Tiana goes up to her room and sits beside the window on her bed. Neighborhood children are playing in the field in front of her house. She is not in the mood to play outside. She doesn’t like the children. They are often mean to her. They call her “weirdo”. But Zara wouldn't do that. Zara wouldn't call her weird.
Tiana became sad. There are no new books to read. There is no one to talk with her. Salma is a very irritating person. She is always busy praising her work and talking big of her home village. She is not a person to gossip with.
Tiana yawns, her eyelids are becoming heavy. “I should take a nap, “she thinks. She removes her glasses to take a nap. Before laying down, she looked through the window. A girly figure is standing before the window in Zara’s house. Tiana is straight on her bed and quickly reached her glasses. There is no one. She jumps of the bed and presses her nose on the window for a better look.
“Oh! Maybe I am thinking too much about Zara. It must be a hallucination. I should go back to sleep.”
Tiana is standing in the middle of a forest. It looks familiar but she can’t remember exactly. Suddenly, she hears someone coming. As the footsteps came closer, she turns around and sees a girl standing. The person she wanted to meet the most, Zara. Tiana felt like her jaw dropping. “Oh, Zara! Where have you been? I missed you…” Before she could finish her sentence, Zara turns and starts to run. Tiana starts running after Zara shouting, “Zara! Stop!” But it seems Zara is not listening. She is running very fast, Tiana following behind her. At a point, Zara stops and turns to Tiana. She looks very pale. It looks like she was kept in ice for a long time. Tiana is panting very fast. She just opens her mouth when suddenly Zara falls down and is being pulled backwards. She is now screaming and shouting, “Tiana, save me. Save me, please!”
Suddenly Tiana feels very dizzy. She can’t stand still anymore. Before falling on the ground, she can see a dark figure standing before her laughing grossly.
Tiana wakes up with a start.
"What a terrible dream that was!" She said, still sweating.
She tries to get up and felt something on her hand. She is surprised to what she was holding. It’s a locket. Zara gifted this to her before leaving. She requested Tiana to keep that safe with her. Since that day Tiana has kept it safely in her dollhouse, locked in the cupboard. She couldn’t find any safer place than the dollhouse because no one would think of it and the cupboard was always locked. That’s the reason why she never wanted Salma to clean her cupboard. “But how did it come in my hand? Strange…”
There's a knock on the door, and her mother comes in. She gives a tight hug to her daughter.
“Had a nap?” she asks smiling.
“Hmm…I was feeling very sleepy.”
“Good. Feeling better now?”
Suddenly her eyes fell on Tiana’s hand.
“What’s in your hand, dear?” she asked, frowning.
Tiana looks in her hands for a while and said, “Maa, Zara had gifted it to me.” Her mother smiled and gave her another hug.
“A lot, Maa…”
“Don’t be sad. You will get a lot of friends.”
Tiana says nothing and keeps staring at the locket. She knows she won’t get any friend like Zara.
Her mother kissed her on the forehead and said, “Come on, now. You must be hungry. Let’s have dinner.”