Gginger landed on the shop floor and took a deep breath. He hadn’t realised that he had been holding his breath for so long. He was relieved to have finally made it down the sheer face of the supermarket shelving and to reach the ground.
I don’t know how he got down from the top shelf, he didn’t tell me. But I do know that Gginger was very scared and there were several moments when his feet had lost their grip and he thought it was all over and he would be swept up the next morning when the cleaners came in. That was it now, there was no going back, no way would he be able to climb back to the top shelf and his gingerbread friends.
Gginger looked around him and was suddenly very scared. He had been so busy concentrating on getting out of the packaging and down from the top shelf that he hadn’t stopped to think about what he was going to do when he got to the ground. He felt so small, he could barely see above the bottom shelf. The aisle stretched away from him to the left and right disappearing far into the distance. Not only was Gginger overwhelmed by the sheer size of the aisle but also by the silence. Gginger had got used to the noise of the shoppers and night time staff as well as his friends sniffing and shuffling around in the packet but now the only sound was a faint droning noise coming from somewhere in the supermarket. Gginger didn’t like the sound. It sounded like something he really didn’t want to encounter so he decided that if possible he would move in the opposite direction. Of course, if we had been there we would have told Gginger that he needn’t worry it was only the motors of the refrigeration units.
What to do now? He must make a decision quickly as he had a lot of ground to cover before the morning cleaners appeared. He could see some light coming from the left and decided that it would be a good idea to head towards the light rather than the darkness which lurked at the other end of the aisle. You and I would know that the lights Gginger was heading towards was the glare of the street lights outside the store windows, but for Gginger it was a light that held the promise of freedom and adventure. He set off at a run, keeping close to the shelving as it made him feel safer than being out in the middle of the aisle.
Suddenly, the light he was heading towards changed. It split and divided and one of the lights started to move around in a strange bobbing motion. Gginger froze, his breathe dried in his throat, his heart was beating even faster than when he had started the descent from the top shelf. He felt sick with anticipation. As the light moved towards Gginger a silhouette started to separate from the background darkness. What was it? Some strange monster with two heads, two pairs of eyes and six legs!
Gginger kept edging backwards until his back was right up against the shelving unit. There was nowhere to hide. Gginger felt sure that whatever the monster was it would spot him straight away and his life would end in seconds. He must hide and quickly. With reluctance he pulled his gaze away from the approaching monster and turning his back on it, he started to pull himself up on to the bottom shelf. He was exhausted with the effort it took, as well as all the running and climbing he had already done that night, but Gginger eventually pulled his weary body through a small gap between some packets of crackers and waited for the monster to approach…….