During the last vacation, I visited my grandparents in our ancestral home. When I went to the basement, I saw 10 anacondas sitting in a glass cage. I was scared and ran towards the door, but all of a sudden it closed.

In a corner of the room, I saw a green light. I went towards it and an anaconda rose from the cage. It said, “This place has not had visitors for many years. I am happy to see you.”

“Who are you?” I asked. “I am the King of the king of snakes. If you stay here for more than an hour, you will become like us and get stuck in this haunted basement.”

“I have no idea what you are talking about,” I said. “No one knows what I am talking about,” the anaconda said. Suddenly, a million anacondas started emerging from the glass cage.

I screamed. Nobody heard me. Then the anaconda said, “The End.” I woke up with a start. I was happy it was just a dream. Then I went to the basement. On the wall was written, “The End.”

Saachi Rao, V, Sri Kumarans Children’s Home, Bangalore