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Creative Writing Competition Winner, "Silent Fright" by Amy Allen

For your reading pleasure, "Silent Fright" by Amy Allen
20-March-23
Creative Writing Competition Winner, "Silent Fright" by Amy Allen

Silent Fright

Disclaimer - none of this is linked to real life events and any similarities or names that belong to real people are purely coincidental.

1st September 2002 —

Dear Diary

Nana got me this diary for going back to school. She said she had a diary when she was my age and she still has it and reads it to us sometimes and said I can do the same when I have grandkids, which'll be reeeeeeally long away

- Sophie

7th September 2002

Dear Diary,

My day was bad :( My older sister Hope called me dumb after I called her gross vampire show bad. Then I punched her and she kicked me now Mammy's mad at me. I feel better now though cause Benson our dog cheered me up. I love Benson

- Sophie

12th September 2002

Hey Diary Kitty!!

Should I call you a real name? Calling you Diary feels weird. I'll call you... Kitty! Also, writing in this feels fun. I might make a comic of my stories when I'm old and cool, that'd be really cool

- Sophie

16th September 2002

Hi Kitty!!

It's my bit birht birthday tomorrow!!

- Sophie

17th September 2002

Hello Kitty,

I'm 7 now! I'm old. Also I got really nice presents, even from Hope. I got new books and toys and a keyboard!! I'm gonna play with Benson outside the forest its fun near there cause its quiet

- Sophie

November 27th 2002

Hi Kitty

Sorry I haven't written in a while, Hope hid you. Hope is mean :( Benson has a new collar now and there's Christmas decorations up I think there nice :D

- Sophie

December 2nd 2002

Hello Kitty

I couldn't sleep last night cause Benson was in my room barking and I looked out of the window and saw someone standing in the trees. I checked later too and they was still there. I'm gonna leave a blanket and my Daddy's boots out for them tonight cause it was snowing. There was bunches of snowflakes on my window it was crazy. I'm gonna leave out food too

- Sophie

December 4th 2002

Hey Kitty

The person was back again last night and the night before! I'm giving them food and blankets and they're taking it so I think we're friends. I'm gonna call them Kenson! So there's Benson and Kenson get it? :D

- Sophie

December 5th 2002

Hello Kitty

I keep telling Mammy and Daddy about Kenson but they don't believe me!! They say I'm making them up!!! >:(

- Sophie

December 6th 2002

DEAR KITTY BENSON WENT MISSING he ran into the woods this morning and we went after him but we couldn't find him anywhere and my Daddy said we had to go back before it got dark but hopefully Kenson will find him I really really really really miss him it'd be so cold out there I want to cry

- Sophie

December 8th 2002

Dear Kitty

We haven't found Benson yet and Hope is a bully she told me to suck it up cause life is not nice sometimes and I wanted to punch her but I'm too sad to and I didn't see Kenson last night. I left a note out last night asking Kenson to bring Benson back to me so they might be looking for him!

- Sophie

December 9th 2002

Hello Kitty!!

I keep hearing walking on the roof and I think it's Santa. There's a weird smell in the attic and Mammy and Daddy won't let me in there. Maybe it's a dead bat cause we had a bat in there before and Mammy said that we should spend Christmas at Nana's house this year and I don't wanna do that in case Benson comes back on Christmas so unless we find him before then I'm not going >:(

- Sophie

December 13th 2002

Hi kitty

Still no Benson and I haven't seen Kenson either I'm sad :( There's more walking on the roof though I think Santa is checking our house a lot! I even heard him come in and open my door and Mammy said that you had to be asleep when he's here so I was so so quiet and didn't make a sound with the blanket over my head and he left. I think I'm on the nice list :)

- Sophie

December 17th 2002

Hey Kitty

I saw Kenson today in my window he came back he was beside the shed and I'm scared of him now. His teeth are tiny and his eyes are too big and he doesn't have hair. He didn't have clothes either and he was super white but he had ketchup all over his face and chest. I don't like Kenson. But if he brings Benson back I'll be super happy!!

- Sophie

December 21st 2002

Hi Kitty

Still no Benson :( Hope screamed last night and said she saw the devil in her window and now she's staying at a friend's house. I think she saw Kenson, but he's not the devil!! She's silly

- Sophie

December 22nd 2002

Hello Kitty

Benson's still gone and I'm really scared cause there's a blizzard on outside it's making all the windows shake and the house sounds like it's screaming it's crazy and I think Santa's running around on the roof it's really really loud

- Sophie

December 24th 2002

Hi Kitty!!!

It's night time!!! It's Christmas Eve!!!!!! I just got woke up by Santa walking around in the kitchen and I think Mammy and Daddy went down to him. You can't go down to Santa when he's giving you presents or else you get punished! That's what Mammy told me!! She's going against her own rules it's crazy. I definitely think there getting punished down there cause I hear them both screaming I wonder what Santa's doing? I can't check though or else I'll get punished too!! :(

- Sophie

December 24th 2002

Hey Kitty!!!

Santa just came in to check on me and I was super duper quiet and didn't move under my blanket and he stayed for a while to make sure I was asleep and then he left!! I waited really really long after that then cause I wanted to go check on Mammy and Daddy and I went to there room and I whispered to them but they didn't answer. They were in deeeeep sleep! I didn't turn the light on though cause Mammy doesn't like when I do but they looked wet. I think they'll need a shower later. Then I went back to my room to tell you!!

- Sophie

December 25th 2002

HI KITTY!!!!

I HEARD BENSON OUTSIDE!! I'm running now and I'm following Kenson into the woods!! I think he's showing me the way to Benson!!!!! Best Christmas EVER!!!!!!! I'm gonna put my diary down so I can keep up with Kenson, see you later!! I'M COMING BENSON!!!!

- Sophie

***

Silent Fright is a series of short diary entries composed by a fictional 7-year-old girl by the name of Sophie. This is why her grammar or spelling are either informal or incorrect in most entries. The entries she writes to “kitty” slowly become more worrying as time goes on; she saw something outside of her house throughout all of December but doesn’t see the danger in it, so doesn’t treat it as danger. Childhood beliefs bled through the naivety of youth placed in a situation that blares alarm bells in any teenager or adult’s mind is what I wanted to create. It’s unnerving.

Thank you for reading.

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