The Initiation

Today was the day. The day of my initiation. I’d talked it over with others for their
opinions and asked if any of them had done it. Many smiled knowlingly and said yes,
many times. One even said he was thinking of having another go soon.
It was time to start. I had my supply raft and I was plunged into a dark wet tunnel, the
sides of which seemed to close in on me.
I travelled slowly at first but in the darkness my mind played tricks. I thought I heard
voices at one stage of the journey and music at another.
The water started to move a little faster and so did I.
I was wishing I hadn’t started this, but I didn’t know how to stop or go back.
I was being jostled now and there was a constant Boom Boom coming from
somewhere.
Ahead of me I saw a light, that must be the end of the tunnel. The water was rushing
me now, rushing me to the opening . The Boom Boom was louder. It was very bright
at the opening but it didn’t seem big enough for me to get through. I felt a moment of
panic. What if I couldn’t get through?
The water now was torrential, moving me forward at a terrific rate.
I’ve lost my raft, my supplies.!
I burst through the opening of the tunnel. It’s a Waterfall!
I scream at the top of my lungs.
Even with both eyes tightly closed I can see the brightness.
And the cold! It is freezing. I am shivering and I know my bottom lip is dothering.
I am flying through the air.
I am terrified. I keep my eyes tight shut and I continue to scream.
I have landed, it’s on something soft, warm and cushiony. I am safe. I have survived
the Initiation.
I open my eyes and there are faces beaming down at me.
O.K. you guys. Which one is my Mummy?

The Initiation

hilarydougill

Co Durham, United Kingdom

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