it would be different, Emma promised me. I wasn’t sure how but I trusted Emma, I trusted Emma with my life even after last year. We were going to Lewes fireworks, apparently they are amazing, I was still a bit nervous but I knew they would be great. We left for the fireworks later that evening. BANG! Out of nowhere an explosion appeared in the sky, with bright colours spurting out of it, it was beautiful, I don’t know why I was so scared, petrified, frightened. I heard fizzing, popping and banging. Snap, crackle and pops were all I heard throughout the night. It felt like the biggest thrill of my life. The barrel parade was one of the highlights of my night, of my life. My life would never be the same, my feelings towards fireworks had changed, they are the most beautiful things I have ever seen. The colours filled the sky with light, hope and happiness. Thank you Emma for…
Ian & Kanishk, Reading School
“Thank you Emma for bringing me to this spectacular firework display, it has allowed me to understand how beautiful fireworks really are! “she shouted over the noise. They continued to watch the display. They went to get some food when suddenly they heard noises. A mixture of screaming, shouting and crying filled the icy air. A blaze of red, roaring fire just metres away from the crowd started coming towards them.
The girl carried on standing still, overwhelmed by the scarlet, scorching flames.
Bailey's group (names to follow); Beckfoot Oakbank
There was a flashback... Shazia remembered petrifying moments of seeing the old man struggling to stop the
Sophie,Ella,Maisy,Jack,Sam St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School
10 years later, Shazia is brave enough to go back to the bonfire, with her children this time. The fireworks were shooting up into the midnight sky, exploding like popcorn in a microwave. All the colors of the rainbow were radiating together. As the scars on her face were tingling a sign of fear slowly crept up her spine. Flashbacks suddenly accrued as the sound of the fireworks erupted in the atmosphere. The amber flames grew like they did 10 years ago. suddenly a herd of people raced to the exit. Shazia's heart started to race as fast s a racing car and the bitter frost clung to her fingertips as she froze in fear. all of a sudden she saw a girl run into the fire. Shazia screamed in fear. BANG!
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