No one could really fathom how Mack and Zack could be such good friends. They
were direct opposites in every way -- from the top of their heads to the tips of
their toes. They were labeled the inseparables by their mutual friends.
first met when they were in Form One. It was not one of those thunderbolt
meetings but ordinary and mundane. Both were
eyeing the second seat in the middle row in the classroom. Both rushed for the
chair but a bumbling giant of classmate plumped himself into it. So they
looked at each other, shrugged their shoulders nonchalantly and placed
themselves on either side of the giant. However, the class teacher summarily
rearranged their seating positions. As fate would have it. Mack and Zack found
themselves seated beside each other.
Physically, Mack was thin and lanky. He looked undernourished but actually he
could eat. On the other hand, Zack was plump and stout and ate like a bird.
Mack was a bookworm and a star student whereas Zack was an easy-going student
who managed to scrap through his schoolwork. Mack enjoyed tutoring Zack and Zack
found himself responding well to Mack's tutoring.
Mack was a dreamer and was quiet and reserved unlike Zack who was boisterous
and outgoing. Mack listened while Zack chattered. Mack could be seen laughing
quietly with Zack clowning around and the life and soul
of any gathering.
Despite their differences, there was an invisible rapport between them. How
did it happen that between these two teenagers there was a silent unspoken
It happened that while they were both in Form I, a bully of a classmate made
Zack's life a misery. While everyone steered clear of this big bully, Mack was
the one who made mincemeat of him. Though thin and lanky, he packed a powerful
punch and the bully stayed well out of his fists. Zack adored Mack and they were
inseparables since the day Zack was "saved" from being
pulverized to a pulp by the bully and his like-minded friends.
Soon news of Mack's fighting spirit spread like wildfire and many wanted to
be his buddies. But, Mack stayed a true friend to Zack. They continued to be
friends even when Mack chose to be in the science stream while Mack decided to
be practical and opted for the arts. Not being in the same class did not prevent
the two inseparables to continue to be inseparables.
It was a friendship where looks, interests, abilities and distance could not