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A Friend Who Did Not Listen

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Carol and I were hiking in a forested area. We had a long weekend and we decided to do something out of the ordinary. The forest was cool and shady despite the scorching sun.

We came to a river soon enough. According to the map, the only way to the other side and the shelter was to cross the river. I looked down and saw the gushing water flowing over a rocky river bed. There was a thin wooden plank in front of us. I did not think it would hold both our weights so I looked around, searching for another way to cross the river. Further up the river, I spotted a wooden bridge and I told Carol that we should use it to cross the river. She shook her head stubbornly, saying that she preferred to use the wooden plank in front of us instead.

I pleaded with her to listen to me and to use the bridge. It was too late, she heard a loud cracking sound. The plank beneath her gave way and she plunged right into the river.

Expecting the accident, I was already prepared with a rope. I threw it towards Carol and with much effort, she managed to pull herself out of the river. By this time, I was so furious, I did not wait for her to dry before I scolded her terribly. She could have lost her life in doing such a silly thing. 

     
scorching   burning
     
gushing   fast flowing
     
gave way   collapsed or broke
     
 
 
 

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