"No! No school!" the toddler protested as the enormous building came into sight, "I don't like it!"
"There, there," the mother comforted, giving the toddler a tight hug. "You can meet new friends there, remember? Don't you like friends?"
The toddler gave a slight nod, and paused for a moment before looking up to the parents, "Why?"
The father chuckled, lowering himself to the toddler's height, "You will learn new things at school, and maybe one day, you'll be smarter than Papa."
The unwary eyes lit up and a smile creeped on the trusting face, "Really?"
"Really," the mother reassured the toddler, "You will know everything you want to, but you have to go to school first, okay?"
"Okay," the toddler nodded, but uncertainty and doubts could still be made out in the fearful voice as the eyes came into contact with the formidable construction again.
The feet were guided towards it unwillingly, and the hands were clenched to the parents subconsciously. With each step, the grip tightened and the trepidation increased, and the more haunting the nightmare became.
"Mama! Papa! Stay!" the toddler cried out when the family reached the harrowing doorway, the dreadful eyes clouded with tears.
'Look," the father took out a photo from his pocket, "here's a picture of us. If you miss Papa or Mama, look at this picture and you'll see us again."
The hands grasped on the photo firmly as the toddler took one last look at the parents before stepping into the school, with droplets of tears raining down the face.
2 years, 9 months, 4 days, 20 hours, 57 minutes, 3 seconds;
33 months, 4 days, 20 hours, 57 minutes, 3 seconds;
1008 days, 20 hours, 57 minutes, 3 seconds;
24212 hours, 57 minutes, 3 seconds;
1,452,777 minutes, 3 seconds;