‘I’m off on my adventure mum, I’ll be back for tea’
‘Okay don’t be late and don’t do anything that will get you into trouble’
‘Take your picnic with you I’ve put extra biscuits in for your friends’
Dougie closed the door and ran off to the big dark imposing building with its huge green doors and thick padlock and chain that kept its secrets in. The small crack in the wood of one of the doors allowed Dougie to peek in but it was so dark inside he could just about see different shapes of what that looked like boxes. He felt guilty that he’d not been honest with his mum, he wasn’t going anywhere with friends today he was going on his own personal adventure.
‘not many 10year olds would do this’ he said to himself ‘I’ll be the first and all my friends will be jealous’ which made him smile.
Dougie looked at the tree he was going to climb it wasn’t that difficult a task and he had reached the first branch during a test run the week before. He was convinced that he could crawl along the top branch that stretched on to the roof of the building he wanted to get into. The grand plan was to climb down the chimney like Santa does and see the secrets of this abandoned place. He pretended he was a pilot doing a checklist, tighten rucksack straps, nothing in pockets, old blue plastic milk crate in place for first step on to the tree, no one looking, deep breath and go.
The first branch was easy as were the next five then things got a bit sticky the big branch that led to the roof was still four thin branches away. Dougie pulled at a thin branch to see how strong it was, it didn’t snap so he climbed on to it. He did the same test for all the thin branches all fine his confidence growing he was really beginning to enjoy this adventure. It was 10 am on a scorching day in July he was up a tree about to land on the roof of a building that every child he knew had a different idea of what was in this mysterious place and he was about to conquer and tell! Other than a few scratches Dougie finally reached the base of the big branch. His heart began to beat faster he was slightly nervous as he crawled across but he was now just above the roof and only a few feet from the chimney. Finally he was ready to step on to the roof which was 30 feet from the ground. Right foot down feels ok left foot down, what was that noise?
Dougie though he heard a strange creaking sound but convinced himself that it was probably the big branch bending back into shape after he got off it. Two more gentle steps the chimney was an arm’s length away this was the stuff of superheroes. Then it happened. The creaking noise was the old asbestos roof finally giving in. A hole appeared right beneath Dougie’s feet and he was falling towards the floor of building. ‘MUM MUM HELP ME MUM’ he screamed as he hurtled towards what he knew must be a hard floor. ‘I’m sorry mum’ he cried as the guilt poured in. He was terrified and crying so hard that he hadn’t noticed that he was still falling long after he should have landed.
He also didn’t notice that he had been falling for at least 2 minutes or that he was the right way up! He stopped crying wiped his stinging eyes with the base of his hands. The falling continued but somehow it seemed soft. Everything was tar black there was nothing around him not even a noise to comfort him yet he no longer felt scared. He tried different positions on this amazing descent, sitting in a chair, lying on a settee, driving a car, flying, running in mid air this was fun.
To be cont.