"Did you think we'd end up like this on our runaway night?", asked Vee.
"I'm not sure I was expecting anything. I don't think I thought so far ahead. " quipped a sleepy Mee.
"What are you thinking, Shee?"
No answer again.
"Soo, Are you asleep?", Vee nudged her.
"Vee...Hmmmmm.. let me sleep, pleaaaase!" squealed a tired Soo.
Vee and Mee giggled. They always teased Soo and Shee. But tired as they were, they soon drifted off to sleep.
After a while, Soo felt a hand on her neck. "Vee..please leave me alone. I really wanna sleep", she said. The hand was still on her neck. She held on to the hand tightly as it moved towards her chain. Then she opened her eyes and looked at Vee. She then realised that Vee was fast asleep and her hands were by her side. It was then that it struck Soo that the hand did not belong to Vee. A terrified Soo shrieked as loud as her lungs would allow her. The hand, by then retracted to where it had come from. From the window!
The girls had been careless enough to leave the window open. Some intruder had noticed this and had looked to see if he could see anything on the window sill. Not finding anything, he had noticed the gold chain on Soo's neck and that it was within reach. He had then reached inside to tug at the chain when Soo woke up.
Soo screamed and ran to Aunty and Uncle V's room. With a shaky voice and six words, she explained the situation to them. "Aunty, thief, window, hand, my neck". Uncle V was too stunned to move. Aunty V immediately picked up a cricket bat that was lying there and opened the door. She turned on the lights around the house and walked out. "Who's there?", she asked. By then the other girls woke up and ran out too. They all walked out and looked around the house but couldn't see anybody around. When it was clear that the intruder had run off and that no one was around, Uncle V walked out and yelled "Who's there? Come out, you coward! If I get my hands on you, I will beat you black and blue". The girls rolled their eyes at him.
Finding no one there, they all walked inside the house and assembled in the living room. Aunty V pacified a shaken Soo and gave her a glass of water. She reprimanded the girls that they had left the windows open. They discussed what had happened. Soo told them that she had thought it was Vee. Uncle V made fun of Soo and said that she had run to their room in three long steps, one out the girls' room, one in the corridor and one into their room. "Good that you have long legs!", he teased. After all the excitement had died down, the girls returned to their room. They immediately closed the windows and made sure that they would remain closed for the rest of their stay there.
Too tired from the tiring day but still high-strung from all the adrenaline, they decided they had had enough excitement to last them for a long time. They lay down on the bed for a long time without talking and eventually fell asleep waiting for dawn to wake them up and praying for no more excitement for that night!