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  • Writer's pictureSiheli Siyathra

My Bizarre Monday

It was just another boring Monday. I wasn’t expecting anything extraordinary. Just the usual getting ready in a hurry and worrying about getting to school on time. I was hoping that nothing would disrupt my morning routine. But then again, my luck was rotten. I woke up only to myself transformed into a turtle.

I didn’t realize something was wrong until I tried to get up. Try as I might, I couldn't turn over and get out of bed. I tried to feel my legs. I couldn’t. That’s when I looked down and saw that I had large, stubby legs. This confused me. I caught a glimpse of my reflection in a mirror opposite the bed. My arms were the same as my legs; short and stubby. My head was small. A tough-looking shell covered my back. At first, I couldn't process what I was seeing. After a few moments of staring, I saw the problem. I had inexplicably transformed into a giant turtle.

I began to panic. What was happening? How had I been transformed like this? Was there any way to reverse it? What if I was stuck like a turtle forever? Thousands of questions bounced around my mind. It felt like fireworks were going off in my head.

Suddenly, I felt very sleepy. A voice whispered in my head: “sleep, sleep.” I tried to stay conscious. It was hard with the drowsy voice whispering in my head. I felt myself drifting away. In a few seconds, I had sunken into a deep, dreamless sleep.

When I woke up again, I was back in my human body. I’d somehow changed back. I clearly remembered being in turtle form. To this day, I cannot figure out if this was a dream or not.

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