to let himself be teased any longer. If it failed, at least he would die straight away.Without a seconds more thought, he turned back round and ran. The beast sawhim and arched its back, ready to pounce as the boy ran past. The boy didn’tstop running. He couldn’t. His legs were carrying him faster than he’d ever runbefore. Out of the corner of his eye, the creature approached. He dived forwardsout the way of a huge claw, which smashed down where he had just beenseconds before. He had hit the ground hard but was already on his feet beforethe creature had a chance to turn and attack him. This was it - he had reachedthe doorway. Without once turning back, he ran through. Behind, he heard thebanging as the great beast started to move towards him.Then, strangely, the banging stopped with one final ear splitting noise thatsounded like there had been an explosion. Dust whipped up all around and hefelt himself being thrust forwards through the air by a strange force. He hit thebanister of the staircase and toppled over the side, falling down with no chanceto steady himself. He tumbled down the stairs uncontrollably, his head bangingagainst the steps as he fell. He landed at the foot of the stairway, every singlepart of his body seeming to hurt.His mind was muddled, thoughts whirring round in his head giving him a searingheadache. The creature was not following him and he stopped to regain hissenses for ten or so seconds. He would have run on had it not been for the factthat there were no more loud noises, just a strange, eerie silence that descendedall around him.“Finally!!” came a voice from behind him, piercing the silence suddenly. He stoodrigid in shock and his breathing had caught short. A hand rested on his shoulder – a girl’s hand.“We’ve been tracking you for a long time and it looks like we’ve finally found you.Relax,” came the soothing female voice. The boy turned to face a girl about 14, abit younger than him, with long scruffy blond hair which was very dirty, wearingarmy clothes and no shoes.“What’s your name, kid?” she asked.
He was older than her. Why was shecalling him,
He didn’t wish to argue. This was the first sign of life he’d seenall month and he wasn’t about to chance loosing her.