girl survives air crash and claims a demon is after her
Ellie and the Fire Demon
It all began one beautiful summer’s day.
At five years of age, Ellie was a bright child with blonde curly hair and blue eyes. Her parents were very proud of her and loved her dearly. Anyone who met Ellie was instantly enchanted, by her lovable and caring nature. She was always well behaved and never bad-tempered.
Her parents needed to go on a business trip so they chartered a light aircraft. They considered leaving Ellie with her grandparents, but Ellie wanted to go with them. So they relented and made arrangements for Ellie to travel with them. It was Ellie’s first time away from home and her first time, flying. She was very excited about it. Her parents fretted about how Ellie would react to air travel, but as usual, Ellie took it all in her stride.
Her father took Ellie to the pilot, who explained all about the different instruments and dials. He even let her take control of the aeroplane for a moment or two. However, it was all a little too technical for Ellie to grasp. Ellie looked out of the cockpit window at the dark clouds looming ahead. Something about the clouds made her suddenly go cold and very frightened.
Ellie tried to tell the pilot that they ought to go, around the clouds, that something terrible would happen if they didn’t. The pilot told her not to worry it was the just bad weather. They would be out of it in no time and told everyone to sit and fasten their seatbelts. Ellie became frantic. She asked her parents to make the pilot turn back. They tried to reassure her that it would be fine; they would be out of the clouds soon and landing shortly.
All the time the clouds grew nearer, darker, flashes of lightning could be, seen within. Turbulence buffeted the plane making it rise and fall and tilt left and right erratically; then they were in the dark clouds. Even Ellie’s parents became worried but tried not to show their anxiety lest they upset Ellie more. Ellie bit her lip terror-stricken, she had exhausted her herself shouting and begging the pilot to turn back. She could do no more but wait for what she believed inevitable.
Lightning struck the plane!
Everything seemed to happen at once. The plane was falling, and one of the engines caught fire. Miraculously Ellie survived the crash with just minor injuries. The newspapers called Ellie the miracle child. The once bright girl, however, became melancholy and withdrawn. Ellie kept insisting the fire demon had taken her parents and the pilot; everyone spoke kindly to her. Telling her not to worry there were no such things as fire demons, and spoke sympathetically to her grandparents. Whom Ellie went to live with after recovering from her injuries in hospital. The doctors who Ellie’s grandparents had taken her to see all said the same thing. The fire demon was just Ellie’s way of dealing with the trauma of the crash and loss of her parents.
Years pass and Ellie once more became the bright, happy girl. Though there remained a touch of sadness about her that made everyone think she hadn’t quite gotten over the plane crash. Ellie’s grandmother took her to school in her car every weekday where Ellie had many friends. At the weekends her grandparents would often take Ellie for a drive in the countryside; or even to the seaside. Ellie loved the water and could swim like a fish according to her grandfather. Ellie’s favourite place when at the beach was an island a short distance from the mainland. Where seabirds liked to nest, to Ellie, it seemed so peaceful. She felt safe and secure there away from the troubles and cares of ordinary life.
Late one warm summer’s night Ellie awoke from a deep sleep. She lay wondering what had awakened her. The air was still and stifling; then she heard a sound that terrified her. It brought back vague and disturbing memories from years past. Somehow Ellie knew she must get out of the house. Quickly putting on her dressing gown she went to her grandparent’s room. Ellie couldn’t explain why she just knew they had to get out of the house. So she just shook them awake, telling them the house was on fire.
Her grandparents woke confused. They had no reason to doubt Ellie even though there seemed no sign of fire. They hurriedly dressed, and her grandfather phoned the fire brigade before they all rushed into the street. But everything seemed normal no fire or smoke was coming from the house. Ellie’s grandfather were about to protest with Ellie about raising a false alarm when suddenly a bolt of lightning hit the house. Flames quickly spread by the time the fire brigade arrived the house was well ablaze. Ellie stood watching the flames. She could hear the hateful crackling of the fire, almost like laughter but she had escaped again.
After the fire, Ellie’s grandparents decided to move nearer the sea. So with the help of the insurance money, they collected on their old house they moved to the seaside where they had often visited. Ellie was thrilled, for it meant she could visit her favourite place, the island she called her own. And even go swimming every day although starting over again at a different school she found making new friends not as easy.
Ellie made one friend though Susan. Susan’s parents moved to the area shortly after Ellie, the two quickly became friends. On Ellie’s eleventh birthday her grandparents invited Susan to a birthday party. It was a grand party with jelly ice-cream sandwiches and all sorts of fancy cakes. Ellie had never felt happier since the loss of her parents. As she sat looking at the faces of her grandparents, and her friend she felt as if a dark shadow was hanging over them.
One day shortly after her birthday, she was walking home from school with Susan when she heard that sound again, that filled her with terror. She shouted to Susan to run as fast as she could, but Susan stood wondering what was wrong. For only Ellie could hear the sound, that horrible crackling laughter of the fire demon. Everything seemed normal it was a bright sunny day there seemed no cause for any concern. So Ellie grabbed Susan by the hand and started running dragging the other girl along.
“You have to try and run faster than me,” Ellie said. Making it sound as if it was to be a race. Susan nodded understanding at last. Both girls ran as fast as they could, by the time they reached Susan’s house Ellie no longer could hear the dreadful sound. Susan waved goodbye, saying the race had been good fun and they should do it again sometime. Ellie hoped as she walked the rest of the way home, if they were to race again, it wouldn’t be in quite the same circumstances.
The next day the newspapers reported some strange events. Lightning striking several trees in one area, and a peculiar fire where someone was seriously injured. Ellie told her grandparents the fire demon had come again and was trying to get her although they didn’t believe her about the fire demon since the incident when lightning struck the house. They held a healthy respect for what they thought as Ellie’s premonitions. So they told her to let them know if she had any more warnings. Ellie assured her grandparents she would.
“I won’t let anything bad happen to you and grandpa or Susan,” Ellie assured her grandmother so fiercely. Her grandmother hugged Ellie and kissed her on the forehead, letting go she brushed an unshed tear from her eye
“I know you won’t dear I know you won’t,” her grandmother replied, her voice husky with emotion.
Ellie’s grandparents became very watchful of Ellie. They would take her to school each day even though the school was only a short distance away. One of them would be there early to pick her up when school ended. Ellie still played with Susan and confided in her about the fire demon. Susan didn’t believe Ellie and thought she was making it up. Ellie was not put off by the fact Susan nor her grandparents believed her and knew one day the fire demon would return.
All returned to normal until just before Ellie’s thirteenth birthday. Ellie began to realise, that the fire demon always came around at a particular time of year. If it were to come again now would be the time. It was a sunny, warm day the sky a deep azure blue. Broken only by a few fluffy white clouds, a slight breeze came from the sea. Ellie and her grandparents were at the beech. People sat on deck chairs, some lying on the sands sunbathing. Children played with bucket and spade making sand castles, some paddled or swam in the sea; others played beach ball or catch.
Ellie sat on the sand watching the sea while her grandparents sat nearby on deck chairs. Her grandmother was knitting, and her grandfather read the daily newspaper. From where she sat Ellie could see her favourite place it was some time since she had been there. Ellie was lost in thought when she heard that sound again, though she felt dread it no longer frightened her as much as it used too. Ellie stood and walked bare-footed to her grandparents
"It’s coming for me, but I won’t let it get you as well," Ellie said with such a sad expression that it nearly broke the hearts of her grandparents. They looked at each other, then at Ellie and asked her what she meant. It was then that a commotion broke out further up the beach. Like someone starting several fires at once. As Ellie’s grandparents stood to see what was happening; Ellie started running towards the sea. Ellie’s grandparents watched in dismay as Ellie ran followed by what looked like jets of flame spouting from the sand. Ellie reached the sea and began swimming as hard as she could towards her favourite place. She never swam the distance before, but she believed she could make it. Behind her, the water steamed and boiled. As she drew near the island, the boiling water began to subside, and the sea at last calm again.
Too far to turn back now, Ellie swam on her arms ached and she could hardly breathe. She turned to take one last look back to see her grandparents frantically calling for help, before swimming on.
Home now she thought as she thrust her arms out one last time as the island drew nearer. She thought she could see her parents standing on the sandy shore calling her on. She heard the seabirds that nested amongst the craggy rocks and the splash of waves upon the shore. No more would, the fire demon chase her. She was home and safe at last.
So if you ever go to the seaside and there is a little island just off the shore where seabirds nest and if you visit that island, maybe you will see Ellie playing on the beach or running amongst the rocks.