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While on vacation I chanced upon a conch shell I was always told that if you held one up to your ear you would be able to hear the sweet sounds of the ocean Shockingly I found that this was completely untrue I just kept hearing the same sentence over and over again It did not matter to me because I couldnt make any sense out of it The only thing to be heard was a voice saying While the lions are fighting do not enter the den I could feel the wind kick up and brush over me like the breezes in the savannah Although the temperature measured forty degrees Celsius a cold chill ran down my spine In pure madness I dashed back to the hotel as fast as I could It was as if the world was going to end Everyone on the beaches seemed to stare at me as if I were a madman After the cross-country race against the voices power and complicated prophecy I was completely breathless due to my asthma problem and I passed out just outside our room still holding the cursed shell Finally when I opened my eyes in the hospital room in the main city of the island I tried to explain what had happened with the shell As often happens with young children nobody believed me Because I had passed out and bumped my head everyone including the doctors thought that it was only a childish fabrication and that the lack of oxygen had perhaps made me see and hear things that never existed I tried to convince my parents to listen carefully to the sounds of the conch shell but they claimed to have heard nothing resembling what I had heard We returned home after the Christmas break School would be starting again fairly soon and I would return to my same old civilized routine Now dont misunderstand me life as an only
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