Write a story beginning with: "It had been raining all day..."

- by Abigail Shannon Chua
Wesley Methodist School Melaka

It had been raining all day. I sat next to the fireplace, my toes curled up and a book in my hands. I was listening to music via my iPod and tapping my toes to the rhythm. I was about to nod off to sleep when someone banged on the door. I grumbled as I tore off my earphones and stormed downstairs to the door and threw it open. My friend, Allison, stood at the door. Her hair was plastered to her face and her clothes clung to her body.

"What happened to you?" I asked her as I helped her take off her coat.

"I'm in a hurry, Clare. It's an emergency," she said, sitting down on the sofa and rummaging around in her handbag quickly. She pulled out a mirror and handed it to me.

"A mirror?" I blurted as I took it.

"It's not just any mirror. It's something very powerful and important to me," she said as she got up and grabbed her coat.

Before she went out, I grabbed her hand and demanded, "What's going on?"

She withdrew her hand from mine. "Your whole life is about to change," she muttered and walked out of the house. "Allison!" I yelled but she hurried away. I quickly grabbed my coat and hurried after her. I followed her as she hurried down the road in the rain. I kept my distance from her and tried not to look too suspicious as I followed her down several streets before turning into an alley. She walked down it and I followed behind. Then she just stopped and I quickly hid behind a skip. Allison just stood there like she was waiting for someone. After several minutes, a portal suddenly appeared on the wall and a creature stepped out of it. The creature was humanoid but had green skin and pointed ears like an elf.

"General Tessler," Allison said with both respect and fear.

"You know why I've came," the creature replied. Allison took a step back and felt her back touching the wall.

"The key. Where is it?" the creature snarled at her.

"Gone," she replied and the creature grabbed her by the throat. She struggled as it lifted her into the air.

"We were on the brink of winning the war when we invented the portal device. The key you possessed had the power to send armies to any part of the galaxy in the blink of an eye. We trusted you and like a fool, you ran away with it and hid on this minuscule planet," the creature hissed.

"You have no right to destroy the earth. Once, we conquered planets in the hopes to develop them but now you just want to eliminate them completely. I can't let that happen," Allison choked. The creature released her and she slumped to the ground gasping for breath.

The creature walked towards her and whispered, "You would have made a wonderful wife." He stabbed her in the stomach and held fast until Allison stopped squirming. As she died she changed back into her true form.

The general and I watched as her body crumbled into dust. He pulled out a sort of radio and said, "She has hidden the key. Now all we have to do is find it." Suddenly, he looked in my direction. Out of fright, I wanted to scream but managed to control myself. He shrugged and opened another portal before entering it. As the portal closed, I ran home and quickly locked the door. I took out the mirror and stared at it. It looked so ordinary, yet contained so much power.

"What have you gotten me into, Allison?" I whispered as I cried.