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The long walk

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My heart was racing faster than I can remember. I have never felt so frightened as I tried to follow my sister and dad.

I could barely hear his voice saying, “If you don’t follow us you will be left behind!! The jeep is waiting for us at the other side.”

My sister was also screaming, “I am scared, papa!” Then my father started rambling something but before he could continue, I shouted, “Just shut up!!”

Then my sister screamed back, “It’s your fault, you are the one who kept saying, Let’s go to the canopy walk.” The truth of her words struck me hard but I retorted, “You are going too fast.”

As I walked forward, the bridge swayed left and right and I shouted, “Stop shaking the bridge!!” I walked forward and felt cold sweat streaming down my forehead and my back. I cursed – “Shit! Shit”.

It seems like infinity but finally we reached the first tree. My father then said, “Ok, now lets rest until you catch your breath before we continue.”

I looked around and saw how high we were and remembered …