‘Eve’s Memory’ by Alice Spivey

The horse’s hooves battered the ground with such a force anyone walking past would have thought it was an earthquake. The humid air made everything look hazy and the smell of freshly cut grass hung in the atmosphere. It was a happy time, when my sister and I would go out and ride from sunrise until sunset. Those were the happiest days of my life.  

I also remember walking the dogs along the side of the corn field with my parents and sister and walking past an old cream sign that was starting to rust. I remember it saying “ Watch out for children playing” I only remember this because it always used to make me laugh because my sister and I were the only children for miles.

One day, I remember being out playing in the never-ending corn fields with my sister. The corn swayed side to side in the fresh summer’s breeze. It was the hottest day of the year and it was midday.  

We were getting deeper and deeper into the corn and were getting more and more lost. It took us about half and hour to realise we were lost but, when we did, the weirdest thing happened. I saw a white flash speed past me at the speed of lighting. I can’t really recall seeing what it was or who it was, but a wave of warmth hit me after. I remember at the time thinking that it was a bit like hide and seek, because when we got closer to home, the temperature increased and the further away we got the colder it was.

From deep in the corn we heard something singing.

‘Ring a ring a roses, a pocket full of posies… a tissue a tissue.. we all fall down, we all fall down.’

We started running away from the singing but it just got louder. The temperature was dropping and the singing kept getting louder and louder and louder… then it stopped.

Everything went eerily silent…

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