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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Student Essay - Park Young Gyu, Year 8, Taylor’s International School - The Visitor
Park Young Gyu, Year 8, Taylor’s International School
A man would visit every day in a grey uniform with shiny black buttons and medals on his chest. He would march into our home and salute my father at exactly the same time every day and my father would be waiting for him. I was bored all the time so I watched them like a hawk and I found out that their timing was perfect, to the second. In school, I could only say my father was a man in uniform because I had no idea what his job was. I was ashamed because everybody else’s fathers were businessmen or shopkeepers.
One day, while I was waiting for the man in uniform with a watch in my hand, I noticed that all his actions were exactly one second late. I compared the time on my watch with that on the grandfather’s clock downstairs to make sure it wasn’t late. The next day, the man came two seconds late and all his actions were also two seconds delayed. This trend continued until the tenth day when we moved out. I know that most people would not notice these things and would not think they were related but I found it suspicious. I was told that we were moving somewhere more peaceful and quiet so my father could work more efficiently. But I was never told where we were moving to. I tried to stay awake on the train and to guess where we were heading to but I fell into deep slumber. I woke up in a soft bed with a window right next to it allowing sunlight to glare into my face. I went downstairs to find my mother cooking and my father in his room working. I was never allowed inside but I could hear voices and the sound of typing on a typewriter.
A new visitor comes now, at the exact same time the last one did, performing the same actions. My father worked longer now and it seemed like he was getting more frustrated every day. I asked him about it one day but he avoided the question and instead told me I was very smart and observant. I realised he was hiding something from me but I knew he would never tell me anything. I could see a column of smoke in the distance and it never went away. Sometimes it was white and sometimes it was black. Sometimes I even saw planes in the sky like massive birds but my father made me stay inside. I wished I had someone to play with. A dog or a cat would be perfect but my mother hated their fur. One day, I tried to talk to the visitor but my father scolded me and the visitor just ignored me. The visitor didn’t visit the next day and I was worried he got into trouble because I tried to talk to him so I questioned my father about it but he said I had nothing to do with it.
My mother and I were going to leave for an even more “peaceful’ place but I reckoned it was going to be even more boring. Father would stay. I tried to convince him to come with us but nothing could change his mind. We got on a train very different from the last one. It was much smaller and less comfortable but nonetheless I fell asleep. I woke up to loud and scary noises that I found out were sounds of planes. We went into an airport which was pretty much empty and arrived at an airfield which was also empty except for one plane. We got on the plane with a few other people who looked tired and anxious. I dozed off again. Father used to tease me saying that I was a pig because I always fell asleep.
I felt a thud and heard tire squeals which woke me up. We got out of the plane and were greeted by hot wind even though it was still April. I looked around and saw many tense and anxious people. I noticed a car heading towards us. It stopped in front of my mother and me. We got in and left for a new life of secrecy. My mother wouldn’t let me mention my father’s name again.