A Most Memorable Day: By Shila

This short story detailing Shila's most memorable day was typed and shared with you from her handwritten story (see images below). Shila, an Ajiri-sponsored student, is a senior in high school. She attends one of the best schools in the country. 

My most memorable moments are when I went for an adventurous tour in school. I was in form three then. Our class organised a tour to just clear up our minds and have fun and just bond with each other, just before we sat for our evaluation test. 

We woke up early that Thursday morning. I dressed into my warm pants and pullover. We had breakfast in school and boarded the bus. We were going away for a week. It was not far from school.

We reached a place with no shops, no houses around, no churches or schools in the vicinity, nothing only bushes and tall trees. Since the bus could not go any further, there was no path, we had to foot. We were divided into groups of ten students. I was put into a group of classmates I rarely talk to. We had to start talking by the time we went back to school.

Our teacher gave us direction and told us to walk in our groups until we reach a local school where we were to spend the night. Little did we know that we were going to go through thick and thin before we would reach the local school.

It was about 6 p.m. when we embarked on our journey. We walked past some thick bushes and walked on. After about a kilometre walk, we saw a little hut and thought to rest there. 

Suddenly, a dog came out of nowhere and chased us. One of my group mates who barely runs was almost eaten up by that hungry dog. We ran till we reached a place we had to climb down.

We could see lights below but the steep of the hill was very discouraging. It was almost as if it would take eternity to reach the school. Most of my group mates could not move even an inch because of their big bodies. We had to wait for them since the rules dictated that we should stick together.

We decided to sit and just slide down. Some crawled down the slope. It was hectic, yet fun. We found so many small animals but we hd no strength of even running away from them. We were exhausted. 

On the arrival at the local school, we found other groups already there. We joined in the kitchen and cooked inner. After all the groups had arrived, we ate and sat around the fire and told stories of our journey.

We laughed at each others stories of how they lost their way, or how they fell down or how they lost sight of each other. Later, each of us dropped asleep where we sat. 

Shilla Mangara