My name is Chris, half Welsh half Hungarian, and I live in London. My cousin, Daniel, half Hungarian half Canadian , lives in a town 40 miles from Toronto, in Canada. Our mothers are two sisters from Hungary, and beacause of them, we are both fluent in Hungarian, and this is an important part of the story.

Every year, we would go to Canada to visit my cousin’s family for a week. This one time, about 10 years ago, when we were 11 and 12 years old, we were left alone playing on my cousin’s brand new Playstation 3 while our parents were out shopping in Toronto.

It was about 7 p.m. and we started hearing strange sounds coming from downstairs. My cousin thought that it was her grandma, bringing us something to eat, but as he looks down the stairs, he looked into the eyes of a 6′ 5” 300 pound man with a baseball bat. He immediately sprinted to his room and told me to get up and run into the bathroom, but he said everything in Hungarian so that the burglar didn’t understand us. We ran into the bathroom, locked it, and tried to think about what we were going to do. The biggest issue was that my phone had no signal in Canada, while his was downstairs in the living room, unless this guy took it.

10 minutes pass and we hear the guy is coming towards the bathroom. Our plan was that once he goes into Daniel’s room, which was opposite the bathroom, we sprint down the stairs, to a neighbour and call the police and our parents. That wasn’t the case however, because he tried the bathroom door first, and as he realised that it was locked from the inside , it was clear to him that we were in there. He literally said “If you let me in I won’t beat you” in a weird, Russian-like accent.

We were 12 but not dumb, there was no way we were going to open that door. We started talking in Hungarian, trying to figure out what we are going to do now. We thought if we wasted enough time, eventually our parents would come home and call the police. As soon as I said this in Hungarian, we hear footsteps coming from the stairs. We thought that he had friends and this just got worse. However, we could hear him swearing in another language. It was the police coming up the stairs.

One of Daniel’s neighbours had seen this man breaking in, so he called the police. These 20 minutes were the most terrifying moments of our lives.

We later found out that the guy was Russian, and this was his first attempt to rob a house. It wasn’t a succesful try, luckily.

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