Danny and I are going to hang out at
the railroad tracks, and the beach with Nora for my fourteenth
birthday today. Okay well, I'll write later,
shut my purple diary and went to rifle through my drawers. I
picked out my favorite green cami and a pair of shorts, after I
put my palm tree bikini on. I went over next to my blue and
dark-green bed and picked up my locket inside of the conch shell
that I'd found last year at the beach. I slipped the locket that
had the oceans' picture in it and walked to where my brushed was.
I picked it up and let the bristles run through my thin straight
black hair. I set it down once I was done and started to walk
down our red carpeted stairs.
went into our granite kitchen and grabbed a fruit from the
basket. I bit into it and found out it was actually
you really shouldn't put these in here," I
"Sorry dear, but you really shouldn't
bite them," she pointed at me.
"Where's Dad?" I looked through the
glass window where he was usually sitting in his
"Honey, he's not home yet," she went on,
"there have been threats to attack here, so he went back, he
cannot leave until they say he can go," she informed
dad was a world famous actor, but that never was his dream, he
always wanted to be in the Navy, and he got his wish, he is
currently In England for training, but he didn't want to endanger
my mum and I. After we moved to only the nicest and richest place
on earth, he went into the Navy. My mum and I are living in one
of the biggest beach houses I've ever seen, in Dubai. We've been
living here for five years.
wasn't all bad, besides leaving my friends behind, I had made new
ones here, and I still sent posts to my old ones. My dad would
write to me too, and of course I'd always as when he'd be coming
home next. He'd just respond 'when I can' but that was enough for
me. Just to know he would be coming home is great.
looked back to my mum but she disappeared. I turned around in a
circle until I almost knocked my mum's scrawny little 5'0" body
over. Her dyed-brown hair whipped around as she grinned
"Happy birthday!" she jumped, handing me
is it?" I asked.
no no!" she snatched it back, "wait to your father gets
that's fine. Mum... Nora, Danny and I are going to hang out, is
that okay?" I hoped she wouldn't mind.
"Great! Just call me when he gets here,
we'll be close," I said as I grabbed my bag and went out the
closed the door from behind me and took out a rubber band, it was
broiling hot today. I whipped it up into a ponytail and stroked
my fingers through it. I walked down my drive way and turned the
corner to see Nora's always smiling face and illuminating blue
eyes looking at me. Danny was next to her with his buzzed blonde
hair and tan face looking at me smiling also. Nora was wearing
hey" Nora lingered on the 'ey'.
"Heya," my voice cracked and went up an
"Happy birthday!" Nora and Danny said at
the same time.
thanks guy," I smiled.
"C'mon, let us go!" Danny said
and I looked at him, he just shrugged. We laughed and then
started to walk.
looked around at the beautiful people and places, recognizing
that over the years Dubai has changed alot. it used to be Arabic,
the language, or accents some probably couldn't understand. I
noticed that it was very diverse now, there were all types of
people that lived here. People from England, Australia, Jamaica,
United States, and so on. The only thing is that most people had
to be billionaires to live here, and another element I noticed
was the very very rich people weren't always friendly in movies
and such, but Dubai makes every one of those movies seem
ridiculous. Everyone here was
walked down the only road here that wasn't owned by anyone. .
.yet. And, unchanged, there was our railroad track. Nora
ran to one side of it as I did the same; we walked on the wooden
tracks until the end of them.
"Hurry up Danny!" Nora screamed in her
warming British voice.
sighed and started to run full speed at
grabbed my arm and threw me towards him. I fell with a thud and
she stopped. She came to my side as I was curled up on the wooden
boards; she reached her hand over my shoulder and turned me
my gosh!" she panicked and started running in
smiled and sat up and started to
"Hey!" Danny said
"Hiya!" I ran over to him and poked
Nora ran off screaming like a little girl, Danny and I were
having a poke fight. I poked him so many times it felt like my
fingers were about to break.
"MALEAH YOU LITTLE!" Nora charged at
grabbed her waist and hugged her like a teddy bear. I laughed so
hard I fell to the ground. Danny and Nora were like brother and
sister, but Danny and I were too.
"C'mon let's go to the beach before Nora
has a heart attack," I laughed.
* * *
home from our fun little day at precisely 7:30
walked in through the door and saw nothing but darkness. No
lights were on. Maybe my Mum went for
"Hello?" I asked, setting down my
began to navigate my way through my house until I heard a voice
coming from the kitchen.
"Malee!" the lights flicked
to wait and see who it was since the sudden light made me shut
them rapidly. I opened them after I my eyes adjusted and saw my
dad in his uniform sitting at the
"Dad!" I yelled and sprang
zoomed into the kitchen and hugged his giant head that I'd always
made fun of.
"Happy birthday Maleah!" he said
"Thanks, where Mum?" I looked
snuck up behind me and made me jump, then shoved a big box into
my gut which made me laugh, for some odd reason. I looked up at
her sympathetically and started to tear the paper
finally tore the last layer of wrapping paper, remembering my Mum
always does ten times more than needed, I saw a beautiful silver
chain with a glass shell-shaped clasp at the end of it, shining
brightly against the light, and a bright raspberry colored
Cinderella-looking dress under it.
did you. . ." I stopped.
the base, where people can actually go, they had a new stock come
in and I offered to help, and I saw this necklace, and I know
you've been looking for one for quite a while now, and the dress
was nothing, I know you like that stuff" my dad smiled and I
hugged him and Mum.
thank you, thank you, thank you!" I
went upstairs and entered my day in my diary, and then headed off
* * *
My phone went off.
woke up suddenly and saw it was nearly 4 o'clock in the morning.
I grabbed my phone and saw it was
"Maleah! Hurry!" he
"What's wrong?" I heard a boom in the
"Maleah, were being bombed! Hurry meet
Nora and I at the railroad track NOW!" I jumped out of
grabbed as many things as I could and slipped on a black sweat
shirt over my new dress. I ran to the side of my bed and saw the
fire erupting in my bathroom; I grabbed the new necklace and put
it on. I threw everything into a bag and rushed out of my burning
house as fast as I could.
"Mum!? Dad!?" I screamed as I coughed
through the smoke.
stood there for many minutes in the smoke until my lungs were
about to give out. I ran out the destroyed door and started my
way to the track. I kept running without looking back, dodging
the cracks in the streets and hiding from anyone that was
carrying a gun.
I got there I looked back and saw
okay, Malee," Danny hugged me.
"Where's Nora?" I asked
"Right here." she said
went over to her and we discussed how we were going to get out of
there, and we decided we were going to run down the railroad
track until it stops. Running is all we can do anyway, and no
destruction was over here. We talked until it had gotten barely
light out, and then packed up our stuff as small as we could and
it began to get light out.
"Maleah!" I turned as we were about to
leave my dad running full speed towards
"Don't stop running." he continued, "I'm
so proud of you," he kissed my forehead and took his gun off of
searched my Dad was dressed normal in jeans and his red Converse
as usual. He stuck his hands in his pockets and nodded to me.
Dad," I said. "I'll see you in the future," I
"Maleah! Come on!" Nora and Danny cried
ahead of me.
I waved goodbye and started to run after my friends.