Times Gone By Essay

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The derelict house stood isolated. The front gate that used to shine a bright startling silver had become overridden with rust whilst its turrets and towers which once stood so majestically now seemed to be devastated with the scars of time. With every step she took, a creek would pierce the silence. As she opened the decaying the door, the inside could not have been further from what she had remembered. The light airy haven in which her family had spent most of their time had now turned into a dark shade of grey. The walls which her mother once painted an array of effervescent colours had become shabby and moth eaten. There was no joy to be found in this house. That much was obvious.
As the woman aged, it was only natural for her legs to become increasingly weak and so, she sat down on the burst old couch on which her and her brother used to sleep on. The crunching sound of a mint cracking sent a jerking shiver down her spine before beginning to reminisce about her childhood...
Having never been married or had children of her own, the only recollection she had of family life was that of her younger days. As the years went by, loneliness had crept up on her. In her youth, she had always believed that time would wait for her. She thought that one day she would settle down and start a family when it best suited her. Alas, time didn’t wait and so, she was left to spend the rest of her years alone - secluded from the rest of the world, much like her house.
The first thing which flashed in her mind was the way she would sit at the window with the stern and unforgiving rain slamming into the scratched window as she would wait for her father to come home from work. Somehow, his warm yet uneven smile managed to brighten up ever her darkest of days. Whilst staring upon the mantelpiece where Christmas cards and pictures once sat, she recalled how one day for her tenth birthday when her father bought her a silver necklace which she had admired for weeks in a small boutique in the centre of town. Such a simple necklace made her feel so elated that she vowed to wear it until her dying day and so she did. Despite the fact that it was rusted and covered in scratches and scrapes, she loved it all the same.
All of her family had died in the house. Perhaps that was why the house had such a sad magic about it. A room which was once full of joy and bright vibrant colours; the scent of cinnamon which used to captivate the air; was now decrepit and beginning to deteriorate. Just as she began to doze off thinking about the memories of her childhood, she realised that an eerie chill had taken over the room. Feeling uneasy, she thought it best to investigate the rest of the house. She wasn't quite sure what made her visit her childhood home that day, but something about it felt right.
Each stair let out its own unique groan as the old woman made her way up the stairs. She once used to be able to...

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