"Today’s news is about the bushfires, in the outer part of the city and it can be seen from Sydney Harbor Bridge.” The bushland and all the trees caught on fire from a truck full of trees. The truck driver was smoking, flicked the cigarette butt out of the window which caused a fire in the bush. The bush in the north was burning slowly. However, the bushfires in the parkland areas were getting worse, everything was going up in flames.
“Nan do we have to go into the city?”
“Yes, Lilly we are going just in case, to be safe so pack your bags Lilly.”
Iwas devastated about the news, I love it here, there is an old gum tree where I love to go. It’s where my tree house is, it’s my special place to go especially when I’m sad or with my friends. It’s a fig tree.
It’s a dark brown tree with hundreds of branches and on the branches are light green leaves. It’s huge. My sister goes there to play games inside, there’s plastic buckets to put stuff into. It’s sad I can’t go there if we go to the city, it’s sorrowful. But I’m here to pack my stuff anyway.
I see the fire rushing up into the sky like the nuclear power plant reactor blown up by a meltdown. Quickly, I go in to my bedroom to grab my teddy bear called Blue Ted then I smell smoke.
‘’NAN!!’’ I yelled, I knew it had hit the house like a thief rushing out of a house with a flashlight. I knew It hit us bad, my bedroom walls were beginning to burn. The worst thing ever has happened, the house is on fire! Bravely I walk through the burning house but it’s hard to see.
BANG!!! I was in the bed… at the hospital. All alone I called for someone but no one came. Eventually my Nan come in to pick me up to drive me to my cousin’s house she told me everything.
10:36 pm Monday 28th of January, 2019.
It was a long drive back but we finally arrived at my auntie Ella’s. I love her so much plus my cousins too, Jeffry was there, as well as Bella, she’s so nice, she spends time with my sister Belle and I but Jeffry, well his just plain annoying.
We spent time with them over the weekend until the bushfire was over. We had no school to go to, our school was destroyed in the fire so Jeffry has a great idea. We would go to his school, Aunty Ella asked Miss Young the principal and she said we can go to her school.
8:30am Monday 25th of March, 2019
Today is the first day of this weirdly, enormous school, it’s so big there’s green boxed seats in the middle of the school, near the office for kids to have a rest. The kids here are so weird as well so I hang out with my cousin Jeffry. He has friends as well and they’re not weird like the kids in my class, in room one. The floor creaks when we step on it like paper on water going to the bottom.
Jeffry said “Did you hear the news?’’
“No,” I said.
It was heartbreaking to me so hard to hear, I broke down in tears and fell into his arms.
10:11 am Sunday 2nd of June 2019
It’s bad, the news reporter said the forest is burning and they can’t stop it. Houses burnt down, shops, gas stations and the animals got killed. I wish could move to Germany to be safe from the fires. My Pop comes from there. I just want be safe in Germany. My Pop came to Australia to begin a new life and he found Nan.
Now, I just want to go to my fig tree with the tree house on the very top. It’s beautiful there, I just want to go there.
Three weeks later there is nothing left, not even my tree house, not anything, I burst into tears when I see the sapling from the fig tree, it might sprout again I think to myself. Now we live in our auntie Ella’s house and it’s nice.
Hi my name is Lilly, but I like to be called The Boxer, it just a nickname and the fig tree was my special place, well, it was, until the fire.